Saturday, November 14, 2009

Grading down a pattern--the Beyonce coat




angie a. on quality time recently blogged about this gorgeous coat that Beyonce wore in a video.

angie a.--I dropped you a comment about it on your latest post.
I think I have found a pattern that could at least be a starting point for making it. The pattern is BWOF 5-2007-134. Ignore the skirt unless you like it. I wasn't even looking for a pattern for it, but I came across it when I was looking for something else. Now, the flouncy ruffled petticoat would have to be added. Any ideas how?
My main problem is that I need a size 38 and the smallest size in this coat is a size 44. Is it possible to grade down that many sizes, and if so, how? .....HELP


8 comments:

Geri said...

Hi,

If you are interested this coat is designed by Jillian Lewis from Project Runway Season 4. She made some great coats on the show I always wanted to copy...
For grading burda patterns: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/enlarge-a-basic-burdastyle-pattern
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/make-a-pattern-larger-or-smaller

best

geri

Londyn said...

Oh my goodness gracious.... that coat is AMAZING!!!! I wish I knew how to sew (or enjoyed it...) because I would make this in a heartbeat. Just lovely.

selfishseamstress said...

I routinely grade Burda WoF patterns down to get them to fit (in fact, I authored one of the how-to's that Geri mentioned). I don't recommend grading down more than 3 sizes because after that proportions can get kind of wonky. But going from 44 to 38 is three sizes, so it should be easy, if a little time consuming. I want that coat too, btw!

selfishseamstress said...

Hi Rachel! In response to your question, I wouldn't make a SBA unless you normally make one when you sew. As far as I know, plus sizes don't assume a larger cup size than regular sizes. (I've never graded from the plus range to the regular range, but this is my understanding.) But you'll certainly need to make a muslin (sorry!) and if you're grading down 3 sizes, there is a not-small possibility that you'll have to make some adjustments to the muslin once you're done with the grading. Good luck and thanks for your smart comment on my blog!

Julia said...

That coat is great. I hope you are able to make it like you want.

Andrea said...

I think I saw a picture of this coat about a month ago and I loved it from the start. I only starting purchasing BWOF last 2008.

Krystal (aka Pirouette) said...

What a gorgoeous coat! If you get enough fabric, you can just make a self-ruffle with a couple of crescent-shaped pattern pieces. Looking at the coat on Beyonce, it looks like it's attached to the bottom facing. Good luck with this!

angie.a said...

Awesome find on the coat! I forgot to email you I think? :D Thanks for letting me know about it!! I think the Krystal is right, and it is a crescent shaped "flounce". I have a pattern piece that would work from a skirt...it just may have to be lengthened. I would measure the coat "hem" at the point you want to attach the flounce, and then the inner circle of the crescent should be close to that. I don't know if it should exactly "match" since it is on the bias? I'd have to measure the skirt hem to see if its exactly the same size! Can't wait to see it if you make it!