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TO MAKE A PATTERN FROM AN EXISTING GARMENT
I was browsing a discount fabric store when I found some thermal underwear fabric for $.99 a yard. Husband wears thermal shirts and this navy blue thermal fabric is a nice respite from the “white” shirts he wears all winter.

I like to sew. I like to save money. It’s extra irritating making things that could be purchased cheaper post fabrication. Another easy, useful economical project!

TO MAKE A PATTERN FROM AN EXISTING GARMENT:

Posted by Emily W. from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See Emily W.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lay shirt to be copied on newspaper and pin it down. Carefully draw around each part of the shirt. i.e. the sleeves, the front, the back.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 2
    Step 2

    For the front and back I folded the shirt in half.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 3
    Step 3

    That way I can lay the pattern piece on a fold later.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 4
    Step 4

    Trace the pattern using a marker...

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 5
    Step 5

    label and cut the pieces out.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the ribbing that goes around the neck and at the cuffs I used this formula:

    Neck circumference – 8.5% = Neck ribbing length

    Cuff length – .33%= Cuff length because the cuff is folded over the finished pattern peice should have an hour glass shape. I subtracted one cm from the formula and drew my hour glass from that.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 7
    Step 7

    Lay out your pattern peices on the fabric and pin them down. Cut leaving a 1 cm seam allowance on all peices.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 8
    Step 8

    And now you are ready to sew.

    Sew the front and back together at the shoulders right sides together using an interlock (zigzag) stitch.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 9
    Step 9

    Find the midpoint of the sleeve and the midpoint of the shoulder area...

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 10
    Step 10

    and pin in place.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 11
    Step 11

    Then sew in place using an overedge stitch.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the Cuff in half wrong sides together. Find the mid points of the cuff and the sleeve and pin.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 13
    Step 13

    Then stretch the ribbing to both ends and pin in place. You will need to stretch the ribbing as you sew to avoid puckers.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin the sleeve right sides together. Pin the body right sides together and sew them up starting at the wrist and continuing down the body to the waist.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 15
    Step 15

    Sew the neck ribbing together to make a contenious loop. Fold wrong sides together. Divide the neck of the garment into quarters and the neck ribbing into quarters. Pin the neck ribbing onto the right side of neck stretching the ribbing as you go to align the quarter marks.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 16
    Step 16

    Sew the ribbing on using overedge stitch.

  • How to sew . Pattern Making - Step 17
    Step 17

    Turn the ribbing and top stitch close to the join.

  • Step 18

    Turn the bottom edge under 1-1.5 cm and topstitch unsing a twin needle or zigzag.

    There you have it folks. You just created a garment making your own pattern. If you are wondering why I didn’t do any ironing on this project…It’s a thermal underwear shirt, not a prom dress. he he.

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Emily W.
Emily W. · Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US · 4 projects
Thanks. I uploaded this directly from my blog. I didn't even realize the first picture (finished shirt) wasn't included. LOL here is a picture. http://ameobainthesea.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/img_1201.jpg
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Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics
Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics · Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, US
Was looking for the finished shirt too! I am sure it turned out great. Cool idea. Resourceful too. Thanks for the sharing.
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Emily W.
Emily W. · Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US · 4 projects
Thanks! Please post your finished shirt for me to see!
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Betty K.
Betty K. · New York, New York, US · 17 projects
This is fantastic!
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