Create a Pattern from an Existing Garment

 

My daughter has a night gown she adores, but she has almost wore the thing out.  So I decided to take said nightgown and create a pattern.  I learned this technique not too long ago at Sewing Summit and I was excited to try it.

How to create a pattern from an existing garment

Supply List:

Favorite nightgown (or garment of any kind)

White tissue paper

Straight pins (with the ball on top)

crayon/pencil

scissors

 

Creating a pattern Seamline

1. To create the body I pushed pins through the the arm seams into the carpet.

 

 Creating a pattern Tissue Paper Creating a pattern Rubbing Off

2.  Place a piece of tissue paper on the body.  I taped 2 pieces together in order to cover the whole body.

3.  Then take your crayon or pencil across the little balls on the pins.

 

Creating a pattern Cutting

4.  Cut out the lines you just created.  And you have a full body pattern w/o seam allowance.  Because both sides are never identical, I folded it in half and cut up the fold.  That way I am only working with half the pattern and the cut edge can then be placed on the fold of the fabric when the pattern is finished.

 

Creating a pattern Tape Pens

5.  So now you are going to create the seam allowance on your pattern by taping a marker and pen together.  Actually tape any two pens together as long as the tips are 1/4” apart.  Lay your “half” body pattern on another piece of tissue paper.

Creating a pattern Seam allowance Creating a Pattern Cut seam allowance

6.  Trace around the body with one pen and the other will automatically create your seam allowance.  You basically just created a whole new body.  Cut out the newly traced pattern. 

7. Repeat the exact same process to create the sleeves.

Christmas Nightgown tutorial 1

 

I used this pattern to create this adorable Flannel Christmas Nightgown

You can see the tutorial on Riley Blake Designs.

Riley Blake Flannel Nightgown Tutorial u-createcrafts.com

 

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I love the fact that you taped two pens together to get the seam allowance too - that really saves time!! Will be using that tip.

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  2. Looks like such an efficient method! Thanks, Becky!

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  3. Anonymous09:40

    This is great. I love the trick with the 2 pens. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Awesome Becky!!! Love the nightgown....

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  5. This is great!! TFS!! Going to try this for my husband and myself.

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  6. Anonymous06:09

    I've been doing this for years. Beats paying the high price of patterns!

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  7. I love the nightgown. Taping together two pencils is so clever.

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  8. Brilliant! I am so going to use this!!!

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  9. I've tried to do this before but I am such a perfectionist that I tend to over think it. Perhaps I'll try again :)

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