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You've just finished resizing your pattern piece. That was easy, wasn't it? Repeat this process for every piece in the pattern and that's it- you're ready to make it in your size! Keep in mind, unless your pattern has different lengths for different sizes (which many patterns don't), this method will not help you alter the pattern size for a taller or shorter wearer. See the how-to "Burda Pattern Alteration for Petites" for information on how to lengthen and shorten a pattern. Good luck to my fellow non-standard-size seamstresses!

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    Mar 19, 2016, 01.11 PMby blackbird79

    So what happens when pattern is one size only? I’m thinking for pants do i just make wider?

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    Feb 9, 2016, 01.56 PMby Kara Lakies

    I understand your concept, however, I could be a lot clearer. Your pictures are iff—your purple crayon is not coresponding to what you are trying to show, ie, the notch, your purple dots, and all the other pattern pieces still not cut away from the one you are demonstrating. I hear others comment about close to the same thing. Geeze.. take something and make it harder on us, really? Sorry, but we’re all trying to learn something. I myself have been fighting with a burda pj pattern for the 4th time I’m going to decrease my size … I’m not in love with the entire pdf program and your company’s way of doing things.

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    Oct 22, 2014, 03.09 PMby Cat Snr

    The pattern I’m using only has one size…. what then?

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    Jul 21, 2014, 04.14 PMby Paula Renee Smith

    Thank you so much for this!

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    Jun 17, 2014, 12.30 AMby anjagriessmeyer

    This a wonderful tutorial, thank you for sharing! :)

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    Feb 21, 2014, 12.32 AMby Connie Lawson

    I don’t get it. I’m confused by all the lines on the paper. Is that a pattern piece?

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      Feb 9, 2016, 01.59 PMby Kara Lakies

      Unfortunately they didn’t cut the other patterns away for the one they were demonot rating on, lie a sleeve may be next to a collar, which just adds to the confusuin. Burda patterns I find are not easy at all.

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    Aug 15, 2012, 09.49 AMby SassyT

    Thank you.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 10.19 PMby Feenblut

    What if I only have a pattern for one size?

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    Jun 6, 2011, 10.10 AMby Karen Crusoe

    This is the perfect method for adjusting multi-sized patterns!

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    Apr 13, 2011, 04.05 PMby janene

    Brilliant. Thank you for this. All of a sudden I have a lot more patterns to use now!

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    Jun 4, 2010, 11.27 PMby 9crafty11

    Thanks for this tip, I’m going to try to apply it to childrens wear..hope it works!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 03.48 PMby fiddlyfingerwork

    I’ve just read through your instructions and added them to my toolkit, you make pattern adjusting sound simple and do-able, I’m going to have a go on a skirt pattern – thankyou :)

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