Fitted Torso Sloper
This lesson will teach you how to drape a fitted torso, a silhouette that is shaped at the waist and ends at the hip.
In this lesson you will learn all of the fundamental pre-draping procedures including measuring the dress form to prepare your muslin blocks, measuring, tearing, blocking and pressing your muslin pieces and the importance of adding guidelines for balancing the grain as you drape. Use our Fitted Torso Sloper Measurements Form to record your measurements.
You will learn how-to manipulate the muslin to the contours of the body and the how, why and where of forming darts at the apex and at the waist. We will teach you how to create your 3D draped pattern and then how to mark the drape before transferring it to the table for trueing.
In addition to learning how to drape, you will learn all about the tools and how to use them so that the result is a perfect fitting torso sloper.
This sloper can later be used as the foundation for many of your pattern making projects such as blouses, dresses, jackets and coats or you can cut it out of fashion fabric to be worn as a tunic or add length to it and make it a dress!
|1||Prepare the Dress Form||1-3|
|3||Prepare Muslin Blocks||1-3|
|4||Measurements & Mark Guidelines||1-15|
|5||Draping the Front||1-17|
|6||Marking the Front||1-10|
|7||Trueing the Front||1-16|
|8||Draping the Back||1-18|
|9||Fitting Torso Sloper||1-10|
|10||Marking the Torso Sloper||1-16|
|11||Trueing the Torso Sloper||1-21|
MODULE 1 • PREPARE THE DRESS FORM
|1||The first step is to apply style tape to your dress form to establish guidelines. For bust level, tape from left apex to right apex and then to the side seam. Make sure that the style tape is parallel to the floor.|
|2||On center back, measure from neckline to waist and divide that measurement by 4 to get your shoulder blade level. Place style tape across the shoulder blade level from center back to the armhole, parallel to the floor.|
|3A||On center front, measure 7” (17.8cm) down from the middle of the waist tape to find the hipline.|
|3B||Style tape from center front to center back, making sure your tape is parallel to the floor. Measuring up from a table top using a ruler is best. Don’t use the waist to measure down from since the high hip and slope of the back waist will distort the level.|
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