This is step 5 in a series of lessons dedicated to help you design and make your own fitted waist skirt. If you’ve missed any steps, you should go back to this page.
So, when we made the elastic waist skirt, I walked you through drafting the pattern. I also mentioned that you shouldn’t throw that pattern away because we were going to use it in this project. Today, I’m going to follow through on that promise. If you did not make the elastic waist skirt from that tutorial, or if something happened to that pattern, I’ll help you along as we go.
Today we’re going to make a skirt sloper.
This is very, very important:
I cannot stress this enough. The only reason to throw away a sloper is because you made a new one. The next lesson will be about how to turn your sloper into different patterns and I will say over and over again trace your sloper. Don’t cut or alter it. Seriously. Don’t.
All right, if you haven’t gotten that message by now, you won’t, so let’s get to it.
When I left you on the elastic skirt, your pattern looked like this
There was a front and back section and length lines galore. For the purposes of “I don’t hate you”, I’m going to be showing you how to change your elastic skirt pattern into a sloper without the length lines. I recommend you turning the patterns over to minimize confusion.
One more thing, remember that math teacher whom you told you’d never use geometry or algebra? Better call him/her and apologize.
First, you’re going to take the difference between your front hips and your front waist. Don’t forget to add ease. Remember that your Fabric Predictor has that added in for you on the reference sheet.
Write those down and pull out one of your patterns from the last time. I’m showing the back pattern, but whatever you choose is fine. Just make sure that you know whether it’s the front or back pattern. Cut off the seam allowances at the side, but keep the extra inch you added at the top for the elastic waistband.
If you didn’t make an elastic skirt or you lost your pattern, you’ll need to make two rectangles, one for the front and one for the back. Make the width of each pattern your corresponding partial hip measurement plus ease. Make the length your waist to floor measurement. Add an inch at the top. Now we’re on task.
You will repeat the following steps for the front and back of the skirt sloper.
Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other within the skirt pattern (not including the bonus inch). Use a pencil. Really.
Where the points of the new “X” meet is the other third of the pattern.
Use your hip curve to draw between these two measurements. If you don’t have a hip curve, draw a gently curving line.
At the 2/3 mark (the one closest to the curved side), measure and mark two of your previously calculated xfront or xback (whichever is appropriate) on each side.
And that’s really all there is to it! You’ll need to do this on the other side of the pattern too, but they’re all the same steps. When I finish making a sloper, I trace all my important lines in sharpie and erase all the pencil marks before I cut it out.
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