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Adjusting a too-small pattern
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Date: 10/1/12 10:27 AM

I made a snafu when I bought this pattern.
I had my husband with me, and while I grabbed the fabric, I told him the pattern make and number and asked him to grab it for me.

I failed to tell him that there was a toddler size (up to size 5), and a child size (6-8). Not sure why, but I guess I thought he'd know not to grab the toddler one for our big almost 6-yr old son. BUT, he wouldn't know to look because he's never done it before !! OOPS on my part.

So - I made the top without a problem, a little wider, a little longer and it's perfect.

But the pants worry me. As does the fact that I have just enough fabric to do them !

So - the pattern goes to size 5. I need about a size 6X / 7.
2 sizes bigger.
And he's got long legs.

So - this is what I've done - PLEASE tell me if I'm anything close to correct before I dare cut this out.

I've increased the width about 1/2" (there seems to be roughly 1/4" between sizes) where there is multi-sized lines.
I increased the length by 1" on each of the two "lengthen here" lines.

Sorry for the blurry photo, it's with my phone.

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Subject: Before I go any further, can someone tell me if Im doing this properly ? Date: 10/1/12 11:15 AM

It sounds like you've done the right things to me.

- you measured the amount between the sizes and added the approximate amount to go up 2 sizes
-you added the amount of length you need in the correct spot

I can't think of anything else, but I'd wait for someone's opinion who has more experience than me!

Good job!

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Date: 10/1/12 12:00 PM

It sure sounds like you have taken charge of the situation. I am wondering if it would be possible for you to sew up a 'sample' pair using muslin so that you would not cut into your 'good' fabric in case it doesn't work. Just a suggestion! Good luck & happy sewing!

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Subject: Before I go any further, can someone tell me if Im doing this properly ? Date: 10/1/12 12:12 PM

My "good" fabric came from a $2.00 / meter bolt as it is ! :D

A muslin would likely cost more in this case, I think.

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Date: 10/1/12 12:17 PM

I think you have the general idea of how to grade to a larger size using the multi-size lines. But it doesn't look like you're doing this for each seam line. From the pic the inseam doesn't change much from size to size but you're added quit a bit there and maybe not enough on the outer seam. There seems to be many inches of variation between the leg lengths from size to size and you only added an inch.

The best way to determine if its going to fit right is to take a pair of pants in a similar fabric that fit and compare it to the pattern. If its a pattern for a woven use a woven pants to compare. If you're using a knit fabric, compare it to pants with a similar stretch. If your son could stand still you can also try to tissue fit it.

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Subject: Before I go any further, can someone tell me if Im doing this properly ? Date: 10/1/12 3:16 PM

I think you're probably safe with what you've added. Better to start from too big and go down. You could just measure his inseam and make sure you have enough length to begin with.

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Date: 10/1/12 4:49 PM



Not too bad at the end - a little long, but that's okay, he'll grow !

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Date: 10/1/12 10:39 PM

Good job!

If you had made them any smaller he probably would grow out of them in a couple of months. These kids....they just grow.

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Subject: Before I go any further, can someone tell me if Im doing this properly ? Date: 10/2/12 9:00 PM

There's a good amount left in the hem I can drop if he spouts up before he fully outgrows the outfit.

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