But what happens if one of your measurements takes you out of the size range? Well, that’s what I’m going to show you how to work with today.
When I saw the ballet dress DELPY, I knew I needed it for myself. My bust and waist are at the largest size for the pattern and I could have stuck with a tank but friends, this dress is asking to be part of my summer wardrobe and who am I to say no?
Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to grade out for your hips on the Delpy dress (this tutorial will work best with knit fabrics):
I based how many more inches I needed to add on the finished measurement so that my end result would be similar to how Meghann drafted the pattern to look.
Step One: Do the Math
For the size 10, the finished product has a hip measurement of 50.5" which gives 2.5" in extra space around a 48” hip. My hips measure 58” so I my end goal was a 60.5” measuring hip--simple enough. I needed to add a total of 10” which means 2.5” on the skirt. Now that my math was done, I constructed my paper pattern per the instructions and cut it out. I took some scrap paper that I had and taped it together so that I could extend the pattern.