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The reason behind “jumpy” pattern grading

September 2017: Re-Posting this because today I just read a simple comment in a FB group that explained so well, why patterns are sometimes graded so “jumpy”.  The question was “Can someone teach me about proper pattern grading.  I hear some people … Continue reading

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What does Grading Quality tell you about Pattern Quality?

I hear this all the time: “Why should I care if a sewing pattern is graded well, as long as the size I’m making fits?” Plenty of people don’t care, obviously….since there are many inaccurately graded patterns out there, and … Continue reading

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Why are some indie patterns graded so “jumpy”?

Have you ever used a pattern that “jumps up and down” in the grading between sizes?  Recently I was trying a pattern that had grades jumping between 1/4″, then 1/8″, then 3/8″: Since I come from an industrial background where this … Continue reading

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Pattern Grading: Hummingbird vs. Felicity

Grading is “a methodical and mathematical process that’a used to “grow” and “shrink” a style to fit a range of customer sizes….Grading is not morphing; it cannot change shape, but only makes an existing shape larger or smaller. (Kathleen Fasabella, … Continue reading

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Pattern Grading: Proportionate Curves

The purpose of pattern grading is to change the size while keeping the proportions.  When a pattern is not graded correctly, the proportions become inconsistent between sizes.   This should be caught in alpha-testing; in beta-testing each sewist is making one … Continue reading

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