Some time ago I wrote a blog on Resizing your doll clothes patterns using a photo copier. Since then, I have had a number of people concerned that they don’t have access to a photo copier so I thought I should do an update on that blog.
You don’t need a photo copier anymore, you can use your printer and adjust your printer properties i.e. enlarge or shrink your pattern by a specified percentage. This works fantastically with a PDF pattern saved to your computer.
You will need a version of Adobe Reader 10 or later. If you have Adobe 9 or earlier, you can only adjust the pattern by a preset scale of options so I suggest you download the latest version (it’s free) from the Adobe.com website.
As my husband has been home on holidays, I thought I would take advantage of his computer skills and convinced him that a video showing how to use this resizing function would be much better and easier for people to understand than me typing out a long list of complicated instructions. After all, we all know that it’s much easier to understand something when we are shown. So Brad has put together the following video which shows how to use Adobe Reader version 10 and Version 11. Obviously there are updates all the time so if your version of Adobe is different to what we show in the video and you are unable to work out how to use it, please check the Adobe website for instructions.
Don’t forget to scroll down after the video has finished as I show you the results of printing at 50% original size and also 150%. Take it away Brad…….
In the picture below you can see the 18 inch and American Girl Crop Top Front pattern piece on the left is the pattern printed to the original size and on the right is the pattern piece printed at 50%. You can check this has worked correctly by measuring along the bottom edge of the pattern – the smaller pattern should measure 8.5cm which is half the original 17cm.
The following photos show the same crop top pattern printed at 150%. You can see that it has printed on 4 sheets of paper and I specified ½” (12mm) overlap. On the left are the 4 separate sheets and on the right is the pattern when all the sheets have been glued together. Again, you can check the measurement along the bottom and it should now be 25.5cm.
Because there are so many different size dolls out there, I’m sure you will have to resize one of your doll clothes patterns at some stage and I hope this technique helps to make the resizing of your pattern a much easier and less frustrating thing to do.