Until now, I never...
Made Myself a Sloper


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:

1965 pattern

And here is the sizing chart on the back:

1965 pattern - size chart