Hi readers! Last week I got an email about the Bootstrap customized basic stretch sloper pattern. You plug in an extensive amount of measurements on their site. There are even boxes to click about how much your stomach sticks out, what type of posture you have, and what way your shoulders slope. It’s really cool! And about 30 minutes later a personalized sloper is emailed to you. A great deal for seven dollars!
Since this is only a design sloper, I added my own design elements to this striped dress. I made a lace up center neckline with grommets, which I’ll be explaining after my pattern review, and also shortened the sleeves and skirt.
I tried to get my stripes to match up but they shifted while I was sewing, I guess. I had them pinned and everything! Sometimes that happens to me.
The basic fit of the dress sloper was pretty good as is. I have a feeling I may have measured my back shoulder width wrong as I had to remove about 1/2 inch of width on each side of the shoulders. The skirt was about an inch too wide in the hips, so while it wasn’t totally perfect, it was very close, and a lot better than other patterns which are often way off. There is also room for my tummy. The dress isn’t clinging tightly to my baby bulge that I have no matter how much weight I lose. I chose the box that showed a little bit of a tummy. Box B. But maybe I should have chose C . I think I’m in between. This is the box you click to put how big your stomach is….it’s important to be realistic, which can be hard!
Postscript: After spending a day trying to figure out this armhole problem, I think what needs to be done is to transfer the gaping of the armhole to a side dart. Thank you to Samina for reminding me about that technique! While I’ve tried it with woven, I never thought to do it with a knit !
Also after viewing these photos, I can see an issue with the sleeve fit and wrinkles around my armholes but i don’t really know why this is happening. Any ideas?
There is a back seam which allows the dress to be more fitted and shapely in back. If you wanted more room, you could always cut it on the fold instead, and add back a bit of ease back there.
One more thing about this pattern. Since it’s only a sloper, there are no sewing instructions and no pattern pieces for neckline bands or anything else. I just made my own. You get a front, back, and long sleeve only. I do have this tutorial for sewing and drafting your own neck band on knit tops. I used self fabric for this neckline, but the technique is the same.
Now onto applying grommets to the top part of my dress. First, I made an interfaced placket. I topstitched it down at the edges.The grommets weren’t easy to do, so I have a few tips if you would like to try doing these. I don’t recommend the blue Dritz pliers as they tend to split the backs of the metal grommets which will face the body, making them dangerous to wear!No way I could have that against my skin, so I went out and bought another kit to apply these damned grommets. Projects always end up taking longer than I would think because of little things like this.The basic kit above needs to be used with a rubber mallet and a wood block but the results are much better.Pounding on these grommets is kind of therapeutic, too!This method gives a nice smooth back that will lie against your skin.Happy sewing!