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Tip 258: Clone RTW FavoritesBy DianeSev on 9/19/11 12:06 PM

If you want to quickly copy a simple garment, it's easy to do using a needlepoint tracing wheel. (The type with longer, very sharp points that will pierce fabric.) This is a quick method that will give you a "close enough" pattern for things like nightgowns, T-shirts, PJ pants, etc., and can be very handy as a starting point for making a garment without a commerical pattern, or for copying details to add to another pattern:

  • Lay a piece of paper on top of a surface such as a cardboard cutting mat.
  • Place your garment to be copied on top, and run the tracing wheel around the edges of one piece, through the seams, etc. The points will go through into the paper, marking the seam lines.
  • Write the size and a description on the tracing so you'll know what it is in the future.

Submitted by Liana

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I bought the book and i luv it. It great for beginers and experts.
PattiinATL said... (9/25/11 8:11 AM) Reply
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