Layer Your Way to Pattern Adjustment Success
Here is a way to use a pattern tissue overlay to adjust a pattern without having to slash and spread or erase a bunch of lines. This method is neat and well-organized. Adjustment lines are drawn on the overlay, looking through the tissue to the pattern underneath. Once changes are confirmed, the overlay replaces the ill-fitting portion of the pattern.
Birth of the idea
The “layers” light went on in 2002 as I was grading my JSM Pants 1 pattern, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
I noticed that each new size ended up on a separate layer. I could stack or unstack these layers at will to compare the size and shape changes between pattern sizes, and I could shift one layer over on top of another layer to join the points, using the original lines as a guide. When I was done grading I had several pattern sizes that could be…
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