|I had a blouse that fit like a dream. I wore it to death. I loved it to death. Finally it was rather stained, ragged and ugly. I washed and ironed it and took it apart. I used the pieces to compare my perfect shirt with the patterns that had come up lacking! I overlay each piece of the blouse in fabric to the paper pattern to discover minor variation in pattern, cut and straight of grain. I lost the shirt in a move, but still remember fondly the shirts that fit so well after I destructured the original.
If you have panties, pants, tops or dresses that have bit the dust, use them as the basis for making pattern changes so you can have them live on forever. The item has to be really unwearable for me to feel free to pick it to pieces, though! JanieV