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Quarter and half scale garments
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Virginia Hazel
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Date: 10/14/13 9:06 PM

I'll admit it, I have some kind of miniaturization fetish...

That being said, when I was first learning to sew and pattern cut in college I had to do patterns in miniature and it really helped. It was only on paper to show our proficiency but I imagine it would be good for doing new patterns as well.

Does anyone have any experience doing this? Any tips?

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Date: 10/14/13 9:56 PM

It saves paper. But if you make them up in quarter size, remember it makes a difference in the way things will drape. Use a correspondingly lighter fabric.
I also found them a very useful teaching tool.

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Date: 10/15/13 2:12 AM

Ian just about to embark on a half scale jacket in my production class!

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Date: 10/15/13 3:23 AM

I taught drafting and used scale (quarter or fifth) to teach adaptations. I have a half scale stand, and think half scale is more realistic for draping or testing ideas. A colleague who taught construction had some 3/4 scale patterns for teaching standard techniques like making a shirt. It saved on fabric and was big enough to be realistic. She had students work with these in calico. When you scale down, you can't scale the weight of your fabric or the length of your stitch. Pattern Magic books use examples worked in half scale in the photographs.

Virginia Hazel
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Date: 10/15/13 7:08 AM

Thanks guys! I'm hoping to go outside my wheelhouse with my sewing and need to figure out some stuff via trial and error, so this'll really help. :-)

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