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with Suzy Furrer
Online Class

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper

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Take the first step toward being your own designer. Learn to draft stylish skirt patterns with Suzy Furrer, founder of Apparel Arts Fashion Design School. Start with how to make a skirt sloper that's perfectly fitted to your measurements. Then, with Suzy as your guide, use your sloper to draft A-line, bias and circle flared skirts. Draft pleated skirts with inverted box, accordion or knife pleats. Create skirts with silhouettes such as a lowered waist with a contoured waistband, an Empire waistline complete with a facing, or a pencil skirt. Add personality to your pattern with a flounce or peplum, or even draft a wrap skirt. Finish your pattern with details such as pockets, waistbands, facings and linings, and you're ready to sew a custom skirt you designed yourself!


  • advanced
  • 10 episodes
  • 4h45m

Included in this Class

1. Meet Suzy Furrer

1. Meet Suzy Furrer

Get to know your instructor and learn more about flat patternmaking. The basic techniques you'll learn are standard in the garment industry and useful in all kinds of patternmaking, including dress and coat design.

2. Measuring & Setting Up the Sloper

2. Measuring & Setting Up the Sloper

Suzy shares tips on getting accurate measurements on a person or dress form as she measures for waist, hips and length, then shares her calculations to turn those numbers into a basic skirt block.

3. Drafting a One-Dart Sloper

3. Drafting a One-Dart Sloper

Use your skirt block to create a one-dart skirt sloper, or master pattern. You'll draft the darts, add waist shaping and curve the seams for a better fit. You'll also see how to add notches and other construction guidelines.