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Duplicate Your Favorite Jeans

Threads #180, Aug./Sept. 2015
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Great-fitting jeans are a treasure. They’re comfortable and flattering. If you find them in ready-to-wear, you’re likely to discover that the style has been discontinued a season later—just when you’ve come to rely on them as a wardrobe staple. There’s no need to fret, because you can copy them easily. Instead of trying to engineer a commercial pattern into the style you like, you can make a pattern directly from the garment, and there’s no need to take the pants apart.

The rub-off technique shown is simple to understand and requires few supplies and no previous patternmaking experience. It involves tracing a pattern directly from an existing pair of pants. Your first attempts will take a little longer, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you master the process. Your pattern won’t have sewing instructions, of course, so you may want to refer to…

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