How to make a sewing pattern bigger or smaller

Today, we are going to delve into making a pattern either bigger or smaller. It does not matter whether the pattern you have download is too small for you or too large for you. You can always either enlarge it or reduce it and still keep the fit and that is what we will learn today.

The very simple explanation of pattern grading is that if you cut out a pattern apart and then move all the pieces slightly away from each other, you get a bigger pattern. This is known as slash and spread grading and it looks like the diagram below:

Similarly, if you overlap all those pieces slightly, you get a smaller pattern. Very simple, right?

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