Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8160

June 19, 2009

This is a 1969 pattern. I really love the fit. I bought the pattern about two sizes too big. Thank goodness there were princess seams in the front and back to grade down. Can anyone recommend a good book explaining the alteration process for vintage patterns? I love the neckline on this pattern. If it had been a modern day pattern, it would have been a lot lower! The modest V-neck works great! I heart this pattern! More of them to come…

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  1. I use this website
    http://www.sensibility.com/pattern/resizepattern.htm

    (It's linked from Mom's patterns). I have successfully used this process for grading them up and just tried it going down and it works. It's basic math. I traced my pattern out on the back of a paper grocery bag (traced around it). then I used my ruler and cutting mat to located the places to slash, drew it on with pencil, cut it, then marked the places I would overlap/line up the pattern piece, aligned them on the cutting mat, and taped them back together. This is now the new pattern size. Do it to both front and back and it should work fine.

    Here's a photo of my resized pattern (made larger but you can get the idea):
    http://www.kerry-litka.com/main/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/patterns4.jpg

  2. Hi Cindy, I saw a great explanation of how to resize patterns, vintage or current in a spread in Threads Magazine. I am not sure of the year, but I think you could go to the web site, and do a search for pattern resizing. It was very clear and gave me great tips. Good luck, cute outfit!

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