New Knit Series Video: Convert Torso Sloper to Stable Knit Sloper

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Ever discover a gorgeous knit fabric, then rush home to cut the knit garment of your dreams from a pattern intended for a woven garment?  Let’s face it, sometimes the excitement of our intended finished product trumps the proper steps necessary to make our vision becomes a wearable, well-fitted reality.


This week, we are posting our third video in our Working with Knit Fabric series – Convert Torso Sloper to Stable Knit Sloper.  In it, we will show you how to modify the Fitted Torso Sloper that you draped in a woven fabric.  You will learn how to obtain the same immaculate fit when using a one-way stretch fabric for your garment, thereby avoiding the disappointment (and waste of fabric) that comes with using a patterns intended for woven fabrics for knit garments.  The technicality of our newest video is a good reminder of the varied skill set an emerging designer needs in order to create a professionally made garment.  The content of this video is also a testament to our commitment to the Slow Fashion movement and our desire to provide our designers with the knowledge needed to preserve the art and craft of fashion design.


Last week, in response to our post on Slow Fashion and the Maker Movement, one of our members commented, “quality takes time.”  We couldn’t agree more. Our newest lesson is the third in our 7-part knit series that began with Introduction to Knit Fabrics and Knit Fabric Principles. In this lesson you will learn how to take your Fitted Torso Sloper, with a front and back shoulder dart, and convert it to a Stable Knit Torso Sloper. A Stable Knit sloper is the basic knit block for knit fabrics with minimal stretch. We will teach you how to eliminate the front and back darts and then how to make other modifications so that you will be able to use this sloper as the foundation for all of your stable knit designs. This sloper becomes the basic block for our next lesson on how to grade the Staple Knit Torso Sloper to all of the other stretch knit categories: Moderate Knit Stretch, Two Way Stretch, Super Stretch and Ribbed Knit Stretch.

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By providing you with this solid foundation in knit fabrics, we intend to help you avoid common pitfalls.  Look forward to our upcoming videos which will teach you how to reduce your sleeve, skirt and pant slopers for the various knit categories. Until then, remember that designing a quality garment does take time, as you patiently learn how to properly pattern for knit fabrics. Your dedication will show in the exquisite fit of your final garment.

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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.