|This class shows you how to copy ready-to-wear garments without taking them apart. What a trick! It was a three-hour class offered at the G Street Fabrics in Falls Church, VA, and I couldn't resist.
Turns out this is easier than I thought it would be. Instructor Tracy Doyle took a basic button-down shirt with a yoke and showed us how to trace off every part of the shirt: back, front, collar, collar stand, sleeves and front plackets. She also went over how to make a pattern for a garment that has gathers, tucks and ease. In the course of the class, she showed how to trace off patterns for skirts and pants as well as the blouse.
Doyle also reviewed the tools she feels are necessary for success in copying ready-to-wear, talked about the correct order you should follow when copying garment sections and discussed how you should organize and store your patterns and what notes you should make on the pattern when you are tracing off of ready-to-wear. She also reviewed how to make changes to a basic garment you love.
I have not had a chance to put this new knowledge to the test, but I will soon. Some of us brought items of clothing to class that we wanted to copy, and during the break, she discussed them with us and tried to talk us through any difficult areas.
Tracy Doyle is a great instructor. She knows her subject matter forward and backward and makes it seem easy. The class time just flew by. If you live in the Northern Virginia area, keep an eye out for her classes. (She is a local and I'm not sure if she teaches anywhere else, but you can probably find her classes on the G Street Fabrics class schedule.) The price is reasonable and the time commitment is small to learn a really handy skill.
If you do not live in this area, Tracy Doyle has also written a book on the subject, called "Patterns From Finished Clothes." It is out of print, but I found it on Amazon after I took the class. I cannot review this book because I have not read it yet, but the first sections of the book closely resemble what she taught in class.
Overall, this one was a winner!