Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn

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How to Make a Lower Torso (aka Skirt) Sloper

Skirt Slopers
Instructions show how the skirts below can be made from Fitted Slopers
Pencil Skirt   Gathered Dirndl Skirt   Handkerchief Hem Skirt
Pencil Skirt   Gathered Dirndl Skirt   Handkerchief Hem
Bubble Skirt  
Pleated Skirt
  Leather Skirt
Bubble Skirt   Pleated Skirt   Leather Skirt

The three sessions of this class include the following.

  1. Measurements, and Drafting the Initial Pattern
  2. Fitting and Creating the Final Pattern
  3. An Introduction to Using the Lower Torso Sloper for Skirts

The best way to start any patternmaking process is to understand the concept of why the patterns need to be shaped the way they do.

An Introduction

A Demonstration

These three weeks include videos showing how to create a Lower Torso Sloper for women or men. The videos show both how to fit someone else and how to fit yourself without a sewing buddy.

If you have someone to help you, the process is easier. This fitting buddy does not need to know how to sew. Cody, my male demonstration model who will show you how to measure and fit Christina, had never measured or fit anyone before. He was simply willing to try and listened carefully to the instructions I gave. You will hear these same instructions on the video.

However, if you do not have a willing fitting buddy who will take whatever time is necessary to fit you correctly, you are better doing it yourself. You will see the abbreviations DIY (Do-It-Yourself) for these videos.

How to Make Sewing Patterns cover  

We will be using my book How to Make Sewing Patterns as a course text. Specific references will be made to various pages in both the first (1977) and second (2016) editions of this book. For more information about this book, visit my website How to Make Sewing Patterns. You should also be able to check out this book from your local library or order it through

In addition to the basic Patternmaking Tools and Supplies you will need, I recommend about 2 yards of gingham. The best gingham to use is a pastel color so you can see marks and corrections. The 1/4" squares also make it easy to see how much adjustment you may need to make during the final fittings. I also recommend a 7" or 9" zipper. I have included a video demonstrating how to sew this zipper.

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