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Is there any easy way to upsize a pattern…. can I just add extra to the seams? If I need a size 40, but the pattern is only a 38? And what about a 34?


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    Mar 5, 2010, 11.04 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    it depends on the pattern and if it is extremely fitted, or if its looser. if the pattern has more ease than what you like you can most likely cut the smaller size and be alright. if it’s something that is close fitting to begin with, it’s not so easy.

    i think someone did a grading tutorial on this site, try searching for it under the “lessons” tab.

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    Mar 6, 2010, 01.34 AMby wackyblonde

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    Mar 6, 2010, 05.42 AMby bubbley74

    Hi I often have to size up and the easiest and most efficient way is to split the pattern up the middle of all pieces re size to what you want and sellotape this is great if you only want to size up 2 size.best of luck /Bubblry

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      Mar 6, 2010, 09.14 AMby gdac

      So how much would you add per size? 1 inch? more? less?

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      Mar 6, 2010, 09.57 AMby katexxxxxx

      Just add the difference between the pattern size and your personal measurements.

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    Mar 6, 2010, 07.31 AMby katexxxxxx

    I usually trace off the pattern pieces and cut them in quarters to add inches. Remember that in the larger sizes you’ll nee a longer measurement over the bust, but not necessarily more at the sides, so while the width additions will be even sided strips, the front length additions will be wedges!

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    Mar 6, 2010, 09.23 PMby seemane

    There are also some Techniques listed in the Learning section of the BurdaStyle.com website:click this link to see a list of the techniques that might help you :)

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