Slopers

Bodice-front & back (Video included)
Hip-length sloper front & back
Sleeve
Skirt-front & back (Video included)
1-pc Corset
1-pc Pants (Video included)
1-pc Skirt
Knitwear foundation (dress, pants)

Basic Bodice Sloper for Ken (Video included)
Basic Pants Sloper for Ken (Video included)

19 comments:

  1. Have you ever thought of putting out a "book"? I work in the fashion industry and? I have to say....would buy your book. Especially for tried and true pattern slopers.....Which I have now tried to make myself ( doll clothing is a little trickier than Human sized clothing and sewed "completely differently ) Consider a Book.

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  2. Yes. Putting a book together is my New Year's resolution for this year!!! And you're right. Doll clothing is MUCH trickier than those for humans due to their size, proportions and the fact their bodies don't move like human flesh! But it's been fun to figure ways around making clothes for dolls! Thank you for your visit.

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    1. Hope to see this book! :)

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  3. I was asked to make a retro outfit I made for a barbie to fit an action figure doll so I had to make a pattern from scratch. Previously I have used patterns and altered them to fit and changed design lines. This doll has silicon skin and the tape was difficult to stick on the doll. I used your technique and made Slopers which I will use to create the outfit. I also have been completely lining the outfits which has been very challenging. Thank you very much for your help.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your very touching comment. I literally pour my heart into this blog and it is always nice to know that I'm actually helping someone out there in cyberspace. Thank you for your visit. Come back anytime!!!

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  4. Hi! I've been trying to follow your video tutorial instructions on making slopers. Still trying. It gets difficult to use those tiny pins, I mean I have small fingers, but still hard to pin things using the tiny applique pins lol. I've pricked myself several times. On all pins actually. Love the videos you done, hope to see more soon.

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    1. Also it would be awesome if u sold copies of your slopers for all of the types of dolls, for the rest of us, since some may have difficulty making these slopers. Have u considered this? Thanks.

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    2. Thank you for all of your kind words. The system of creating slopers directly on the figure is a technique called "draping" or 3-D Design which is taught in 1st year fashion programs all over the world. Pattern drafting, which is also taught in 1st year studies, requires taking measurements then using math to calculate the dimensions of the sloper. For a 12" figurine, this is a very difficult procedure which also results in errors because you're splitting fractions. This is why I have chosen draping slopers for the doll. I use the tiny pins in my tutorials largely for esthetic reasons. Feel free to use regular size pins if you're more comfortable using them.

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  5. So glad somebody came up with this idea, because I get so frustrated with commercial doll patterns, I find the finished garment never fits properly! The patterns I've used I think we're done not by draping on doll, but rather drafting. I feel what you do gives them a much better fit & customize for each doll body type! 👍

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  6. No, I have not considered making and selling slopers for all the different dolls on the market because I'd have to spend a fortune buying every single version of every single doll. Even within the Barbie family there are many variations of bodies depending on when the doll was made, the series she came out of and the brand. In addition to Barbie, there is Cindy and Frankie not to mention Bratz, MH, JamieShow Demi Couture, Phicen and many others not counting their 16" cousins! But thank you for thinking of us all the same.

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    1. It's me again with another question lol. For making a slopers for stretch knits, using that fabric, can a sloper like this be made for a t-shirt or sweater aswell? Thanks.

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  7. Have you ever designed and made any fashions for people, since you went to fashion design school?

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    1. Yes I have (for private clientele) very early on. But most of my experience in the fashion industry has been more along the lines of illustration, promotion, writing and education.

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  8. Hi! I wanted to ask, how many inches from the selvage on the muslin, do I mark the horizontal and vertical lines? For both 16" Tonner dolls aswell as 11-1/2" Barbie dolls?
    Thanks. -DollsnFashion

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    1. Hi there. You may or may not be working with a piece of muslin that still has the selvage. But it's a good idea to leave about 1/2" margin to the side (left or right depending on whether it's the front or back sloper) of your vertical line. For the bodice: As far as the horizontal line goes...no matter the size of doll, lay her down on the muslin where you've already drawn the vertical line then plan for your horizontal line to fall directly at the tip of her bust. Cut your muslin roughly 2" above this line for the 11 1/2" to 12 1/2" and roughly 2 1/2" above that line for the 16" doll. You want to make sure there is enough fabric to fall on the shoulder, sides and waist line. For the pants or skirt slopers: Again, leave about 1/2" to the left or right of the vertical line. Lay the doll down on the muslin on this line and note where the widest part of her hips fall. For the Barbie/FR doll, cut the muslin roughly 1-1/2" about that line. For the 16", cut it roughly 2" above that line. Hope that helps.

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    2. I forgot to ask what sizes of muslin triangles do I cut? For both 12" & 16" dolls. Thanks - DnF

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    3. Lol just realized I said triangles, I meant rectangles. I was wondering what sizes of muslin rectangles I cut to drape for making slopers, for both sized dolls, 12" & 16"? I tried and I think the pieces were too big. Thanks in advance. -DnF

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    4. Sorry for the delay in responding. Just before I put up a new post, I get crazy busy. (I assumed you meant rectangle when I first read your question.) In general, for the basic slopers, you should allow for roughly 1/2" above, below and on each side of the doll. For the 12" doll, that equates to about 4x2" for both the bodice and skirt slopers, front and back. For the 16" doll, it's about 4-1/2x2-1/2". If your rectangles are too big, simply cut away the excess. The problem is only when you don't have enough fabric to cover the section of the doll.

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    5. No your fine! Thanks so much. I just realized that I'll probably need to make longer pieces for the skirt, pants and one piece foundation slopers!

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