Tidbit 1 - How to grade up pattern pieces using nested sizes.
In my review post of Burda 102 I mentioned that my figure is a size 42 on top but a bigger size on the bottom. According to the Burda size chart my bottom half is a size 46, which is considered a plus size. So what patterns do you sew if only half of your body is plus? Thanks to a handy tip I picked up on the PR boards years ago, you can pick the "regular" size and grade up the areas that need it. (My thanks to the person who originally posted this tip, who's name I have long since forgotten.)
This method works if...
a. You only need to grade up a few sizes.
b. The original pattern comes with multiple sizes.
I'll be demonstrating this technique on the front skirt of Burda 102. Now on to the knitty gritty!
1. Trace the largest size of the pattern including all darts, notches and other markings. For this pattern it's size 42 which is the solid line.
If you try this process I strongly recommend making a muslin to make sure that all the pieces fit together. Occasionally I just forget to grade one piece up, but the muslining process always catches this before real disaster strikes.
Tidbit 2 - How to fold the sleeves on this dress.
If you were hoping for more video of me then your wish has been granted! I couldn't find a way to get a good close up on the sleeve, since it's just me working the camera. So for reference here's a pic of the sleeve clearly showing it's markings.
Now on to my "instructional video".