Tag Archives: pattern grading

Why are Indie Patterns Tested in Every Size?

Anyone who reads this column regularly knows that my pet peeve is inconsistent pattern grading. I’m annoyed by it, confused by it, and continue to ask “HOW does that happen? It’s not even possible to have inconsistent shapes and angles … Continue reading

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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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