Picture of How to Copy a Favorite Pair of Jeans
When I copy something it is either because the original is no longer available for purchase or the fit is so perfect I have to have it.
There are several ways to copy clothing.

1.  Draft a pattern. This requires a skill set that is usually learned in a class or as an apprentice to a tailor. There are some good blogs on this topic and I am only just beginning to branch into this method.

2.  Trace an exact copy of the garment. This can be done in a way that preserves the original garment by tracing it on paper, transferring all of the design element markings, darts, seam allowances, trims, pockets, button placement, zippers. This requires intermediate to advanced knowledge of garment construction and accuracy with tracing and transferring marks.  I might write a how to on this sometime, but not today.

3.  Deconstruct the original garment to get exact pieces for a pattern. This is what I am going to show you today.

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Step 1: Tools and What you need to get started

Picture of Tools and What you need to get started
Tools you need

1.  Blue jeans you are willing to take apart. When I decide to deconstruct a garment it is something I do not plan to put back together.
2.  A seam ripper.
3.  Place to store the pieces as you remove them. A one gallon zip close plastic bag will keep pieces together.
4.  Time. Don't try to hurry this process. You are studying the garment as you take it apart.

Lots of great tips! I've been wanting to do this for a long time. I need to build up the courage to rip a pair apart. :D
Mama Reni (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Pick a pair that you have just loved to wear so much you have worn them out. If you can't wear them any way, because you have worn them out, then you will not lose anything by taking them apart, and the new pair will feel like the original.