How to Copy a Pleated Skirt
A professional method to capture every layer accurately
There are times when you really love a garment, and want it in another color or fabric. Or, the garment has worn out but you’re not ready to part with it. Instead of throwing it away or cutting it apart for a pattern, you can make a copy of it.
I discourage cutting a garment apart to get a pattern. First, when the garment is intact, you can still wear it. More importantly, you can measure the finished seam lengths, hem allowances, and observe any construction details. Taking a garment apart stretches and distorts the pieces, resulting in a pattern that is less accurate.
A method used in the industry to copy garments is called making a rub-off. I’ve devised a variation on the industry technique, in which I use silk organza as a transparent medium for tracing seamlines and other details directly from a garment. Then I transfer…
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