Starting off the New Year with a Skirt Sloper


I love learning new things and through the Crafty Classes, I can always find excellent courses and projects. So I dedicated some time to work through Suzy Furrer’s Pattern Making Basics –The Skirt Sloper.

IMG_9837 She is such a wonderful teacher. I watched the entire course over a month ago, then for the New Year – 2015, on my to do-list, or the Sewer’s Bucket List, I dove right in and finished this low-waisted skirt. I plan to make all of the different styles that she demonstrates, so you’ll see plenty of skirts on my blog in the near future.


First, I made a tissue sloper, with all of my measurements and the calculations that create the skirt. Next I made a test muslin from that pattern. I tried it on and adjusted the side seams.


Then I traced my tissue pattern onto poster-board for my final master sloper. The sloper will be used to create endless styles of skirts that fit me. It’s so exciting!


I’m really not a big fan of the low waisted skirt, but because I had a young student who  wanted to learn how to make one, I made it as my first practice skirt. Here’s what I don’t like about the low waisted skirt, it sits too low, my stockings and slip come up to my waist and the skirt doesn’t. I don’t want to wear a top tucked into it or a crop top, goodness no! So the cute contoured waistband is lost from view. I will wear it though. I love the fabric, the pockets, and how easy it was to make.

IMG_9817Photographer was supposed to be watching for wrinkles in the skirt! Whoops!


IMG_9805 - Version 2


Notice that fold just below the waistband? When I hike it up a bit, it lies flat. I’ll address this in the next skirt.IMG_9805

IMG_9833 Fabric: Cotton with slight stretch
Notions: red thread for topstitching, red piping, zipper and button
First worn: January 4 to meet up with family in Santa Rosa, CA for sushi and NY pizza!
Wear again: definately!

We drove north toward home under the full moon, and ate our delicious slices of pizza in front of the cozy fireplace.

Happy Sewing!





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7 Responses to Starting off the New Year with a Skirt Sloper

  1. H says:

    Looks great!


  2. Sherry says:

    I love your skirt and the fabric! I’m a fan of lower-waisted skirts myself because of my hip/waist ratio. I have narrow hips compared to my waist, so if I get a skirt to fit at my normal waistline it is way too large on my hips! Skirts are not as much of a problem for me as pants though, because I can wear my skirts a little loose in the hips but pants that are loose in the hip area look too much like “mom pants.” 🙂

    I love your posts! I’m a grandma too and seeing a fashion-wise lady such as yourself is an inspiration to me. I’m also enjoying watching as your hair grows from a short cut to where it is now. (It looks great, by the way!) I’m growing mine out too. It’s quite a change for me since I’ve had mostly pixie cuts for years and years. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!!

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    • zibergirl says:

      Thank you so much! I’m really honored that you left such a nice commentary. I’m very excited at the moment about pattern drafting. I’ve always cut from patterns and then altered the fit in a muslin. Which is a lot more work, and then if you want to make it again, you have to do all the trial, and error all over again. The sloper will let me design with confidence. You should try her class. 🙂


  3. Ebi Poweigha says:

    You look awesome in red! The piping is a great touch. Maybe you can convert your sloper to fit at your natural waist?

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  4. zibergirl says:

    Hi Ebi, Thank you, I love red! The actual sloper does go to the waist, so that’s my next experiment.


  5. springystitches says:

    Lovely skirt and fabric choice! The piping is gorgeous and adds the perfect finishing touch!


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