Today, after more than a week in the fog, the sun came out. It was a perfect fall day to take some photos of my self drafted Peony dress. In September, I took a pattern drafting class where we drafted a bodice sloper to our own measurements. I loved the class, and ordered what I’ve been told is the pattern drafting bible. I found it for under $20 here!
I’ve had Colette’s Peony dress in the plans for a long time, but I kept reading about sewists having difficulty fitting this particular pattern. Which shocked me as all of Sarai’s patterns have fit me perfectly without any adjustments. I decided I would try out my new custom sloper. I altered it, copying the Peony neckline and altering my single dart to be both a bust and waist dart. I drafted some facings and used the Peony skirt pattern pieces.
Now, since my sloper does not include seam allowances, I finally get to show you my idea for adding seam allowances while cutting your fabric. It was probably almost a year ago that I went to Lee Valley and bought these magnets, for this exact purpose. Each magnet is 1/8 of an inch in thickness, so I just stacked five of them on my scissors and started cutting the fabric. Lining up the magnet edge with the pattern pieces.