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April 18 and 19, 2014: Basic Pants Sloper

Artisan Sewing Classes Presents:

Basic Pants Sloper 101



Basic sewing skills are needed for this course.

Do you have a difficult time finding pants that fit you correctly? Have you ever had a problem trying to achieve a decent fit from a store bought pattern?  Do your pants gap in the back or bind when sitting?  Are they too baggy?  Do you have difficulty fitting the hip area?

Help is here!!! There are a couple of ways to resolve these pesky situations – either by draping or by using your own measurements to make a sloper.

In this class, you will learn to draft a pants sloper from your own measurements that will ensure a great fit every time. Each day will start out with a lecture followed by hands on exercises designed to help you create a pants sloper that FITS YOU.

People often ask what the difference is between a sloper and a pattern.  The best explanation is that the sloper is a draft of a garment that fits with a minimum of wear ease and has no design ease at all – in other words, it should be like a second skin.  The sloper also has no seam allowances and any design changes, design ease, wear ease and seam allowances are added to the sloper in order to create the pattern.  Once the pants sloper is done, you can then make changes to create pleated trousers, slacks, jeans, pedal pushers, capris, culottes, shorts, Jamaica shorts or Bermuda shorts.

Day 1 – Creating a Pants Sloper

In this lecture portion of this class, you will learn about drafting tools, the best way to take your measurements and the formulas involved in producing your sloper. It is difficult to take measurements on yourself, so after the lecture, you will practice this skill on each other.  Not only is this a great way to get accurate measurements for yourself, you will also become aware of specific fit issues that can be addressed at this time.  Please wear a leotard or close fitting clothing for the class.

During the second half of day 1, using your own measurements, you will create a muslin to fit yourself using the drafting tools of the trade.  (Muslin also refers to the type of inexpensive fabric used to make the mock-up for your fitting session).  Supply your own tools (a list will be provided upon registration) or purchase them on site.

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Day 2– Perfecting Your Pants Sloper

The second day of this class will be spent perfecting your pants sloper so that you can then use it to make design changes.  In this part of the class,  we will address questions such as wear ease, length and proportion, dart placement and discuss how to make a pattern from the sloper.  Remember, the pattern must not only include the pants pattern pieces, but also any facing, lining, interfacing and miscellaneous pieces as well.  We will also examine store bought pants patterns and compare the fit  based on the lessons learned during the process of building your personal pants sloper.  (You will bring to class a pants muslin already made up for this purpose – I will provide you with several suggested patterns and instructions once your registration is complete).  Going through this process enables you to develop a discriminating eye for the fit of commercial patterns.


Date:  Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, 2014.

Time and Class fee:  Two full days – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM – $540.00

Registration Now Closed – I’ll have another one later in the summer so please look for that listing soon.

Your supply list for the class will be sent to you after you register.

Materials and kit fees bought on site, where applicable, are made payable on the first day of class.

Location: Studios of Catrina Fashions, LLC
5995 Lee Highway, Troutville, VA 24175

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For more information about the class and how to register, please contact:
Genevieve Journell at:
Catrina Fashions
P. O. Box 35
Troutville, VA 24175

Call: 540-992-2127

About Your Instructor:

Genevieve Journell

View Genevieve’s bio and philosophy on the About Page. If you would like to continue with design work or additional pattern work on a one-on-one basis, Genevieve is available for private sewing classes/coaching.

Class Fee Policy:

Class requires a payment via check or paypal at time of registration.  Paypal payment is in full at time of registration.  If paying by check, a deposit of $270.00 is required at time of registration with balance due on April 1.  Please call or email if you wish to pay by check and the registration form and class invoice will be emailed to you.  Materials and kit fees, where applicable, are made payable on the first day of class.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy:

A 5% transaction fee applies to all class cancellations and transfers.  No refunds for missed classes.  To receive a refund (less the 5% transaction fee) for a cancelled registration, notification must be given 14 days prior to the class start date.  If cancellation occurs within the 14 days prior to the class, the amount paid will be applied toward a future class.  In the event Catrina Fashions, LLC must cancel a class, the student may choose to have a full refund by check or applied to a future class. Catrina Fashions, LLC’s liability for refunds shall be limited to the amount of the portion of the registration fee paid by the student.



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