RESIZING VINTAGE PATTERNS
Welcome to our knowledge base for step by step instructions and images showing how to resize vintage sewing patterns!
You found a pattern that you just love but its the wrong size, don't pass it up! You can resize it easily! First measure yourself so you have accurate measurements, then lay the pattern pieces flat (you can iron the tissue paper on low setting so it will be nice and flat) and measure the pieces you need to adjust, for example the bodice of a dress. Compare what the difference is and then you'll know how many inches to reduce or enlarge the pattern by. Before you begin you'll need some basic supplies that make resizing a snap which are found at any fabric shop:
Cardboard with printed grid, French Curves they will help with tracing the curvy parts such as armholes, necklines, hips. And tracing paper to copy your original vintage pattern, so you don't alter it, only the pattern copy. And muslin fabric or any inexpensive fabric.
The instructions are clear as to how to alter patterns to get that perfect fit! Make sure to click on the images to get the full instructions. Enjoy and feel free to print out the instructions and share links to this resource for altering vintage patterns.Please note if you own a website or are a seller please give the proper CREDIT to our shop, either by using a link or in full website name.
Also here are vintage sizes that compare to our modern sizes that may be helpful:
Vintage Sizing_____ Modern Sizing
Also you may find this article helpful as well by Threads Magazine
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