May 17, 2013: Basic Skirt Sloper 101

Artisan Sewing Classes Presents:

Basic Skirt Sloper 101

OPTIONAL additional half day May 18, 2013
Basic sewing skills are needed for this course.

Have you ever had a skirt that never quite fit you correctly?
Have you ever had a problem trying to achieve a decent fit from a store bought pattern?

There are 2 ways to solve these pesky situations – to make a sloper either by draping or by using your own measurements.

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

Design changes, design ease, wear ease and seam allowances are added to the sloper in order to create the pattern.

Part 1 – Creating a Skirt Sloper

In this class, you will learn the best way to take your measurements and the formulas involved in producing your sloper. It is difficult to take measurements on yourself, so 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.

In the hands on portion of the class, using your own measurements, you will create a muslin to fit you using the drafting tools of the trade.

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Part 2– Designing a Skirt from a Sloper

Once you have perfected the sloper, the creativity can begin!

The second half of this class will be spent discussing how to make design changes to the sloper in order to create a skirt.  We will address questions such as deciding how much ease to put in the pattern and how to change a straight skirt to an A-line skirt or a gored skirt.  What length and proportion looks best on you? Waistband or no waistband?  What about pockets?

In this class, you will try your hand at simple design changes and make a skirt mock-up (also called a muslin or a toile) based on those changes. Interestingly enough, muslin also refers to the type of inexpensive fabric used to make the mock-up. From your mockup, we will discuss how you can then make a pattern.  Remember, the pattern must not only include the skirt pieces, but also any facing, lining, interfacing and miscellaneous pieces as well.


You can then apply this process of learning simple design changes as a stepping stone to create more designs!

Part 3 – Perfecting and Practicing  – optional additional half day

During this extra session, you will learn more about how you can change the sloper to create different designs.  You will then take those skills and put them
into use by creating a mock-up of your new design.

Date:  May 17, 2013 (with optional additional half day May 18, 2013)

Time and Class fee: 

May 17, 2013 – $345.00
May 17, 2013 with half day May 18, 2013 – $500.00

Registration:  Please call or email  – the registration form and class invoice will be emailed to you.

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 at time of registration.  Please call or email and the registration form and class invoice will be emailed to you.  Materials and kit fees, where applicable, are made payable on the 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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