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Date: 11/7/12 0:53 AM

Hi there,

I have a shirt from my brother-in-law that I would like to make a pattern from, since it fits him really pretty well. I can't take the shirt apart to make a pattern from it - so this is above my skill level. Is there somewhere I could go to have a pattern drafted? Is there a way I could find someone in my area to commission to have this done? I'm in Los Angeles, so I have to imagine there is someone nearby! :-). Its just a simple Old Navy shirt - so nothing too complex.

Thank you - your thoughts are much appreciated!
Liz

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Date: 11/7/12 2:04 AM

There are several books out there about how to do a 'rub-off' of a garment to make a new pattern without taking it apart, as well as a Craftsy class, I think.

I would check with your local tailors and alterationists to see if any of them do whole new garments, if that's the direction you want to go.

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Date: 11/7/12 9:16 AM

Kenneth King teaches a Clone Clothes class both here and on Craftsy. Go for it

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Date: 11/7/12 3:17 PM

I took a class on that a couple years ago. It's not hard...you would be surprised.

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Date: 11/8/12 4:54 AM

Nancy Z also has DVD and web videos on her TV series. One was on cloning.
Craftsy.com had a 1/2 price special on making a tailored shirt. I signed up- excellent watching all the details of every step.
You might want to get a men's shirt pattern so you are familiar with all the pieces. Then you can overlay your brothers shirt on the sections to determine which size to cut out.
Or you can pin down sections of the shirt to your ironing board and trace over them and then add your seam allowance.
Or you can put Press N Seal over the shirt pieces and trace them- transfer to pattern paper and add seam allowance.
Lots of ideas out there to choose from.

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Date: 11/8/12 8:23 AM

My Friend, David Coffin (aka DPC) made an amazing video several years ago, showing step-by-step how to make a pattern from an existing shirt.
Here's the link-- DPC's Amazing "Making a Pattern from a Favorite Shirt"

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Date: 11/8/12 9:27 AM

I love that video.

Others have used Glad Press and Seal to trace off patterns.

Either way, you will still need to "walk" the seams together and make sure they will match up. Clothes can get stretched out over elbows, Old Navy stuff isn't exactly known for always being cut on grain (ie, clothes can distort with repeated washing), etc.

I've traced a couple of t shirts and found that it's pretty easy to do a duplicate. I have not tried it with anything that has cuffs, gathers, darts, etc.

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Date: 11/8/12 8:27 PM

Thanks for sharing this video-he makes it look easy! It would be totally worth the time involved to "clone" a favorite piece of clothing!

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Date: 11/12/12 4:12 PM

I've often traced off garments using a foam core board then a pattern paper usually brown kraft bc it takes the holes well then pinned the garment onto the board smoothing out only half if idential. Use t pins to secure the corners then trace using a needle point tracing wheels.

All these supplies are easily available in LA.

I was first taught this method with a T shirt so maybe try that first. It really is easypeasy.

EDIT: I see my method is pretty much the same as David's it's pretty easy and less materials required than doing a ruboff or using silk organza like KKing suggests.
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Date: 11/17/12 9:55 AM

I have often used DPC's method since I watched his video, very easy and doable. Good luck with your shirt.

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