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Date: 8/18/12 10:43 PM

Hello PR , I have several patterns I bought while back of the size I am*at that time* since then I've lost weight the patterns are size 8 and I need to go to a 4/6 how do i do this ? Is it very hard to do? I've been sewing for some years now but never had to do this before if anyone has any tuts that I can follow would be great thanks

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Date: 8/19/12 10:58 AM

I'm bumping this up to see if anyone else can help out.

My only suggestion would be, trace off the smallest size and then make your adjustments. If you need to take in bigger side seams, trim down to what you need, if you need to narrow the shoulders, do so. Have you done a muslin or tissue fit with the size 8? What areas do you need to make smaller? Is it an all over fit problem? If your pattern is multi sized, look at the amount allowed between each size. Example: from a size 10 to a 12 might be a half inch difference. If you cut from the smallest size (8) take away a half inch all over and see what happens.
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Date: 8/19/12 11:04 AM

I'd love to help you lvs2sew, but I have so little experience with sizing DOWN a pattern!

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Date: 8/19/12 12:07 PM

Are your patterns multisized or just size 8?

I'd like to help if I can. I took classes in pattern grading years ago and would enjoy dredging up some of my old knowledge. Let me know if you want my help and if so, let's start with one of the simplest patterns and see how it goes.



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Date: 8/19/12 4:21 PM

thanks for the offer elcue it is a multi size pattern the smallest size is 8

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Date: 8/19/12 7:17 PM

lvs2sew,

There used to be a simple diagram in the Burda mags with showed how to grade the pattern based on the edges of the pattern but I can't find it on their website at the moment.

I did find these two links which may help you:
Burda - make a pattern larger or smaller This is a tutorial version of the picture I was trying to find. I've used this method a few times and have had pretty good results.

grading a dress & sleeve bodice A bit more mathematical, but useful if you only have a one size pattern.

Hope this is of some help.

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Date: 8/19/12 7:54 PM

If the pattern is uncut you can echo the lines and decrease in the same increments as the other sizes. Pattern grading is just a lot of repetition in proportion keeping the points in line.

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Date: 8/19/12 8:14 PM

Thanks for those two links to pattern grading. I find the Burda link more appealing but it is a shame they didn't use a single pattern piece for the example. The overlapping pieces make it look more complicated than it is.

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Date: 8/20/12 10:23 AM

If I was a pattern size 6 I'd solve the problem by eating ice cream every night.

If you have uncut patterns (in any size), you can look at where they've added inches for larger sizes (i.e., on the side but not on the side front, etc). And you can see how on some curves the smaller sizes are ABOVE the larger ones (like armholes, necklines, etc). You can probably figure out enough to make a decent muslin and then tweak it from there.
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Date: 8/21/12 11:36 PM

thanks for those links i did look them over and saved them they are a bit confusing due to the multi pattern lines but i think i can figure it out going to give it a try this weekend if RL lets me

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