My Fulwood pattern is an endlessly versatile sewing pattern, suitable for beginners through to more experienced makers. It’s without doubt my most popular pattern.
Here are just a few versions, some made by me and some by lovely customers:
The Fulwood is a loose fitting pull-on style with no shaping in at the waist that easily fits a wide range of sizes (from 80cm/31.5″ to 101cm/40″ bust and a few sizes either side), but if you need to tweak the size up a bit to get a better fit, here’s a quick, easy solution that I use in classes.
Make a note of how much you need to increase the pattern by, for this example we’ll use 10cm.
1 – Drop a straight line from the centre of the shoulder to the hem on the Front and Back bodice pattern pieces (make sure the line is parallel to the marked Centre Front / Centre Back of the pattern pieces). Cut along this line to separate each pattern piece into 2 parts.
2 – Place the 2 parts of each pattern piece onto a new sheet of paper, keep the waistline at the lower edge of the pieces level. The distance that the 2 parts are separated should equal one quarter of the amount that you want to increase the pattern by. In our example of increasing by 10cm, the amount inserted here would be 2.5cm (10cm / 4 = 2.5cm).
3 – Redraw the overarm and waistline – see red dashed lines above.
4 – In some instances you might also want to increase the length of the bodice pieces and lower the waistline. To check, measure on the pattern (before lengthening) from the neck end of the overarm vertically down to the waistline, then compare this measurement on your own body, measuring over your bust (tip: it’s best to do this in front of a full length mirror!) If you feel the waistline would be sitting too high on you, lower it by the required amount.
5 – As this method also increases the waist size of the dress, you need to increase the size of the front and back skirt pieces by the same amount as you’ve increased the size of the bodice. Do this in the same way, first drop a vertical line from roughly the middle of the waist down to the hem, parallel to the Centre Front and Centre Back of the skirt.
6 – Place the 2 parts of the skirt pattern piece onto a new sheet of paper, keep the waistline at the upper edge of the pieces level. The distance that the 2 parts are separated should be the same as you did for the bodice in step 2.
7 – Redraw the waist and hemlines – see red dashed lines above.