People keep asking me if the slopers from String Codes are any good. The answer is I don’t know, I’ve never used them but Susan has used them and thinks they’re a good value. I ordered a bodice and a pair of pants this morning so I’ll test it out and let you know. They are very inexpensive.
Obviously, these can only be the starting point in the basis of pattern design as the patterns are basic fitting shells. However, the measuring chart only requests a few measures as the basis of custom design; critically lacking is cup size designation. For example, if one designates a full bust that is 10 or 12 inches larger than the indicated waist size, it would be apparent to the average pattern maker that it is likely the client has a larger than average cup size which would need to be reflected in the darting of a bodice as well as in the difference of proportions between the back and front pieces.
Another concern I have is the shape of the armhole and sleeve based on the site depiction. I do not think the patterns are designed for PROM (see pg 168 of The Entrepreneur’s Guide). Likewise, I don’t know if the patterns are precise to the extent that one could exact a match stripe across the sleeve but we’ll see.
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