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Posted on: 5/14/11 12:24 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 5 people   Very Helpful by 28 people   
Pattern drawings and models are notoriously thin. That is, they show an often unrealistically thin and tall person. I am not that person. I am barely over five feet and plump. I came up with a way to get an idea of how a pattern style might look on me. I don't have any fancy software, I just use what is available for free on my computer.

First I download a photo or drawing of the pattern. Then I open the photo in Microsoft Photo Editor. I select Resize from the Image menu. I check the box to allow distortion and increase the Width % as much as needed (often about 120 %).

There is undoubtedly other software you could use to do this.

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sewcool21 said...
thanks that helped alot
5/14/11 8:58 PM
lamstu said...
This is a clever idea. I will try it too.
5/14/11 9:24 PM
jr said...
5/15/11 0:21 AM
Dianne22 said...
What a great tip. Thanks.
5/15/11 8:42 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thank you for that interesting tip.
5/15/11 9:00 AM
JEF said...
Great tip!
5/15/11 9:10 AM
woole bully said...
i am not short but a tall/plump mama. i feel your pain! this is a great tip. thank you.
5/15/11 9:39 AM
leanmeansewingmachine said...
Great tip - will definitely try!
5/15/11 1:27 PM
sewingripper said...
What a fantastic idea. I remember laughing myself silly making those distortions to face pictures, but would never have thought of this.
6/15/11 8:23 PM
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