Are you trying to learn to sew 2 fit. Then you can learn a lot of things today. Let’ talk about the blending patterens. Blending sizes is often used for people that find that one part of their body doesn’t fall into the same size category as another part of their body. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use blending sizes to customize the waist fit of your me-made garments. When you’re blending sizes, you’re going to want to pay attention to two measurement charts. Of course your body measurement chart, but also your finished garment measurement chart. This is going to help you to figure out the ease of a garment. The reason you’re going to want to be acquainted with the ease of the pattern is because if you’re making something with a really loose oversized fit, kind of like the jacket that I’m wearing, it won’t particularly matter if your waist falls into a different size category than the rest of your body. If you’re making something a little bit more fitted, then blending sizes is going to be a really great way to help you achieve a better fit the first time around.

First thing you’re going to want to do is examine the body measurement chart and then go ahead and make a note on the size chart of what sizes you’re going to be blending between. This will come in handy later when you’re working on your adjustments. In this first example, I’m going to demonstrate how to blend a dress from a10 in the waist to a 14 in the hip. The first thing you’re going to want to do is locate the waist of the garment. Oftentimes, this will be marked by a notch right on your pattern piece, but you can also visually identify it on fitted garments because usually it’s the most narrow part of the pattern. If either of these two things apply to the pattern you’re working with, don’t worry.

You can just take the pattern and hold it straight up to your body and determine the waist that way. Once you’ve identified the waist of your pattern, you can go ahead and grab a pencil and mark it. Once you’ve marked your waist, you’re going to want to go ahead and also find the hip line of your pattern. Often this is going to be about 7 to 9 inches below your waistline, but again, you could also visually identify it by the widest part of the pattern and if that doesn’t work, just hold the pattern up to yourself and mark the line that way. Once you’ve marked your hip, you’re ready to grab your hip curve and create your new side seam. Your hip curve is going to help you create a really smooth transition from your waist to your hip. There’s no like exact science to this. You’re just trying to create a nice, smooth line that mimics that of your body.

Once you’ve created a nice smooth line, you’re ready to cut out your new pattern pieces. But make sure that you’re making these same adjustments to your back pattern pieces or any other corresponding pattern pieces. If you’re blending out in the waist rather than in, you can just follow those exact same sequence of steps, finding the waistline finding the hip line, and using your hip curve to blend smoothly between sizes. In some cases, you might find that you have intersecting pattern pieces, like the waist band on a pair of pants or a corresponding bodice and skirt. In these cases, you’re just going to want to make sure that you’re adding or subtracting the same amount at those intersecting seams.

In this example, I have the Christina skirt and i blend it all the way down to a size 10 in the waist and i’d want to make sure that I was also cutting a size 10 waistband, so that everything lines up when I’m sewing. You can already start to see just how versatile this adjustment is and how it can help you achieve an even better fit the first time you sew a garment.