How to Grade Basic Sewing Patterns

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Does this sound familiar...

  • Scored an amazing vintage pattern but it's the wrong size?
  • Cut your pattern when you made it the first time, but you've now changed size?
  • Drafted your own pattern for you and now your bestie wants one in her size?

You could be grading those little beauties up or down to the right size.

This workshop will be a practical class where you will grade a variety basic pattern elements; shirt fronts and backs, skirt fronts and backs (combining both to dresses) and sleeves. Please note that only the basics are covered. We want everyone to get the class that they expect, there is only basic grading information on pant crotch and bust - you are not learning about full bust adjustments and correcting fitting problems.  

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What you will learn
  • How to take patterns up or down a couple of sizes
  • The tools you need for pattern drafting
What you will get
  • The basic knowledge to start grading patterns
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring
  • notepad and pen
  • A pattern you would like discuss
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ While there is no sewing in this class, you will get the most from it If you're familiar with patterns, some terminology & pattern markings.

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Cancellations or Request for Change:

  1. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until seven (7) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
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  5. Cancellation or requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or after a course start will not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.
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Notice periods above are based on your original booking date, if a transfer has been made, the notice periods do not reset.

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Last updated 22nd May 2019.

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26 January 2019 • How to Grade Basic Sewing Patterns

It was a pretty good class. It was good that it was so hands-on, but there could have been a little more information in the pamphlet to go home with, because the class goes very quickly with little time to take all of the information in. The pamphlet is too small, so makes the writing difficult to see. A lot of time is spent cutting out the scaled down pattern pieces at the beginning of the class, perhaps this could be pre-prepared to concentrate more on the job of grading patterns,.

Thread Den


Thank you for your feedback - we have now added pre-printed scaled down blocks as you have very thoughtfully suggested.


22 January 2019 • How to Grade Basic Sewing Patterns

This course gave me a better understanding of how to grade patterns. Although the course is not meant for alterations, it certainly shows how the concepts relate and how I might be able to upsize Japanese or vintage patterns.

Thread Den


Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. We have now added pre-printed scaled down blocks for use in class.


25 July 2018 • How to Grade Basic Sewing Patterns

Great overview of grading patterns. Learnt a lot! Thank you.

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