One-Piece Bodysuit - Swimsuit Sloper

One-Piece Bodysuit – Swimsuit Sloper

One-Piece Bodysuit – Swimsuit Sloper

Learn how to drape a one-piece bodysuit/swimwear sloper in a 4-way cotton/Lycra knit jersey. We will teach you how to true the pattern and then how to transfer it to paper and then to oaktag. This sloper is your foundation for creating many bodysuit and swimsuit designs and is the basis for our lesson on how to draft a panty.

If you don’t own a swim form, we have provided free graded swimsuit-bodysuit slopers (U.S. sizes 2-16) for you to download, print out and cut out your particular size. Use our Color Map download to help guide you with the cutting process. The UofF Global Size Chart will assist you in locating your size and size equivalent for the UK, Europe and Asia.

Module Description Step
1 Preparing the Fabric Panels 1-4
2 Preparing the Dress Form 1-4
3 Draping the Front Panel 1-24
4 Marking the Front Panel 1-13
5 Draping the Back Panel 1-17
6 Marking the Back Panel 1-10
7 Trueing the Front Panel 1-12
8 Trueing the Back Panel 1-7
9 Transferring Drape to Pattern Paper 1-9
10 Final Trueing & Cutting Out the Front Pattern 1-14
11 Back Seam Allowances & Cutting Out the Back Pattern 1-8
12 Transferring the Paper Pattern to Oaktag 1-3
13 Adding Notches to the Front and Back Slopers 1-3
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MODULE 1 • Preparing the Fabric Panels

Step Description
1 With the length direction of the fabric facing you, prepare two fabric blocks out of your 4-way stretch cotton/Lycra jersey fabric, measuring 24” (61cm) wide by 35” (89cm) long.
2 Next, use tailor’s chalk to mark guidelines on each panel. Begin by drawing a center line down the length grain of each block. This represents the center front and center back of each block.
3 Then draw a line across the width of each block, 11” (28cm) down from the top. This represents the bust level.


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