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 with lots of pattern pieces and darts, e.g: jackets.

Technique Materials

Marker pen, tracing paper, ruler or set square

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    Oct 18, 2011, 07.16 PMby woodentops

    Hey please can we have the pdf file on how to enlarge a sewing pattern please Burdastyle many thanks

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    May 4, 2011, 12.45 PMby denise2003

    Unfortunately, the PDF file is damaged and I can’t download it. Can we get it fixed?

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    Apr 21, 2010, 01.26 AMby greyredroses

    I just totally went against my better judgment in using this super easy quick size up method, and instead spent hours slicing-and-spreading the Talea 9301 coat pattern from here. Now, I don’t know what I’m going to get as a result of my total PHAILING at math. I wish I had of stumbled across this sooner :(

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    Feb 15, 2010, 06.53 AMby ladidoh

    I have just had a go at this – worked perfectly and heaps easier than other grading methods I have tried before.

    A few other tips to share, gleaned from previous grading nightmares :)

    I spread my pattern pieces out on a self-healing cutting board (like the one quilters use) and placed the tracing paper over the top. By doing this I was able to keep the pattern pieces flat when grading (nothing worse than paper shifting half way through a trace) and I could also transfer all of the markings on the pattern easily.

    I also used a french curve to ensure that the curved edges on the pattern were replicated accurately.

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    Feb 4, 2009, 09.16 AMby ed2122

    this is so great. I just found a pattern I love but it’s 2 sizes too small. I’m guessing the same principles would work for a skirt?? If you have any tips on a skirt vs. a top, I’d love to know!

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    Sep 10, 2008, 01.08 PMby magicsnjor

    thanks, this is great, I used this on one of the Jackets on here and got it to fit perfectly, thanks again.

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    Apr 22, 2008, 12.24 PMby hans1247

    I am so grateful for this “how to”!

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    Apr 10, 2008, 01.50 AMby stephanie-l

    Hey, this is great! I had been doing a similar thing on a skirt to enlarge but wasn’t sure if it was a good thing to do, not having any formal dressmaking training. But the garment fitted well, so it must work! Great illustrations and text!

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    Apr 9, 2008, 03.22 AMby officebusybody

    I’m really glad you all found it helpful. I’ve used this to enlarge patterns by up to 3 sizes, and didn’t have problems with scaling.

    I think the most efficient way of doing this is to start with the bodice, then the sleeves. The facings should be done last because they’re actually made from the bodice. If you’re enlarging a shirt, then the collar and cuffs should be done last (and don’t forget to re-space the buttonholes).

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    Apr 7, 2008, 08.24 AMby bella6167

    Thank you for the illustrations! Great job!

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    Apr 6, 2008, 12.04 PMby antigone

    Thank you so very much. This is very helpful. Until now I was gazing doubtfully at the patterns that don’t come in my size. Thanks.

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    Apr 6, 2008, 06.08 AMby ememtee

    Thanks so much. This How To was exactly what I needed.

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