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Knits: Drafting a Torso Foundation with Sleeve




8 weeks

Session Dates

Oct 23 - Dec 11

Days/Times Offered (All PST)

M 10-11:30 am



The student will learn how to draft a basic knit torso foundation with sleeve from measurements. We will then draft knit torso slopers in all stretch categories; minimal, moderate, very stretchy, super stretchy, and four-way stretch. These slopers form the foundation for tops, dresses, jackets and sweaters. Students will make test garments for basic sloper and sleeve. These will be fitted and any changes will be transferred to the patterns.


  • Tape measure

  • Ruler and square, or gridded transparent ruler at least 18” long (here’s an example - see the 2” X 18” size)

  • Drafting curve (here’s Lynda’s favorite)

  • Paper for drafting (available in art or office supply stores, just make sure it’s at least 36” wide and copy paper weight)

  • Scotch tape

  • Pencils and erasers (colored pencils as well)

  • Pins

  • 3 yards medium weight ponte, or other stable knit

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