How to Pretest Pattern Changes with “Minipats”
You want to lengthen a short sleeve into a long sleeve, but you’re afraid you’ll miss the desired length. Or, you want to alter a section of the pattern, or would like to try a design detail, but the prospect of drawing, cutting, and tracing the pattern pieces seems daunting and time-consuming. Here’s how I make exploring the possibilities easy.
Usually on first page of the instructions sheet, you’ll find little pattern pieces known as “minipats.” Enlarge them by 200% to 400% on your printer or copier, and work out your alterations or design ideas on a much smaller scale. This enables you to test-drive your pattern change with the least effort and without risk.
These minipats are scaled to each other.
Making a short sleeve longer is one of the easiest alterations to make.
Enlarge the pattern 400% for easy visibility.
Draw the underarms to the desired length.…
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