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HelgaPataki's picture

pattern repairing/resizing (post #36284)

Hi, I need update/advice on new supplies. I am interested in quick-fix, not a lot of time (like an hour or two, not days)  I have an old kwiksew pattern for mens long johns that I need the bigger size.  I cut it to size medium and did not take note for the size large.  I am curious if there is something that is easy to add the additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch all around the template pieces.  I am guessing it is about 1/2 to 1/4 inch extra but it doesnt really matter as long as the garment isn't too tight.  I am actually hoping that there is a product like a post-it-note tape that I can just adhese to the template and trim later (hope this makes sense), or can anybody think of another idea?  the reason I did not try post it note tape yet is because the side that is sticky might be sticky all over and I only want it partially stickly.  Thank you.

lucyyong's picture

pattern resizing (post #36284, reply #1 of 2)

Hi,   although I am still new to sewing.  I can think of two ways to resize :

1)  using a photocopier to size up say 120% ( or another figure, depending on how much larger you want the size to be) .  I normally cut up my pattern and enlarge the pieces and piece them up again.

2)  using a parallel tracing wheel, like ( sorry I have to copy a link, since I havent figured out how to copy and post the picture yet)


I hope that helps. 



Pattiann42's picture

Pattern Repair/Resizing (post #36284, reply #2 of 2)

Since these are long-johns, why not just place the pattern as in onto the fabric.  Then cut along one long side and across one end (top or bottom) and then slide the pattern in the direction opposite the cuts to add width and length.

The pattern stays intact for another project.  Make notes on the pattern as to the method used and how much was added for the larger size.

Adding 1/2" to the slide method will add 2" to the overall size of the pattern.