Once you have marked down which sizes you are using the “Find Your Burda Size” how to, pull the pattern out and get to work. We are using the Lydia shirt, but you can use this technique on any pattern.

Technique Materials

Pattern, your sizes, french curve, pencil

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    Feb 21, 2013, 03.21 AMby evelearntosew

    Thanks so much for this – I have been trying to find a class in my area on how to alter a pattern. Over the years my body has changed except the bust. My measurements are 38 bust, 34 waist, and 42 hips and I just did not know how to alter a pattern to fit my measurements so thank you again. Now I just have to go and give it a shot.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 06.57 AMby marmaladefille

    What if you need to adjust in the other direction—that is, your waist size is larger than your bust and hip?

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    May 1, 2012, 10.10 PMby 5294sandras

    Very helpful. Thank you.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 10.44 PMby laugh434

    This is great! Thanks so much! I’m still a little confused/intimidated by french curves and other dressmaking tools, but this is a good way to start using them.

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    Jul 10, 2009, 11.45 AMby jessyratfink

    I’ve always wondered about this. I have a 12 inch difference between my waist (26) and hips (38) and it always causes problems!

    Thanks for sharing. :D

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    Nov 1, 2008, 04.54 PMby yomuledet

    Got it at last… thanx

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    Jun 15, 2008, 07.33 AMby kareb

    Good morning,

    I just found this wonderful site and am so excited to learn more about choosing and cutting the right size for me. I understand how to cut for different sized through the bust and hips. My question is how to choose and redraw for a smaller neck and upper chest. Most of my blouses are too big in this area and the coller seems to hang and drape with no shaping in the neck area. If I cut a smaller neck how do I merge into the shoulder and armhole area. What size do I cut in at the tip of the armhole and how do I adjust for the sleeve. My neck is small but my back and under the arms is not.

    I hope this makes some sense. In a nut shell how do you merge between different sizes in the upper neck and bust area?

    I love Burda patterns and use them often.

    Thank you looking forward to learning a much need skill.


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    Jun 5, 2008, 02.57 PMby becky-del-paramo

    Thanks Constance_k! If it worked for you and your waist is much narrower than mine, it should work for me too! Thanks again :)

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    Jun 4, 2008, 10.57 AMby amarie

    I usually have problems fitting my arms. If I try the size bigger, the sleeves droop. If smaller, then it bunches on my armpits. How do I adjust the arm holes and the corresponding sleeve pattern?

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    Jun 3, 2008, 11.42 AMby mandypandy

    Finally I can adjust the patterns BEFORE I make them! I usually make something, try it on, pin, then (practically) re-make it. Thank you so much—so very helpful :-)

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    Jun 2, 2008, 11.42 PMby Marte Holm

    Yes, Becky, it will work, but you might want to add bust dart and the like, unless the fabric is very stretchy. I’ve used 44/42 for hips and bust with 34 for waist, and that worked.

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    May 31, 2008, 09.29 AMby becky-del-paramo

    I think is great to adjust the patterns, but I got a question… Does it works even if my bust and hip size is 42, and my waist is size “37”?

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    May 30, 2008, 11.40 PMby aliish

    This is awesome!! Thank you so much!

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    May 30, 2008, 03.14 PMby dianacirne

    This is so helpfull!!! Thank you!

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