Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Making The Grade - How to Score an "A" in Pattern Class

Doris Day Blackboard, Teacher

Following on from my foray into pattern-fudging I've gathered together for myself some information on how to go about things the right way.

I'm posting this here - so that if nothing else I can find the links again easily for when I need them next time :) 

So, here's to do it the non-fudged way!

Grading Pattern Pieces - Properly! 
Links to tips/tutorials:
(1-4 are all on
1: Grade skirt and pants patterns
2: Grade a bodice pattern to a larger size

3: Make a Pattern Larger or Smaller (by the Selfish Seamstress herself!)
4: Enlarge a basic BurdaStyle pattern (For sewers who just want to 

        enlarge a multi-sized pattern by a couple of sizes without using grading techniques).
5: Making Sense of Pattern Grading (from Threads Magazine’s website)

6: Quick Reference for Cut-and-Spread Pattern Grading (Threads Magazine)
7: Archive for ‘Pattern Grading’ (from The Dressmaker’s Resource,

I do own a lovely grading book but I've yet to read it and as a beginner I'm not ready to whisk up a new pattern-size overnight, so this will wait a little while longer to get tested.

P.S. If I find anymore links I shall be sure to add them onto this list :) 


  1. Hi Claire

    Just found your blog - this list of links is super useful.

    I'm relatively new to sewing and started my blog recently, in an attempt to improve my somewhat limited knowledge in this area (in other words, steal tips, hints and ideas from people who know what they're talking about!)

    Look forward to reading more about what you get up to.


  2. Hi Donna!
    Thank you for your lovely comment :)
    I love all these blogs where we can share ideas & find tips etc. for doping things so many different ways. So much to learn - but so much fun to be had too !

    P.S. Your wedding dress was fab :)

  3. Okay, scratch my previous comment. But at least you can tell I'm reading through in proper order. Hope the grading is going (has gone) well. ;)

  4. LOL @ Tanit-Isis you make me smile :) the "grading" (or fudging) of the waistband went smoothly, but the muslin fits too small (doh!) Back to the drawing board for me!

  5. This is brilliant! I'm so glad you directed me here. The Threads link looks especially helpful. Thanks!


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