How-To: Simple Pattern Grading for Tops


We’ve all encountered patterns that would be perfect, if only they were just a little bit bigger or a teeny bit smaller. Well, this simplified pattern grading tutorial from Megan at Megan Nielsen Design Diary will show you a fast method for sizing a top pattern up or down to meet your needs. The instructions aren’t exactly by the book, but if you’re a beginner— or just in a hurry—Megan’s post will give you the tools you’ll need to alter the size of a simple shirt or dress bodice.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

View more articles by Haley Pierson-Cox
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).