I have a sloper! Took us several days to draft because we could only do it after the kids were in bed. Got some inexpensive fabric at Spotlight and made a mockup. It took just one fitting and some quarter-inch adjustments to the back darts, the hip seam and my freakish left shoulder and the main block was perfect. The sleeve block took three drafts to perfect. We like taking the extra time to get the whole shoulder/bust dart/armscye/set-in sleeve area fitting properly.
Must share that all three of us (Mum, Auntie Laura and me) were completely thrown off by my weird large post-natal waist measurement. It made the straightest side seam we had ever seen, since it was almost as large as my hip (with the darts drawn in), which in turn made for a very shapeless sloper. We stared in dismay and horror at The Thing we had drawn and took turns to hurl insults at its bizarreness. After rechecking the measurements, we eventually just went with whatever shape the measurements yielded, in spite of how otherwordly it looked on paper. And it turned out to actually fit me perfectly. Which says very little for the aesthetic effects of pregnancy on a person, but a lot for the combined skills of Mum and Auntie Laura.
I can't wait to actually post some photos when we get home to the US! Which is tomorrow! This has to be the best vacation souvenir ever.
So what's the first thing to make with my new sloper? A little black dress with a mandarin collar and frog buttons, a tunic, a couple more skirts and a bias-cut linen shirt are what I'm seeing in my head. Nothing with a gather or a pleat or elastic - just clean, tailored lines and lots of invisible zippers. Hurrah.