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Layer Your Way to Pattern Adjustment Success

Dec 16, 2014
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Threads author Joyce Simons Murphy shares her easy-to-learn technique for pattern adjustment using pattern tissue overlays.

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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  1. whoneedlesthis January 7th

    Joyce, I loved that idea, but could you please tell us exactly the name of the paper you used, Dick Blick has so many products it's hard to find that specific one,
    thank you

  2. User avater Joyce_Simons_Murphy January 11th

    Hi Jean,

    Glad you love the idea of layering to adjust patterns! Thanks for your comment.

    Here is the link to the product on the Dick Blick website.

    10407-4524 Tracing Paper Roll 50 yards 24"


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