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Fitting Sloper vs Fashion Pattern

mlga730 | Posted in General Discussion on


I am starting to do more custom sewing — Yeah!

In your opinion if you have a continuing client, should you :

a) make a basic sloper muslin and work out the fitting problems and use it as a guide for the fashion patterns muslin —- or —

b) make the fashion pattern muslin and work out the fitting problems

How many fitting sessions do you have with a client in order to get “perfect” fit?

Also, who would you consider to have the best “alteration and fitting” advice in the sewing world today? Is it one person or a combination of people?

Any good books on alterations and fittings that you can recommend?




  1. starzoe | | #1

    The basic fitting muslin would be the one to begin with as a base to any fashion muslin; you may not even have to make a whole muslin for the fashion details.

  2. jjgg | | #2

    Join ASDP, they have the best people in the world that will give you any help you need just an email away.

  3. PASDENOM | | #3

    As a business investment you should consider pattern drafting software. I made a few basic garments that I've used as slopers to apply to commercial patterns with more complex designs. They are not perfect slopers and do need some adjustment, but it's a big time saver. If you learn to use the software well you can perfect the measurements for a regular client and draft custom garments.

    1. mlga730 | | #4

      Any suggestions on the best software for pattern making?

      1. junctioncats | | #5

        I use both My Pattern Designer and Patternmaker Pro. It solely depends upon whether you want to design from the ground up, or take a basic style and design the details. I like My Pattern Designer the best, but each has its fine points.

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    artfulenterprises | | #6

    I would suggest a basic fitting sloper be the first pattern for a continuing client. You may have 2 or 3 fittings to perfect it but once done, it can be used to adjust any fashion pattern to fit your client's body. Then, you may only need one fitting to perfect a new project for her. Saves a lot of time. But, of course, each new design should be made up in muslin first to prevent any unwelcome/costly surprises. As to who has the best fitting advice, there are so many approaches to solving a fit problem you just need to explore and find the book or guru who speaks to you... One of the better books, (in my opinion) is "The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns: The Perfect Fit" from Creative Publishing International, 2005 (http://www.creativepub.com) Very well photograped, cleanly organized, and simple to follow. Good luck with your new enterprise!

    1. mlga730 | | #7

      I have come to the conclusion that a sloper pattern is the simplest and most cost effective approach that I should use for making pattern alterations for a continuing client.

      Thanks everyone!



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