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This video shows how to change the size of sewing patterns. The specific example is scaling a full size pattern to quarter scale for creating Mini-Me dress forms.

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Comment by Juanita Lanaux on February 3, 2010 at 6:42am
I guess I am confused. I would love to be able to scale patterns, but is he not showing the correct way to do this?
Comment by Daftart on February 3, 2010 at 4:58am
I have no problem with that technique being called scaling. We call making the pattern fit larger and smaller bodies grading so it could be the usage changes depending where you work. (I am in the UK working as a garment technologist in industry)
For years I called a mens triangular ended shirt sleeve placket a "tommy guard" It was what it was always called in the first factory I worked in. Only a few jobs later after a kind collegue told me what they called it I realised it was the machinery that my first factory made it on had become the shorthand title. OOPS!
Anyone else had similar mis education?
Comment by Gail Romiti on February 2, 2010 at 5:33pm
Dearest Don McCunn, I love ALL your video's. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the less experienced artisan.

Comment by Nancy Wright on February 2, 2010 at 3:47pm
That's not scaling patterns! That's scaling a drawing. Anyone can use a pantogram to alter the size of a line drawing!
Scaling a pattern means to add sizes to the draft of a pattern, resulting in a piece rather like the commercial printed tissue-paper patterns we all buy.
You plainly just don't grasp the concept of scaling a pattern!

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