There are loads of vintage patterns out there on the internet, but few will be in your size! In fact the chances of getting a vintage pattern from an era like the 30’s that just happens to be in your size is pretty well zero!
Don’t fret, it’s possible to make any pattern bigger or smaller by a mystical process called grading. Ok, this is a bit of an effort, but for a rare 40’s pattern it’s definately worth the effort. First step is to trace the original, and make all your adjustments on the copy, that way you can go back to the original if you make any mistakes There’s a bit of maths and cutting and slashing involved in this process,and I found a fabulous tutorial on this topic over on A stitching odyssey written by the fabulous and talented Alana from Lazy stitching.com, who has kindly agreed to share her excellent tutorial here!
Alana is referring about grading a specific pattern as an example, but this process works for any pattern.
Thanks Alana! Over to you…..
So here goes – rulers and pencils at the ready!