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Date: 3/25/13 6:55 AM

ever have a pattern you keep going back to? i do and sad to say the pattern is one i made from a RTW shirt not the big 4 pattern companies. my problem with most patterns is that once i have made all my alterations there isn't much left of the pattern! i am tall, broad shouldered, long arms, legs. square shoulders and the middle age spread has started. whew! so when i find something that 'FITS' i go for it! i also have a RTW ITY dress bought for $9 last summer...made a pattern from that too!

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Date: 3/25/13 11:58 AM

Could you please share with us the technique of how you made a pattern from your RTW? Seems to me to be a little easier than trying to make multiple alterations to a pattern. Thanks

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Date: 3/25/13 1:49 PM

After seeing this t-shirt on Supereggplant, I bought the pattern. Like Mariko, I bought the bodysuit version, I just don't use the panty pieces. And since she'd mentioned in another post that it runs small, I cut a large (I typically cut a 14 or a medium in US sizes, 40 in Burda). I've now made it 5 times as a basic, with a sequined front overlay and to create the "Breton Rose" top from Cloth Summer 2011. Love.

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Date: 3/26/13 8:10 AM

to make a pattern from RTW you must first make sure that the pattern of the RTW is not too 'much'. not too much in terms of the number of pattern pieces. sometimes when i have made a pattern i have to look at the RTW and try to figure out what the next step is so the few pieces the better. i just lay the RTW over tracing paper or newspp and stick pins down along the seam lines of each piece of the pattern. if there are darts i mark them and make the corresponding adjustments to the seam lines. have had good success!

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Date: 3/26/13 8:13 AM

the first time i had everdone this was in college. i belonged to a fencing team and being the only girl they didn't have a fencing jacket for me. i took apart a t-shirt that fitted well without being stretched and used that for the jacket. turned out great!

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Date: 3/26/13 12:02 PM

Thanks for your prompt response.In my country, the professional tailors can make a beautifully finished garment from an RTW which would fit better than one made by a non professional using meticulous pattern alteration methods!

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Date: 3/26/13 9:35 PM

What country are you from? I'd love to hear more!

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