I have a pile of patterns, most of them a size 14, I am a size12 !
The patterns I like the most look easy to make up, how easy is it to make the patterns smaller?
Is there a size in cm that I should follow ?
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Hi Charlotte.. this is a great link for grading patterns.
The easiest way to make the pattern smaller is to draw the grade lines on the pattern (as per the above sites instructions) and then just fold & tape out the excess.
eg. to downsize a bodice (half bodice pattern), you will need parallel lines running from neck thru to waist, from shoulder thru to waist, from underarm thru to waist. (there will be some illustrations on the link)
pinch out 3mm (total - so 1.5mm on the half pinch) on the neck grade line, 3mm on the shoulder grade line and 6mm on the underarm grade line.
Your pattern will now be one size smaller! ie. the half bodice pattern piece is now 12mm smaller, which is 48mm smaller on the whole.
You can also draw a horizontal line above bust and one below bust and take out 6mm along each to shorten the bodice. But as you may be shorter or longer in these areas anyway you may want to make a muslin and check whether you need a different measurement.
Hope that helps. It's difficult to explain in words. Check out the link...it might look frightening at first.. but downsizing one whole size is the easiest grade you could do. Good luck!
I have the opposite problem and need to size patterns up - lucky you ;0)
Hope you are having fun x
I'm glad its not just me, it's interesting to know patterns are so so different.