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How I Resized a Vintage Pattern

Friday, July 27, 2012
Last week I was faced with a challenge as I was working on my outfit for the Sew in Tune series.  Part of the look was going to be the pajama top from a vintage pattern I bought on Etsy (my first vintage pattern purchase, by the way!).  Problem was, it was the wrong size (size 6, my boy is size 4)  Not a huge difference, I know, but at the same time, adjustments had to made if it was going to fit him.  Plus, this shirt has a somewhat tricky tab opening on the front.  At first, I was just going to cut the pattern pieces a little smaller, but there's more to it to correctly grade a pattern than that (how much smaller, which sides to shorten, etc).  So, while there's probably several ways to do this, I'd like to show you what I did.  Who knows, you may be faced with the problem of re-sizing a pattern, and may find this useful!  

Here's the pattern...(I made #4).  

Basically, what I did, was aligned the pattern pieces as they would fit together on the garment, and measured how far the edges were from each other.  

Then, I took a shirt that fits my boy to trace the body and shoulders.  I was a little generous with the sizing because I wanted it to be comfortable for sleeping in.

Added some for the hem...

I traced the shape of the neckline from the original pattern. 

Then, directly on the front piece, using the measurements from comparing the pieces on the original pattern, I used a fabric pen to mark out the tab piece.  

Then a little connect-the-dots...

traced the tab piece...

...and had my tab pieces!

Here are some more pics of how everything came together: 

 And here is the happy boy with the finished project!

The entire look, including a tutorial, will be featured in my guest post over at Melly Sews a little later on today.  

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