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Copying RTW clothing
How to make patterns from them without taking apart?
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Date: 8/21/11 1:55 PM

I have a couple of favorite knit tops and a woven silky nitegown I would like to copy without taking them apart. They just seem to have the right curving at the waist, neckline sizing, and simple sleeves I don't have in my pattern stash.

Any easy tips other than laying them out flat as possible, pinning, tracing + adding SA's?

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Date: 8/21/11 3:57 PM

That's about it, but of primary importance is finding the correct grainlines. That nighty is probably bias...

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Date: 8/21/11 5:00 PM

Here is a thread about copying RTW. It started out talking about copying RTW pants, but has hints/tips for copying any RTW items. HTH.

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Date: 8/21/11 6:12 PM

Sewing with Nancy Copy Cat Patterns video Part I

From the Show Description:

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Program: Sewing with Nancy
Episode: Copy Cat Patterns Part 1

Nancy demonstrates how to create a pattern from a ready-made garment with a reverse sewing process, using a front-opening jacket to illustrate. After discussing basic tools, she reveals the tricks of tracing. She shows how to transfer grainline, seams, seam and hem allowances, side panels, collars, buttonholes, and sleeves, as well as how to replicate a garment section with a center fold.

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There is a Part II video also.

ETA: You are very welcome. :)
-- Edited on 8/23/11 11:06 AM --

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Date: 11/2/13 6:11 PM

Renewing this Thread--

Nancy video is out of date.
I was recently trying to copy a flutter-front sweater with the various
angles, tails, curves, front bindings. The armholes were hard to get flat. Also can never get a good-fitting empire-waist style to come out with bodice and elastic fitting the same as RTW--always need to add some to bodice for torso length.
Any new Tips?

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Date: 11/2/13 11:48 PM

Here's a few on YouTube.

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Date: 11/3/13 1:46 PM

I was excited to read Sham's blog entry yesterday with a description and link to some new measuring tools that would be very handy for copying clothing.

Communing with Fabric blog with links to etsy shop for shape rulers

I lose patience and give up on the various tracing methods I've tried because it is so difficult to keep the garment flat. I think these would be great for careful measuring of the RTW item, then translating to pattern-making paper of choice.

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