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From: hersilentscream
Date: 05-13-2005, 09:11 AM (1 of 6)
My friend always laughs at me for this. But I am horrible when it comes to using patterns. I never learned how to adjust something to make it fit. But what I do is............if I see something that I really like, like a dress for instance. I will buy it and take it apart and use that as my pattern. It takes a little while to do, but I always get the right fit. lol, please tell me I'm not the only one that does this!
User: hersilentscream
Member since: 05-13-2005
Total posts: 10
From: Sparky
Date: 05-13-2005, 10:07 AM (2 of 6)
I have never done this, but the only thing that has stopped me is that I'm too cheap to pay for a garment just to take it apart. There've been times when I was sooooooooooo tempted.

I have saved items that I loved that just wore out, planning to take them apart to use as patterns, but I never did that either. I never really sewed all that much but now that my son moved out, I took over his room, and I have a PLACE to sew, I'm getting more into it.
User: Sparky
Member since: 03-13-2005
Total posts: 94
From: MaryW
Date: 05-13-2005, 10:13 AM (3 of 6)
Heavens no. I do this a lot. Currently I am sewing clothes for my daughter. I trace off lots of stuff.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: hersilentscream
Date: 05-13-2005, 03:02 PM (4 of 6)
yay! Glad i'm not the only one. lol.........Sparky....i usually go to consignment shops and yard sales for things to take apart. I did however take apart a dress that I had when I was a baby to remake for my twins. I loved it so much, and the dresses came out perfect!
User: hersilentscream
Member since: 05-13-2005
Total posts: 10
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-13-2005, 05:40 PM (5 of 6)
I have made patterns several times from RTW . But I do not rip seams, I just fold and flatten very carefully to trace the pattern pieces, then add seam allowances.. Works for me..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: mommydionne
Date: 05-13-2005, 08:21 PM (6 of 6)
I made a bunch of my maternity stuff this way!
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
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