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Ever just looking for a basic pattern that you can modify and work from to create your own sewing pattern design? Look no further than these new bodice and skirt sloper patterns. You can adjust the Basic Bodice and Sleeve Sloper to make many blouse, top, and shirt designs. Or we also have a basic Skirt Sloper in which you can draft virtually into any skirt design that is on your mind! We suggest getting both so that you can make your own dress styles. New to pattern making? No problem, check out this post for great references in drafting your own patterns form basic slopers.

What are Slopers, and Drafting?

-A sloper Is a basic pattern with no seam allowance or style lines. Can also be referred to as a block, foundation, or template.
-Drafting is a mechanical method, that uses precision to establish pattern lines directly on pattern paper based off body measurements & ease allowance
-Pattern development and drafting, requires reasoning, creativity, and manipulative skill
-A fraction of an inch makes a difference !!!!!

Get the basic slopers avaliable in sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44:
Bodice and Sleeve Sloper
Skirt Sloper

If you want to learn more about perfecting the fit of your sloper to your body measurements then be sure to check out our Pattern Grading Web Seminar where you will learn how to compare measurements on your body with those of the pattern and make the necessary alterations BEFORE sewing the first sample.


For very visual tutorials on pattern modifications check out the BurdaStyle Video streaming site, specifically these sections:
Working with Patterns
Pattern Making

These Web Seminars are also very extensive and provide excellent instruction when working with flat pattern making:
How to Modify Pattern Styles
Pattern Drafting: Bodice and Skirt
How to Transfer Style Lines from your Fashion Sketch to your Pattern
Transformational Reconstruction

For tips on designing patterns you can also check out this informative Fashion Principles: How to Design an Aesthetically Pleasing Garment.

Happy Sewing!


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    May 23, 2015, 09.29 AMby smartline84

    Nice patterns…Thanks

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    Apr 2, 2014, 05.16 PMby ikusevic

    I am also unable to open the four web seminars with the same “unavailable” message

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      Apr 3, 2014, 01.19 PMby burdastyle

      Hi ikusevic,

      So sorry about this, the links have now been fixed!

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    Apr 1, 2014, 07.04 PMby Jacelle Gorman

    Yes thank you for resolving so quickly!

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    Apr 1, 2014, 04.42 PMby angiewewel

    The links given for the four web seminars listed at the bottom of this post each take me to a page that says the seminars are “unavailable.”

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      Apr 3, 2014, 01.19 PMby burdastyle

      Hi angiewewel,

      So sorry about this, the links have now been fixed!

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    Mar 29, 2014, 11.04 PMby Jacelle Gorman

    I bought these 2 patterns. The link to download and print bodice is there, but not for the skirt.

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      Mar 31, 2014, 03.03 PMby burdastyle

      Sorry about this issue Jacelle, it has now been resolved. If you continue to not see the pattern and instructions PDF in your library please email answers@burdastyle.com and we will get you the PDFs. Thanks!

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      Apr 1, 2014, 07.07 PMby Jacelle Gorman

      Thanks for resolving so quickly!

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