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Joyce F
Posted 2018-06-13 5:52 PM (#92603)
Subject: Scaling



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Hope I can phrase this right. I was on the verge of cutting a new dress pattern when it occurred to me that it was a very stretchy fabric and I was making a sheath (because of a shortage of fabric.) I removed the selvedges, then I tried printing out the scale gauge, but Adobe Acrobat wasn't cooperating. I remember one of the older versions had some instructions on this, but don't remember. I took a 5 in. piece of crosswise fabric and it stretched to 8 in. What percentage should I shrink it.

It has some lengthwise stretch too, should I scale that.

Should mention I am not young enough anymore to sew anything all that form fitting.

Edited by Joyce F 2018-06-13 5:56 PM
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Shrymp
Posted 2018-06-14 8:56 AM (#92604 - in reply to #92603)
Subject: Re: Scaling


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8"-5"=3"
3"/5"=.06
.06x100=60%
Easier way is through centimeters. Start with 10 cm and for every cm past that is 10%. 11 cm = 10%, 12 cm = 20%, 13 cm = 30%, and so forth.
I personally wouldn't stretch the lengthwise for a dress. It doesn't have anything to hold the vertical stretch like you would on a leotard. The dress will ride up.
Depending on the design and the ease that was put in on the pattern will make a difference also.
My suggestion is to wrap the fabric around your body and feel how tight you want it to fit in the bust and waist. As for the hip I would actually add an ease unless you want your dress to ride up to the waist every time you move. You will be pulling the skirt down all the time.
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Joyce F
Posted 2018-06-14 10:20 AM (#92605 - in reply to #92604)
Subject: Re: Scaling



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Oh thank you so much. I'll try your suggestion about waist and hip area especially
And I'm so math-challenged
Joyce
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2018-06-14 12:31 PM (#92607 - in reply to #92603)
Subject: Re: Scaling



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You scale 1 % - for every 10% of stretch. So if a 5" piece stretch to 8 inches which is a 60% stretch you would scale 6%.
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