There is some futzing about that happens before you begin throwing fabric at the body you're making a sloper for. The form gets a little preparation. (People do, too, but it's not quite the same; since I'm not draping on a human, I'm not going to get into it since I have no hands-on experience with it.) I know I already described and posted photos of this, but here it is again, in context.
The form gets a line of tape parallel to the floor at the bust and the hip; at the bust, the drape goes over the stretched tape - called a bust bridge - to make sure the garment fits properly. This bridge might not be used for things that fit tight (e.g. a bustier or a strapless ballgown), but for a fitting block we definitely want it. It also gets pins to make it easy to locate key points by feel - the tips of the shoulders, at the level of the screwhole along the armscye, the armhole depth, just below the center neck, the bust points, and if you like the center front along the hipline. At this point I also took a series of detailed measurements; I was pleased to find that Marie's manufacturer specs were right dead on the money.
|Marie looks lovely in black.|
|Detail showing pins at neck, bust point, and armhole.|