How to Copy a Garment that Fits Perfectly Without Taking it Apart

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A friend asked me if I had tried this method to copy a garment. At first I was pretty skeptical because I have copied garments by taking them apart and by scratching off a pattern from clothing that I did not take apart. Either way there are several steps and accuracy is easier if you have the pieces to lay flat. I was not excited about using tape on a garment I planned to wear again, but 3M's blue painter's tape is made to be less tacky so there is no residue. As it turns out this is probably the easiest way to copy a garment and the bonus is that you can mark your exact seam lines to insure a proper fit. Here is how.

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Step 1: You will need these items

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A clean, fresh pressed garment that fits perfectly.

3M blue painter's tape, I used two sizes the slightly less than an inch wide size and the two inch wide size, you could use wider too, just depends on how much space you need to cover, you don't have to have two sizes, but I will explain in the instructions why it is useful.

Tissue paper, tracing paper or other paper to place on the sticky side of the pattern once completed.

WideEyes7 months ago

For some things I'm sure this would be brilliant. As a seamstress, however, the idea of doing this to make my slopers just makes my needled heaet go nope. Yes slopers are created similar to this, but you couldn't do this with ever y type of material, garment, etc. Interesting idea though.

craftclarity7 months ago

This is really nicely done. Thanks for sharing this technique!!!

Mama Reni (author)  craftclarity7 months ago

Thanks, I did a test sew this week and it works with minimal adjustments. I did have to adjust the shoulder and sleeve cap. I will post about it later.

sunshiine7 months ago

This is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous spring!


Dan Ger8 months ago
What about seam allowance? I suppose just add a half inch boarder when tracing onto the paper?
Mama Reni (author)  Dan Ger8 months ago

In the picture with all the pieces, 1st picture in this post, you can see the little bit of tissue paper on each side. This is the seam allowance, it is about 5/8" inch, if you only want half an inch that is the distance you would mark before you cut the extra tissue paper away. Where the tape ends is the seam line.