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From: sewnfrenzy
Date: 03-01-2004, 10:00 PM (1 of 5)
I stumbled aross a pair of slacks today, and they fit perfectly! I'd love to have several pair more in different colors. But I know I can't duplicate them, but I would pay to have a pattern made from them.

So does anyone know of a company that makes patterns from RTW clothing?
So much Fabric, so little time.
User: sewnfrenzy
Member since: 11-06-2001
Total posts: 39
From: habanerohutch
Date: 03-02-2004, 04:23 PM (2 of 5)
I have never heard of any company that does this, but making your own pattern from RTW is very easy. I do it often for my mother. (For myself, I never find RTW that fits so I have no starting point.) There have been articles in Threads magazine about how to do it and probably in Sew News, too.

I own two books on the techniques. One is "Patterns from Finished Clothes" and the other is "Making Patterns from Finished Clothes". Different authors, one book is great the other is worthless. But since my library has not yet been moved to Texas, I can't tell you which is which. I always have to take them off the shelf and look to remind myself which is which. You might find one or the other at your public library.
Chile Pepper from Texas
User: habanerohutch
Member since: 07-01-2000
Total posts: 49
From: weB2cats
Date: 04-05-2004, 01:43 PM (3 of 5)
The way I've done this is simply with a pencil and card stock sheets from the craft store. If you are making a long piece, such as for a dress, you'll need to place the two pieces together and tape both sides.

Undo the RTW pieces-yep, ya gotta use a seam ripper and be careful and patient as you un-sew the pieces. Gently press them flat afterwards so as to not distort their shapes.

Trace the pieces. You'll see the sewing line and this is the line to follow on your "sloper". Then, add your 5/8" seams. You should have a reasonable duplicate of the original garment now. I punch a hole in the top of each piece to hang on a nail in my sewing closet for easy access.
User: weB2cats
Member since: 11-07-2002
Total posts: 232
From: Mom4Boys
Date: 04-21-2004, 07:59 AM (4 of 5)

You don't have to take your RTW slacks apart. If you follow the directions in the book calledPatterns from Finished Clothes by Tracy Doyle, she shows you how to use a needle point tracing wheel to copy your RTW clothing on paper into a pattern. You can get a copy of this book from the Clotilde cataloge, or possibly at your public library. The technique is fairly straightforward. Good luck!:angel:
User: Mom4Boys
Member since: 02-17-2004
Total posts: 1
From: Mrs Rabbit
Date: 07-13-2004, 10:22 AM (5 of 5)
I have just got 'Patterns from Finished Clothes' by Tracy Doyle, from our library ... I am wanting to recreate a pair of trousers. Will have to wait until after school holidays though! Also, have been asked if I would re-create a skirt for a lady, so figured I'd best study up on the 'right' way to do it!

Good luck ... don't forget to make up your first pair in calico so that you can adjust and 'tweek' without wasting your good fabric.

User: Mrs Rabbit
Member since: 07-12-2004
Total posts: 10
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