Have you ever wanted to copy a RTW garment and make a pattern out of it? I see clothes all the time at the mall or online shopping and think how easily I could make it myself. Actually, it’s a lot easier to copy a garment than you think.
The blush colored blouse pictured below is one I copied from a garment I bought at a local store. The original is made from a super soft linen.
Bonus: there are no darts, zippers or other details on this blouse, it’s super easy to copy. Here’s some pointers when copying a garment.
- Take care in picking a fabric to use for your copy. You’ll want to pick a fabric similar to the original if you are looking for a similar drape.
- For a first time go, pick a RTW garment that doesn’t have a lot of details to copy over.
- Plan on making at least two garments, you’ll fine tune each one. On mine I made two, but moving forward I’ll make a few tiny adjustments for a perfect little top.
- Copying a knit garment is even easier than a woven.
A handmade closet.
Have you ever copied a garment? It’s a great way to learn about garment construction plus, it’s fun. I highly recommend it as a way to improve and challenge yourself. Let me know what successes or problems you’ve had below.