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Date: 1/3/13 0:26 AM

In the past I've made clothes only for myself but now my fully grown daughter has asked me to make her something. The pattern is something I'd like to use for myself too, but she's very trim and I'm not so much, so this means using different sizes for each of us. How do I avoid having to buy the pattern twice?

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Date: 1/3/13 0:52 AM

There are lots of pattern companies that have a large range of sizes. The ones that I know of are Jalie and Silhouette patterns. Hopefully other PRers will jump in with more pattern companies.

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Date: 1/3/13 1:32 AM

The unfortunate thing is you will have to buy two separate patterns, unless you and she fall in the same group together. Than all you have to do is trace them off for each of your sizes. Patterns and their respective sizes all have nuances; try looking at the armholes of each size and you will know what I mean.

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Date: 1/3/13 9:25 AM

Burda patterns also come with all the sizes on one pattern. JoAnn's usually stocks them.

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Date: 1/3/13 6:32 PM

New Look also have all sizes in one envelope. And some really nice styles for older teenage girls.
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Date: 1/4/13 3:22 AM

I'm trying to figure out if you mean how do you re-use a multi size pattern or if you are asking if the pattern comes with multi sizing.
If you are good at pattern alterations you can get the smaller one and draft a larger one for yourself- at least I find that easier than drafting smaller.
I also got multi-size kids ones that I use as they grow or for various grandkids. It can nake me looney dealing with all those lines- plus having to deal with alterations for the more adult sizes.

Sometimes I use my home copier and just copy the sections of cutting lines and tape them together.
Sometimes I make clips from the outside cutting line to the cutting line of the size I need. Then during cutting, I can lift each section and cut the line needed.
Sometimes I trace along the cutting line needed onto a muslin or paper beneath it- basically making my own second pattern size.
All these require no small amount of effort so there are times when I just bite the bullet and get 2 patterns.

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Date: 1/4/13 4:35 AM

Thanks everyone. Since my post I have discovered that I bought the pattern in my size but not my daughter's! I think I might be able to look at the way it's graded and just grade it down by a size (luckily it's a simple pattern) and them trace it. If that doesn't work I'll just buy one in her size.

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