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Posted on: 6/13/04 10:37 PM
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I tend to forget what adjustments I made where on a pattern; over the past few months Iíve developed a sort of system so I can look at a pattern later and tell what I did. It involves using markers (or colored pencils) of various colors. For instance, one of my common adjustment combos on a top would be to use a size 8 for the shoulders, a size 12 for the bust and a size 14 for the hips. So I would use, say, a green marker to trace the size 8 lines at the shoulder and all common-to-all-sizes lines, such as the CF fold line and the hem, a blue marker to trace the size 12 lines at the bottom of the armhole and down the side seam for an inch or so, and a purple marker to trace the size 14 lines at the hip. Then, Iíd use pivot-and-slide to transition between the different sizes (or you could use a French curve) and trace those transition areas with an orange marker. When Iím done, Iíve got a rainbow colored pattern, but by noting on the pattern tracing what each color represents I can easily see what I did where to adjust the pattern.

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tassie girl said... (6/16/04 7:54 AM) Reply
I like your idea very much and will have a go soon.
Kim Winson said... (6/13/04 11:43 PM) Reply
Lisa--this is an excellent system! I was just cutting out a new pattern today and I marked all of my cutting lines since I was switching back and forth between sizes...and I *knew* that I would forget and cut the wrong size at the wrong spot.
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