DVD Class

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0078Q


Take your fashion design education to the next level in this follow-up to Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper. With Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, you’ll create a moulage, or a precise fabric blueprint of the upper body. Learn to draft both your front and back moulage based on accurate measurements, cut your muslin and assemble it. Then you’ll go step-by-step through refining the fit. With your moulage patterns perfectly customized, you’ll put them to use as you find out how to make a bodice sloper, complete with wearing ease. Suzy will even discuss design options that can be created from your bodice sloper, and how to transform your woven sloper into a knit sloper.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Meet Suzy Furrer (04:17)
Suzy Furrer shares her patternmaking background and explains the moulage and sloper you’ll be making.

Measuring for Moulage (24:18)
Whether you’re designing for yourself, a friend or a client, Suzy shows how to get key measurements without making your model uncomfortable. Measuring a dress form poses its own challenges that you’ll learn how to address.

Calculating & Setting Up the Moulage (24:51)
Using your own measurements or the example Suzy provides, you’ll fill out the provided worksheet to plan your moulage. Then draft along with Suzy to create the “bones” of your moulage on pattern paper.

Drafting the Front Moulage (44:38)
Drafting the moulage may seem complicated, but Suzy shows you how to go from A to B to C and beyond to get precise measurements, darts and shaping laid down on paper.

Drafting the Back Moulage (40:48)
You’ll continue drafting the back of the moulage and truing it up so it will line up with the front. Suzy demonstrates the importance of making a shoulder adjustment for the best fit.

Tracing, Cutting & Sewing (29:19)
With your moulage laid out, you can now trace it on pattern paper and prepare your muslin. Suzy gives some tracing and cutting tips, adds seam allowance and provides the order of construction for stay-stitching, sewing seams and sewing darts.

Fitting & Troubleshooting (28:47)
Now that your muslin is sewn up, you can check it on your model or dress form. Suzy points out all the key areas to check and how to adjust them. You’ll then transfer those adjustment to your moulage, redrawing and cutting to achieve the exact duplicate of the body you’re designing for.

Drafting the Bodice Sloper (25:50)
It’s time to draft your sloper! To the precise measurements you’ve established in your moulage, you’ll add some ease throughout the garment. The sloper you create can be the foundation of countless designs, from blouses to dresses to coats.

Truing the Sloper (26:36)
Polish your sloper by truing up your lines and darts both front and back, then place the pieces together to ensure a smooth transition between them.

Transferring the Sloper to Tag (19:36)
Trace your sloper on heavier stock such as oak tag for durability, and transfer all your darts and critical measurements.

Bodice Sloper Design Options (37:19)
Now you’re ready to start designing! Suzy points out the many points in the sloper front and back that can be modified according to your designing desires. But what if you want to work with knits? No problem! With a few simple changes, your sloper can be modified to use with stretchy fabrics, too.

Your Instructor

Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer has over 35 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She began her career as a freelance patternmaker and directed the development of capsule collections for small fashion companies. Suzy is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts (established 1996) and Apparel Arts Productions (www.ApparelArtsProductions.com), an online fashion design school established in 2020. Suzy developed a comprehensive curriculum to give students in-depth training to be strong candidates to enter the workforce in apparel or costume design or to simply build strong sewing and drafting skills for one’s own personal use. Apparel Arts has graduated hundreds of students who currently work in the apparel or costuming industries. In addition, she has been an instructor for GAP Inc.’s Product Development Immersion Program. Suzy teaches and speaks at sewing and craft conferences, sewing guilds, and art schools and has taught classes for the employees of entertainment giants Pixar and Lucas Films. She is the author of Building Patterns, The Architecture of Women’s Clothing. Last, but not least, Suzy has taught online pattern drafting classes for Craftsy.com since 2011.

Bonus Materials

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper - Class Materials - Updated 18 July 2019

Sewing & Quilting Metric Conversion Guide


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