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Modifying and partially re-drafting a pattern

I just finished modifying and partially re-drafting a pattern for a two-piece dance set, in 5 sizes. Wow, was that ever a lot of work with so many problems to solve. First, copying the original pattern in all 5 sizes. Then, deciding where to make changes, doing all the calculations (again, for 5 sizes). Finally, making sure everything matches...yikes, I admire people who do this from scratch! Hats off to you all.

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Comment by Carolyn de Leeuw on September 16, 2008 at 4:36pm
Thanks, that's a useful suggestion!
Comment by loobyloo on September 16, 2008 at 12:54pm
In the future if you want to grade patterns yourself you might want to check out the Fashiondex. It contains grading charts for everything from infant onesies to Men's clothing. It tells you the standard grade between sizes etc- taking a lot of the guesswork out of the process. There are also books available from Amazon on pattern grading.
Comment by Carolyn de Leeuw on September 7, 2008 at 4:24pm
Well, I at least had something to start with! But thanks, it was a good challenge.
Comment by Zhizara on September 7, 2008 at 9:06am
Sounds like YOU did it from scratch! Hats off to you! Keep up the good work.

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