How to use your existing wardrobe to create free sewing patterns
When I'm not in scrubs I live in t-shirts, tank tops, and jeans. Naturally, I have several tank tops and shirts that fit me perfectly. Do you know just how easy it is to copy the lines of the top to make free sewing patterns? In just a few simple steps, you’ll have a pattern sloper with that perfect fit!
Fold the garment in half with the front side of the garment facing outward. Mark the CF (center front) hem and neckline with a pin.
Prepare pattern paper and trace the “L” square.
Line CF fold on “L” Square line and pin garment to pattern paper.
Trace the hem, side seam, armhole curve, strap width, and neck hole.
Tip: The back of the top will undoubtedly cover the shape of the neckline. Use your finger to hold incremental points on the neckline and mark a dash with your pencil. Don’t forget to mark CF.
Remove pins and garment. True all lines with your pattern-making rulers. Note specific measurements, such as side seam length and strap widths.
Tip: The neck and armbands are just rectangular-shaped pieces of fabric. It’s smart to obtain the measurements from the pattern and calculate the lengths before you start to sew the pattern.
Once you’ve completed the front, repeat the same steps and trace the lines for the back of the garment. When you true the back of the garment, make sure key measurements, like the side seam and strap widths match the front. At this point, you can cut the pattern out and compare it to the front to make sure everything lines up. Personally, I like to use my traces as slopers. This means that the pattern has no seam allowances and is used to create a variety of new patterns with the same fit. From a sloper, you can add style lines, design elements, and more!
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