In a series of 10 brief lessons Kenneth King demonstrates how to create a pattern from a ready to wear jacket.
I selected a favorite, but simple pencil skirt to recreate. My goal was to duplicate the great fit and shape of my Kate Spade skirt which I had been unable to find in my sewing patterns.
Both seamlines and grainlines were marked with thread on the garment and traced to silk organza. With the help of carbon paper, the markings on the organza were transferred to paper.
Kenneth very carefully and thoroughly explains the process. It is all very easy to understand but you must be vigilant about establishing the lengthwise grain and transferring it through each step of the process.
When I finally traced the front skirt section on to paper, I was shocked and stunned to see its shape - very different than the straight skirt patterns I had been sewing! I realized that I would have never achieved this precision by laying the skirt flat and tracing around it.
The end result was an exact duplicate of my favorite Kate Spade Judy skirt. I'm sold on the class and give it my highest recommendation for anyone who seeks to clone a garment.
My blog shows images of both the Kate Spade and the " K a t i e " Spade.