Pattern String Codes

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.

If you’ve used this service, tell us about your experience. Thanks.

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  1. Becky says:

    I was excited to see that Hot Patterns has sizes for D/DD cups but they fall into that same sizing trap. Their smallest “Curvy Girl (aka their D/DD cup)” patterns has a bust measurement of 45″. I’m a DDD/F and my full bust measurment is only 40.”

  2. Donna says:

    My cup runith over also with a size 32D, and I have a hollow chest that disguises the true size. It shows up in the fit of a garment though. After many years of not finding a good fitting bra I found Fantasy of England on I buy one a year of style 4500. This website has some of the largest bras I have ever seen so I recommend it to everyone. After all good fit starts with a good fitting bra.

  3. I found this company when I was first trying to teach myself a little about pattern making. I have 40 years of experience in sewing and tailoring but have never made a pattern from scratch. I purchased several basic slopers and started experimenting. They saved me a lot of time because I did not have to create these basic pieces. As Kathleen indicates, I did have to adapt them in many areas for our sizing measurements. I also kept having problems with the slope of the shoulder. This was good for my learning experience but now am looking for a real pattern maker who will also make samples.

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