Sew Fitography Sloper Review: Part Two
Sewing up the sloper
The first pattern I downloaded with my provided credits was the sloper, as obviously it’s what I want most from the program (the patterns, while some are really good looking, generally aren’t my style). It’s also a good place to start to get an idea of the total fit of the outline that has been generated for me. So today I sewed up the sloper in some cotton sateen.
I printed out the asymmetrical version which means that all the pieces are full, rather than being cut on the fold. This was great for a first try on but I think that I may just go for the on-the-fold version next printout because it does take longer to put together and I’m not asymmetrical enough to warrant the extra time (it’s a great selling feature of the software if you are though).
The sloper went together pretty quickly. There are lots of darts which I appreciate. The double darts in the skirt are what I feel gives a really excellent fit. If you are plus sized, more darts are usually more flattering and fitting because it spreads fullness and curvy-ness over more seams, giving a less angular look.
The fit is probably the closest I’ve ever got to a well fitting sloper and trust me, I’ve tried a TONNE. Seriously. I’ve never got this close to perfect before. I’m so pleased.
First off, it’s a little bit tight all over. I had just eaten a massive plate of tabouleh and humous right before I tried this on, so that probably didn’t help. But I think I need to increase the ease all over. Luckily this is really easy in the software!
The only problematic fit of the sloper is the shoulders. I kinda knew this would be the area most difficult to fit. I have narrow shoulders and quite a hollow chest, and am often left with pools of fabric all around the shoulders. I can definitely pinch out a few inches here and this is where the sloper needs the most attention.
I’m so so so happy about the fit at the back. Though it’s a little tight, I can tell that it’s curving in to my lower back and back out again over my bum just perfectly, a fit I very rarely get right. But I’ll wait until I get the perfect fitting sloper before I show you that…
Next part will hopefully show you some further adjustments to get this fitting fantastically.