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How to Create Patterns from Existing Clothing – Jeans – Part 1

Jeans Duplication Part 1I know it's true for me so it's probably true for you as well.  There are those perfect pair of jeans that fit you so well, it was like it was made especially for you.  Finding these jeans are usually pretty rare so you hang on to them for as long as you can.  If only there was a way you could duplicate the perfect jeans and then it won't be so devastating when it's time to let them go.  Well, I'm here to tell you that there is a way and it's all about making a pattern based on those jeans.  Better yet, we don't have to sacrifice the existing pair of jeans, because you can make a pattern without removing a stitch.

In this demonstration, I show you how to tackle breaking down a common pair of jeans and create your own pattern pieces.  Your own jeans may look slightly different than mine, but it should give you the general idea so you can have confidence doing it on your own.  This process is a bit more complex than our simple tops and intermediate tops breakdown so, if you've never done it before, I recommend starting there first.  Because of the complexity, we've broken down this tutorial into three parts and this is part 1.  In this part, we go over prepping, breaking down the front leg, and drafting our fly pattern pieces.

Please be aware, that everyone's jeans are a little different and making your own patterns can be a little tricky.  You need patience, common sense, and, as with anything, some practice.  I always recommend making a muslin to test your patterns and it's fairly common that you may need to tweak it a little before you're ready to finalize it.  While I always try to do my best to help you if you have issues, please realize that sometimes it is difficult for me to tell where you went wrong.  This can be especially true in cases where situations and jeans can be unique.  But trust me when I tell you that if you're able to tackle this, you'll be filled with unbelievable pride and a never ending supply of your favorite pair of jeans.

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3 thoughts on “How to Create Patterns from Existing Clothing – Jeans – Part 1

  1. Zonne

    Brilliant! Super clear explanation so far….. this is just what I need to find out about 🙂

    I can’t get commercial patterns to fit my size (e.g. Butterwick my chest is a “14”, my waist is a “16”, my hips are a “12”… so copying favourite trousers commercially bought from stores will be heaven sent!

    Thank you!

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