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How to Make Patterns From Existing Clothing – Intermediate Tops

ppc_simpleTopDuplicationDartTuckButtons_1920x1080_001Sewing can get really fun especially if you start looking at the clothes currently hanging in your closet as a jumping off point.  Why go out and buy patterns when you can make copies of garments that already fit you well and are beloved?  In our tutorial "How to Make Patterns From Existing Clothing - Simple Tops" we showed you how to get started with very simple constructed tops.  (If you haven't watched it, we recommend starting with that tutorial first as it offers a good foundation that is not covered again in this tutorial.)  With this tutorial, we continue looking at tops but we go over more complex elements.  We demonstrate how to work with tops that have zipper or button closures and how to recreate a yoke, dart, and tuck.

Also, don't forget that it's always a good idea to make a muslin to test the patterns and to make sure you're using the same type of fabric as the original.  When looking at the original garment, pay attention to details and jot down notes to yourself so you won't forget anything.  We hope this will help you as you try to recreate some of your favorite garments.

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3 thoughts on “How to Make Patterns From Existing Clothing – Intermediate Tops

  1. ProfessorPincushion

    That is frustrating! Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer that I can think of. If you have any commercial patterns with side busts you can look at those for an example and just experiment till you get something that works for you.

  2. vco82

    Thanks for the tips these are great! However I have a tank top style top that has darts on the bust sides, however the actually dart on the inside had been cut out, how do I know what size to make them?

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