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Date: 3/12/13 9:48 AM

I want to make view C of this handbag, but it's smaller than what I want. Due to the strange shaped pieces, I can't just added a little to the length or width. Would it work to enlarge all the pattern pieces on a photocopier?

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Date: 3/12/13 9:53 AM

It should work. You could take it to a place that would enlarge it for you so you don't have to piece it together.

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Date: 3/12/13 12:30 PM

I've done it before with success. You need to figure out what percentage you need.

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Date: 3/12/13 1:03 PM

Often when I want to enlarge something like that, I'll trace off the pieces and then add additional seam allowances. (So you pretend it's something like a Burda that doesn't already include them.) You get a reasonably larger version without having to calculate percentages.

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Date: 3/12/13 3:31 PM

Thanks Ladies. I used the copier at work & it doesn't have a lot of choice as far as the percentage. I copied my pieces & will give it try.
stirwatersblue, that's a good idea. I noticed my copies are almost exactly 5/8ths inch bigger than the original. I think this should be about the right amount.

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Date: 3/14/13 3:05 AM

I think that you can make a lot of the main shape bigger as you like. It is good to think if this is the good solution for eg soufflets and
Straps and so on There it can be a bit too wide
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Date: 3/14/13 3:05 AM

I think that you can make a lot of the main shape bigger as you like. It is good to think if this is the good solution for eg soufflets and
Straps and so on There it can be a bit too wide
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Date: 3/14/13 8:01 AM

Thanks. Yes I thought about the straps & will probably not increase them as much as the rest of the bag.

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