Is your favourite garment wearing out and you don’t have the pattern? Learn professional techniques to trace a pattern from a garment, then refine the fit or add some growing room. This technique is suitable for any type of garment – blouses, jackets, pants and even kids clothes.
This is a non sewing class. We will trace the pattern off an existing sewn garment without unpicking or damaging the garment. The traced pattern pieces will be trued against each other and cutting plan and sewing instruction outline will be discussed. Avoid garments with delicate fabrics (silk, charmeuse, waterproof fabrics) which may easily snag or be damaged by the needlepoint wheel.
* Indicates items can be purchased at Central Sewing Machines!
- Pre-Class Preparation: Garment to be copied should be laundered and lightly pressed. This will remove any bagginess which occurs from wearing. Lightly press the garment without distorting the grain of the fabric.
- *Professional needlepoint tracing wheel. (only available from Central Sewing) (N.B. This is not the regular kind of tracing wheel)
- ## Cork bulletin board or alternative large enough for garment. (See note ## below)
- ## Garment to be copied. (See note ## below)
- *Chaco Liner or other chalk pencil
- * [opt.] Fabric marking pen (wash away or air erase)
- *Hand sewing needle
- *Contrast thread (for baste marking)
- *Pattern tracing paper
- *Glass head pins
- *Pin cushion
- Push pins (as used on a bulletin board) if your garment has elastic
- Pen, Mechanical pencil, coloured pencils, eraser
- Scotch Tape
- * 6" x 24" ruler or other ruler
- * [opt.] Yardstick
- * [opt.] Fashion / French curve
- *Paper scissors
- *Tape measure
- * [opt.] Seam gauge
- ## Cork Board. Instructor uses sheet of cork approximately 90cm by 1.2m (3’ by 4’) glued onto ¼” thick plywood of the same size. An alternative and cheaper option is a large cork bulletin board (eg: from Staples); Foam insulation board; or polystyrene board. Less desirable options are a ½” blue foam camping mat; or yoga mat. It should be a smooth, non rippled, firm, yet pin-able surface, large enough for each garment panel to be laid out on.
- ## Garment to be copied. Choose a fairly simple style to learn the technique on, where the fabric is not too heavily patterned and the fabric grain is easily visible. Good examples would be: blouse with simple bust dart; man’s shirt; flared skirt; unlined jacket; pants. Garments with one or two darts or pleats (eg: pants waist) and short gathered sections (eg: sleeve head, shirt yoke) is okay. Avoid garments with delicate fabrics (silk, charmeuse, waterproof fabrics) which may easily snag or be damaged by needles. Avoid styles with multiple darts, complicated fashion details, lots of pleats or gathers. You may bring this type of garment to class for discussion though.