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Date: 10/17/10 7:48 PM

Hi

A couple of years ago I bought the most perfect fitting Denim Stetch Jeans for my body . They fit so well I went back and bought 3 more pairs

Well they are so worn out it isn't funny anymore. I was never able to find them again and believe me I searched just about every store and even searched online with no luck.

So I want to copy these denim jeans.

Would the best way be to take them apart ?

Thanks so much

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Date: 10/17/10 8:23 PM

I would recommend NOT taking them apart. I took the "clone your favorite garment" class here on PR with Kenneth King, and he shows how to copy something without taking it apart. He has a book that teaches the same method that was taught in the class (in fact, the class lessons were drawn from the book). There are several good reasons for not taking the garment apart: doing so can distort the seams/garment pieces, you won't have the original pants to refer to, etc.

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Date: 10/17/10 9:18 PM

Quote: chicaem29
I would recommend NOT taking them apart. I took the "clone your favorite garment" class here on PR with Kenneth King, and he shows how to copy something without taking it apart. He has a book that teaches the same method that was taught in the class (in fact, the class lessons were drawn from the book). There are several good reasons for not taking the garment apart: doing so can distort the seams/garment pieces, you won't have the original pants to refer to, etc.

Hi

Yes I heard of KK and will be ordering his book.I also watched his video on youtube and the pants he cloned weren't denim stretch jeans . They were entirely different than denim jeans. They were more like mens chinos.

I have the book in my Amazon cart but not sure just yet..Does he tackle denim jeans in the book ?

But..is the best method to take them apart as oppose to copying them ? ..I do have 4 pairs ..lol
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Date: 10/17/10 9:46 PM

It doesn't matter what kind of garment you're cloning. KKs method will work. I used it on an empire seamed blouse with gathers under the bust and it turned out perfectly. The most important thing about making a clone is being able to find the grainline. In pants that's easy. You just fold the pant leg in half from hem to knee and whatever happens above that becomes the grainline. If you just fold your leg in half from the hem to the knee and put it on the ironing board and press in a good crease, you can thread trace the grainline and then you can clone them. All the rest of the grainlines for your jeans will be parallel to this line including the pocket bag and yoke. Good luck.

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Date: 10/17/10 10:04 PM

If you think it will be easier to copy by taking them apart, I suggest just freeing one leg.

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Date: 10/17/10 10:35 PM

Thanks to everyone for the replies .

I will order the book .

Being I have 4 pairs I will try cloning using both versions..one by KK and one where I just open one leg .

Thanks again

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Date: 10/18/10 7:50 AM

God luck and keep us posted as to how its going!

Nora :)

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Date: 10/18/10 8:08 AM

You can just cut them apart at the seams and add seam allowance when you cut them out.

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Date: 10/18/10 12:30 PM

Hmmmm I forgot which book it is that KK has outthat will assist me in cloning. He has 3 books listed on Amazon and I don't know which one to order.

1-Designer Techniques: Couture Tips for Home Sewing

2-Cool Couture: Construction Secrets for Runway Style

Thanks

PS: I also will be ordering "Patterns from Finished Clothes" by Tracy Doyle ' which was also suggested by members here.
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Date: 10/20/10 12:51 PM

you can clone using painter's tape. tape the outlines, then fill in. Lift the taped part and put it down on freezer paper. add seam allowances. also, you can mark the pockets and so on, with sharpies, while the tape is on the fabric. Rocketboy did that to a pair of American Eagle jeans, to make a pair for his friend.

the technique is detailed out in a Threads article.

ari

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