Drafting Custom Sloper Patterns - Private Lessons

Private Lesson: Slopers



Private lessons for learning to make your own custom sloper pattern.

To get your lesson on the schedule, please refer to the calendar below and provide the date and instructor your are requesting.

Slopers are the basic building block for all patterns. For commercial patterns, a sloper is based on typical/average/ideal body shapes. For indie patterns, the slope is probably based off the designers body shape. In this sloper private lesson we will help you develop a sloper pattern based on your specific body measurements; and that sloper can be used to draft an endless number of patterns at home, or modify commercial patterns and achieve a more customized fit. A bodice sloper details the length, width, and shape of your torso, as well as the bust points and the length of bust darts. You can a bodice sloper with a skirt sloper to make a dress. A pants sloper takes all the guess work out of creating a great fitting pair of pants. If you have never made a sloper before, we recommend starting with a bodice sloper, then a skirt, and finally pants.

Cost: $340 covers a 4-hour private lesson. Most students can finish a bodice sloper within a 4-hour lesson. Your 4-hour session can be booked all at once or broken up into two 2-hour sessions. Additional time can be purchased if needed. Private sewing lessons are booked in 2+ hour blocks at a rate of $85/hour.

Prework: none.

Scheduling: Private lessons are booked in 2+ hour increments. Use the calendar below to find a date/time that works for you and Sarah. Enter the selected date/time in the note section at check out so we can secure that spot for you.

Instructor: Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Western Michigan University. When she is not teaching at Fabricate Studios, she works full-time in the industry using her skills in professional pattern making, technical pattern drafting, draping, and bringing paper to life at an apparel company in the metro Atlanta area. Sarah has over 6 years of hands-on experience that she willingly shares with the students at Fabricate Studios.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have specific questions about the lesson and we will respond as soon as possible.

Required Supplies

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and basic sewing kit

Additional Supplies: this list may vary based on your goals.

  • Pattern Paper 3 – 4 yards
  • 3 – 4 yards of muslin
  • Clear Ruler
  • French Curve (optional, we have one at the studio that you may borrow)
  • Tailoring Measuring Tape
  • Hip Curve (optional, we have one at the studio that you may borrow)
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper for taking notes