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I bought the burda plus s/s13 specifically for a blue 50’s style dress but disaster! it’s a petite pattern.
Am I doing the right thing here? I traced the bodice parts of a 22 for around the chest but blended it upto a 26 for the length. it seems to fit ok so far but where do I go with the sleeves? As it is now a 22 sleeve is too small and a 26 is too big. I tried mixing up a 22/26 but that didn’t work either. Do I need to raise the armhole a bit, if so would it be the 4cm length difference between the 22 and 26?

I stalked WH Smiths every day for 10 days for this pattern and am determined to make it even if it is making my poor brain spin!!

the blue dress


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  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    May 19, 2013, 03.47 PMby sewingfan1

    This link should help http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/burda-pattern-alteration-for-petites . You’d just reverse the instructions for making it from petite to larger or have a look through the tutorials on this site or on google for “lengthening a pattern”.

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      May 24, 2013, 08.10 PMby victors

      Big thank you for that, I wish I’d seen that a month ago. First try is looking promising. Thanks again sewingfan1 x

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    May 25, 2013, 06.32 AMby sewingfan1

    No worries, hope it turns out as you want it :-)

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