Designing pants in a knit? Get the right fit.

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Dreaming about designing the perfect cozy knit leggings for those cold winter nights by the fireplace? Now is the time to put your Basic Pant Sloper to work in conjunction with the newest video in our Knit Series, Knit Stretch Reductions – Pant Slopers.

Once you have created your Basic Pant Sloper, you can then convert your sloper into patterns for various types of knit fabrics. Our recently posted video shows you how to alter your basic pant sloper for use with moderate stretch, 2-way stretch, super stretch and ribbed knit fabrics.

Need a refresher on the difference between a rib knit and a super stretch knit fabric? View our Knit Fabric Principles video in order to make the best choice of fabric for your design.


Know someone who is new to pattern making, but is passionate about fashion design? We are offering 50% off the first month of a monthly subscription to the University of Fashion for the holidays!  Simply enter coupon code HOLIDAYS2014 when you purchase a monthly subscription for the designer on your list. Your gift will include unlimited access to our video library for only $9.95 the first month and $19.95 for each additional month of learning. What better gift than the gift of education?  A subscription to the University of Fashion is the gift that will continue to give long after the holidays end.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.