I wanted to talk about a new webinar coming out on September 20. We are so lucky to have Connie Crawford run this webinar, showing how to grade patterns. If you have an out of print sewing pattern, love to sew vintage sewing patterns and need to size them either larger or smaller this webinar is for you.
I sew a lot with vintage patterns and those can be very limited in sizes. Grading them up or down saves me a lot of heartache. So, let’s go into details of what you’ll learn in this webinar.
This webinar will help guide the professional or home consumer to understand a bit more about making a pattern larger or smaller. Grading is the proportionate increase or decrease from one size to the next. This webinar will give you the skills necessary for grading a pattern larger (UP) or smaller (DOWN).
Whether you wish to grade a single-size or a multi-size pattern, you need to understand the principles by which patterns are graded, as well as the method of hand grading. This could be for the purpose of using a vintage pattern that’s not in the size needed, or any other reason you may need to size a pattern for personal use, especially if we have lost weight or grained weight. Knowing how to grade patterns by hand is an essential skill for any patternmaker, whether professional or home sewer.
It isn’t simply a matter of expanding a pattern at its side seams until its circumference matches the needed measurements. The increase or decrease must be distributed throughout the pattern to maintain accurate proportions. Once you’ve grasped the basics, you will be able to resize any pattern by as many sizes as you wish; you can grade consecutive sizes individually or grade by multiples in one step.
*Note, this grading method only changes pattern size—it does not alter the fit, especially a bust dart size to make the pattern fit better over a larger bust.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- The different amounts for grading
- Figure the beakdowns for a 2” grade
- How to set up the pattern pieces to grade
- The basic grading procedures for a front & back bodice
- Grading process for sleeves
- Grading process for different style variations, such as princess seams, knits, plus sizes, men’s wear and children’s
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Beginner to advanced sewers, patternmakers and designers who want to improve their knowledge of sizing patterns. This presentation is to help guide the professional or home consumer to learn specific techniques in making patterns different sizes to suit their personal needs and understand more about making a pattern larger or smaller.