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Sewing 302 - Pattern Drafting: How to add ease to your basic slopers.

Updated: Apr 29

Welcome back dear readers. Today's topic is how to add ease to the basic slopers. The basic slopers for Skirt and Bodice were drafted without any ease, while that of the Sleeve and Trousers were drafted with minimum ease.

What is Ease?

As I have mentioned previously in Sewing 202, this is the amount added or removed from the body measurements to achieve the right fit of clothing. There are 2 types of ease;

A) Wearing Ease - Amount added to permit the model to wear the clothes, move and function in them.

B) Design Ease - Amount added or removed to achieve a particular style e.g. A Shift dress would have less ease than an over-coat.

How much ease to add or remove?

This depends on the style and function of the garment. For things worn directly on the body like underwear or swimwear, ease is generally removed. For things worn over underwear or other clothing, ease is generally added. It all varies. More ease would be added to a garment that would be worn over other items.

Of course ease if also added or removed to create a particular look or to work on a particular fabric.

We shall focus on adding minimum ease to the Bodice and Skirt slopers for now.

How to add ease to the Skirt Sloper

Ease shall be added at 2 levels;

A) Waist - Total ease = 1/2inch (1.2cm) ÷ 4 = 1/8inch (3mm)

B) Hip - Total ease = 2inch (5cm) ÷ 4 = 1/2inch (1.2cm)

The total ease is divided by 4 because there are four quarters and these will be added to the sides of the skirt and joined together by a new side line.

• Point A - Square a short guideline from the waist at the side seam and measure out 1/8 inch [3mm] (red line)

• Point B - At the hip line, measure out 1/2 inch [6mm] (red line)

• Connect points and draw a new side line (blue line). From the hip line simply square the line straight down to the hem. Also smooth out waist line if needed.

• Do this for both front and back pieces.

How to add ease to the Bodice Sloper

Front Bodice