Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design »
InstructionsI unpicked a dress that I'd bought on eBay that was too small and drafted an upsized pattern from it using Barbara's method.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage, Classic, Cute
Blue and white striped cotton
What was your inspiration?
I unpicked a dress that I'd bought on eBay that was too small and drafted an upsized pattern from it using Barbara's method. I loved the dress but it was never going to fit. After doing this course I felt confident enough to try and create a pattern from the old dress and enlarge it to fit.
What are you most proud of?
I now have the perfect pattern for me in a style I just could find in a commercial pattern. I have adjusted the pattern as I went so I can make it anytime without fitting through the process too much.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make sure that your drafted pattern is symmetrical. Where there are darts or pleats, only completely undo one side until you can mark dart legs or pleat directions. As you unpick the dress, take note of the construction order, so you know the sewing order.