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A lot of patterns I have come across that I adore aren’t intended for plus size women but I don’t want that to stop me. How would I take a regular pattern piece and make it so where it is plus size and how/where would I add the extra inches? I really need you guys skills!!!! By the way I am a beginner and really don’t want to get discouraged as I have no clue how to draft a pattern piece myself! ANY HELP????


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    Jul 14, 2013, 06.31 AMby rita61

    Hi. I congratulate you on your bravery; however, if you are a beginner, I would suggest using a pattern that is big enough.

    Until recently, I was making some patterns into plus sizes, and it’s not easy if you have to go up more than one size. You also need to consider the amount of ease in the design when you are adjusting the pattern. One size is easy if you are using a multisize pattern; just draw another set of lines outside the last size lines, and use the increments between the sizes as your guide. However, if you need additional width at let’s use the waist for example, than you have to add that width, and blend the design lines together. Sometimes doing that changes the design, and it can end up totally different. If you are even proportions everywhere, just plus size, than it shouldn’t be a problem to draw one size bigger. In case you are not aware, Burda patterns that you can download from here do not include seam allowances. Most commercial patterns do include seam allowances.

    I found it easier to use a plus sized pattern, it saved a lot of work, and was a nicer fit. There are a lot of nice plus size patterns available.

    If you really still want to start by enlarging a pattern, I would suggest you read a couple of books or guides about drafting/grading a pattern bigger, before you try it. It is a lot of extra work. I really suggest using a pattern that is plus size. You can always send me an email if you like, and maybe I could give you some suggestions of a pattern. (I haven’t posted everything that I’ve made, I used to be to busy with work etc.)

    I look forward to seeing some of your projects. :-)
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      Jul 22, 2013, 07.39 PMby msbrkins

      Thank you so much!

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    Jul 17, 2013, 10.36 PMby roselan

    You could try Grading your patterns? Threads have a great tutural on grading. I’m a plus size and I don’t let that stop me if I like a Pattern I just grade it up, make a muslin to see If it sits right.

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      Jul 22, 2013, 07.40 PMby msbrkins

      Thank you, didnt think of using muslin first

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    Jul 21, 2013, 01.59 AMby ccsinspirations

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      Jul 22, 2013, 07.40 PMby msbrkins

      Thank You

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    Jul 22, 2013, 07.39 PMby msbrkins

    Thanks so much for the advice!!!!!! I can’t wait to post some of my projects!

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    Aug 16, 2013, 07.14 AMby 2peaches

    There is a good class on Craftsy about how to alter patterns for plus sizes.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 04.13 AMby cascadia

    I would highly suggest taking the Craftsy class on plus sized patterns by Barbara Deckert as well as buying her book. She makes it pretty easy to grade patterns up to your size.

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