I’ve decided to make a garment – a skirt and a top – out of a 1965 pattern I got from the Goodwill for 25 cents. We’re having a 60s theme party for my friends 50th birthday, and I think it would be fun to wear it for the party, if I can get it done in time. The pattern says it’s for a size 14 dress, and so I thought I could definitely work with that. But did you know that a size 14 from 1965 means that you have a 34″ bust and a 26″ waist? Holy cow, I haven’t been that size since I was 16! Was it possible to modify my pattern and make the dress in my size? Size 18!!!!
I turned to the internet to find out, and while it would be easy to make the skirt 4 inches wider, adjusting the top would be a bit more complicated. But after reading a bunch of articles on the subject, I decided the best approach would be to make a sloper. Never heard of a “sloper”? Neither had I. But here’s what I found out. According to a girl on YouTube: “A sloper (also sometimes called a “block”) is a simple, fitted pattern which can easily be manipulated to create more detailed patterns.” So I watched the video, followed her instructions, and made myself a bodice sloper. The sloper I made was about 3″ x 3″, which I would, obviously, need to enlarge. So I scanned it, enlarged it in photoshop, printed it out on my printer in two pieces, and taped it together. I adjusted the darts to be the same as in the pattern, so now when I lay the pattern over my sloper, I can cut the pattern, and make it slightly longer and wider, but in a way that is proportional. We’ll see what happens. Here’s the garment I’m going to make:
And here is the sizing chart on the back: