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    • Grade skirt and pants patterns

      Added Jan 18, 2008

      To grade a pattern means to manipulate an existing pattern at various points in order to make it fit a smaller or larger size. This How To shows the grade lines for skirts and pants.

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    • Grade a bodice pattern to a larger size

      Added Dec 7, 2007

      To grade a pattern means to manipulate an existing pattern at various points in order to make it fit a smaller or larger size. This How To shows the technique used for making a bodice pattern larger. The technique illustrated here can be used when making any p…

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    • Grade a Sleeve Pattern to a Smaller Size

      Added Dec 28, 2007

      To grade a pattern means to manipulate an existing pattern at various points in order to make it fit a smaller or larger size. This How To shows the technique used for making a sleeve pattern smaller. The technique illustrated here can be used when making any …

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    • Up/Down Grading Pattern Sizes-Smaller Size to Bigger

      Added Aug 23, 2012

      As I am a close size 36 costumer according to my projects, Burda patterns don’t always fit right. Usually, sizes starting at 38 up to 42ish. If you ever wanted to make a new project but the pattern however did not include your size…fear not!

      Here is an easy wa…

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    • Enlarge a basic Burdastyle pattern

      Added Apr 6, 2008

      For sewers who just want to enlarge a multi-sized pattern by a couple of sizes without using grading techniques. Also suitable for beginners.

      The Lydia top is used as an example for this how-to.

      Difficulty: Easy but can be tedious, especially for designs w…

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    • Fitting - Part 1

      Added May 24, 2010

      This time I want to demonstrate my way, how I am fitting the ‘Nadja’ Bodice Pattern which I downloaded in size 36. The intro-picture shows my models shape.
      First of all it should be determined that my model is not a size 36. Her upper bodice part is size 38:

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