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with Judy Jackson
Online Class

Patternmaking for Knits: Essential Slopers

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Learn essential fashion design skills alongside acclaimed instructor Judy Jackson. Discover the secrets to successful drafting for knit fabrics with different amounts of stretch. Use professional techniques to drape and fit a torso sloper complete with any darts you need. Create a custom sleeve sloper and adapt it with gathered, puffed or raglan sleeves. Modify your basic torso pattern for a variety of garments and add sophistication with decorative seams and custom shaping. Draft basic necklines and variations complete with trim patterns: crewnecks, scoop necks and more! Make personalized patterns for cozy, trendy knit pants. Plus, tame high-stretch fabrics as you create a sloper for perfect-fitting leggings. Use your new skills and discover how to make a T-shirt pattern as well as patterns for tops, dresses, pants and leggings!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h33m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Knit Patternmaking

1. Introduction to Knit Patternmaking

Meet patternmaker, theater costumer and fashion design instructor Judy Jackson and learn about the techniques she'll cover in class. Judy begins with a thorough overview of knit fabrics, and what to take into consideration when working with different amounts of stretch. Next, explore ways to adapt patterns for woven fabrics into knit-friendly patterns.

2. The Knit Torso Sloper

2. The Knit Torso Sloper

Explore professional techniques for draping a knit torso sloper, fitting it properly and transforming your measurements into a flat pattern that will work beautifully with the fabric you've selected. Judy walks you through the entire process of translating a three-dimensional torso into a two-dimensional pattern, explaining how to take your fabric's stretch into account, add darts if needed, and much more!

3. The Knit Sleeve Sloper

3. The Knit Sleeve Sloper

Now that the torso sloper is done, you're ready to create a sleeve sloper. Judy offers a user-friendly approach to measuring the arm properly and drafting the sleeve, demonstrating with a model to illustrate tricky measurements and offer troubleshooting tips. Next, you'll see how your initial sloper can be adapted into different sleeve variations, including gathered, puffed, and raglan sleeves.