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Lisa30
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Date: 7/3/13 8:11 AM

Well for the second time in 6 months I've bought the wrong size pattern. Doh! Very annoying, but as it's a knit I wondered whether I might just be able to make it a size bigger. It's New Look 6150. I worked out from my measurements that I should be the next size up from the size range the pattern covers. Is my thinking too simplistic?

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Date: 7/3/13 9:21 AM

New Look patterns are limited in size. There are a few New Looks that go up to a size 22 but most only go up to a 16. This only goes up to a 16 so you could not have purchased a bigger size. I need an 18 in most patterns; however, I am having pretty good success with most New Look patterns. I can use the 16 in a knit with very few adjustments. I haven't made this pattern yet so I don't know if it runs a bit big. If you only need an 18, you might try this in a cheap knit to see how it might work for you as it is and then make adjustments where you need it. HTH

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Date: 7/3/13 9:27 AM

Here's a Threads article on grading to the size you need:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4368/making-sense-of-pattern-grading/page/all

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Date: 7/3/13 9:56 AM

I would try Marie's suggestion before slicing and dicing the pattern.

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Date: 7/3/13 10:14 AM

I would do a lot of measuring the flat pattern before even doing a mock up. You may find that it is big enough as is, especially as you (I see from your other review) probably need an FBA. If it fits in the shoulders, it might just work.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Date: 7/3/13 11:29 AM

Looks like that pattern only comes in one size range, as do most (all?) New Lookds, so you'll have to grade up if necessary. I agree with the others, though, flat measure the pattern first before you grade up, it might be ok as is. NL in my experience doesn't run as huge as simplicity or BMV, especially in the knit tops, but it still can be a bit roomy.

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Date: 7/3/13 10:49 PM

Thanks everyone for your input. I'll measure up the pattern as suggested and hopefully it will be close. My fabric is a cheap one so not the end od the world but it would be good make it work. And thanks Plazaglass for the link to the grading article.

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Date: 7/4/13 12:20 PM

Let us know how it works out! Always good to learn what works and what doesn't.

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