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« on: March 08, 2013 11:15:14 PM »



I want to make Butterick 4443 view F

My problem is shortening the bodice, I've done this successfully before on a dress pattern, but I think it was a simplicity pattern so it was, ya know, simple. On this pattern I don't know what the foldline is,  I didn't see anything about it in the instructions.  Does the foldline affect how much I can shorten the bodice? And does 'for petite' mean that's the foldline for the bodice after I shorten it? Here are some pics to clarify my rambling.

 
I tried to rotate it idk what happened.

Close up, very sorry that this one is also upside down.

 


I'm really tired, I hope this made sense.  If not let me know and I'll try to make sense tomorrow. Thanks for looking.

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013 09:10:38 AM »

If it's a petite-only pattern, then the torso length and hip length are already proportionally shorter. Your pattern is for regular and petite, hence the convenient pleat lines marked "for petite." Fold the bottom line up to the top line and crease the paper in between. You'll probably have to adjust the seam allowances to make them "true," and also double check the new lengths of the bodice pieces against your own measurements. If you need to adjust the torso length further, cut across the shorten/lengthen line and remove/add length as needed.

Since you potentially have a LOT of adjusting to do, you may wish to trace all your pieces out onto wax paper, sturdy tracing paper, craft paper, newsprint, anything you can see through if you hold it up to a window. Tissue paper, unfortunately, will take only so much abuse, especially if you need to make adjustments several times.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013 06:23:11 PM »

If you want to make it the petit length, you just fold the bottom line up to the line marked petit (by following the arrow).  Does that make sense?
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013 08:06:46 PM »

Thanks, both you. Lol it's so obvious now, I'm embarrassed!  I did trace the pattern pieces onto some other paper. The last time I made a dress the pattern was in pretty bad shape from all the changes and cutting and taping and whatnot. But making mistakes is how you learn I guess.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013 09:37:39 AM »

No need to be embarrassed, I'm glad we could help.
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