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Lengthening A Pattern
"Super simple adjustment" ... but running into problem. Please help me.
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Date: 1/6/14 9:20 PM

Hi,

I am lengthening a simple shift pattern. There are lengthen and shorten lines around the waist. Fitting it on me, I need to lengthen it around the waist 1 3/8". So, I cut along the slash line and lengthened it the amount I needed.

However, I ran into a problem. Ugh. It is totally perplexing me.

Keeping the CF straight, I lengthened it from there a total of 1 3/8". Just what I needed. Great. HOWEVER - the side seam length is 1 1/2". Sure, off by 1/8" but in pattern making ... not good. I could make both sides equal ... but the CF would be off then. Ugh.

Help? WHAT to do?

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Date: 1/6/14 10:17 PM

Try taping graph paper into the 1 3/8" gap to help you see that everything is aligned. It is very easy to shift things just a hair and then have that magnified by the time you reach the next seam.

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Date: 1/6/14 11:55 PM

I also use graph paper. Or I'm misunderstanding your problem. You cut it all the way across, right? The two sides should line up with maybe some correction to seam line on the curved side.

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Date: 1/7/14 0:37 AM

Did you do the same to the back pieces? I don't use graph paper, though that's a great idea. I use a sewing gauge all the way across the pattern with copy paper underneath, then tape in place. If you did the exact same thing in the front and back, it should match up.

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Date: 1/7/14 0:54 AM

If you lengthen an A line dress equally across the width of the dress you are going to lengthen it a bit more at the side seam which is slanted compared to the center front. You can simply remove the unwanted length from the hem. Note that most patterns have a curved hem line for this very reason.

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Date: 1/9/14 8:23 PM

If your centre front is on the straight grain, and you cut across at exactly 90 degrees from that, don't worry if it appears as if the side seam is a different distance. It should still be the same distance apart perpendicularly. You may need to re-draw the side seam to make a smooth line between the two parts. (This is called "truing up the seam"). It depends a bit on the shape of the garment.

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Date: 1/19/14 1:07 AM

Did research on this matter using several of my books, your response was the answer! Thanks!

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