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From: sewnfrenzy
Date: 03-01-2004, 10:02 PM (1 of 3)
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: stitchmd
Date: 03-01-2004, 10:36 PM (2 of 3)
Why can't you duplicate them? There are at least two books available on copying RTW, basically common sense stuff like laying it flat, pinning it stable and tracing. To get it really perfectly you can disassemble the component pieces and sew it back together.
User: stitchmd
Member since: 02-25-2003
Total posts: 226
From: colojd
Date: 03-02-2004, 11:40 AM (3 of 3)
If you want to try to make your own pattern, keep in mind that a lot of ready to wear have very small seam allowances. If you make your own pattern, you might want to add a more generous seam allowance to what you trace off. Also, try to duplicate the type of fabric used in the RTW pants. Just like in sewing patterns, if your pants are knit for example, you might not have a good duplicate if you use a firmly woven fabric. A lot of the new fabrics now have lycra in them to give a little stretch and help with fit. Check the fiber content label of the pants that you bought and write it down so that you can use it to check for fabrics in the fabric shop that are similar.

User: colojd
Member since: 05-03-2002
Total posts: 83
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