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COPYING ready-made

tzipi | Posted in Talk With Us on

I just want to share with you all my latest accomplishment. I bought at Off Fifth ( Saks outlet store) a skirt that was originally $160 and was amrked down to $40. I got so many complimenets on it that I decided to copy it. It’s a wrap skirt made out of one piece of fabric and just falls beautifully. I made  a new skirt with fabric that cost me $10- a total success.  If anyone wants the pattern , I can try sending it to you.


  1. Tess | | #1

    I love wrap skirts. Can you post a diagram?

    1. tzipi | | #5

      I will post a diagram with dimensions in the next few days. I am a size 10 so the skirt I bought was a medium.

  2. auntsis | | #2

    I would love the pattern - shall I send you my snail mail addresss?

    [email protected]

  3. PASDENOM | | #3

    Could you post a picture and indicate general dimensions and how the grainline runs?

  4. MaryinColorado | | #4

    Congratulations on your success, I am going to try this eventually, haven't quite gotten up the nerve to copy the ready to wear.  Now maybe I will.  Love saving money!!! 

     For anyone interested in a wrap skirt pattern I just bought Park Bench Pattern Co.'s Woodstock pattern No. 20, Mary Lou Rankin is the designer and creates for the "real" sized woman.  This skirt is not cut on the bias but looks as if it is.  I have not made it yet but met her at the Denver National Quilt festival and saw samples of the skirt made up in both solid and contrast, very cute. You can just search for Park Bench Pattern Co. on the web.  Mary

    1. tzipi | | #8

      For all of you that I promised on presenting the pattern for this easy wrap skirt- I'm having trouble describing how to draw it. I just placed the original on the fabric and cut. I tried drawing it in a Word document, but I realized as I went that it's not so easy unless you have the original. SORRY!!!!

      1. Hansi | | #9

        Well, thank you anyway.  I feel a little inspired to try copying things too, even though it won't be the same thing.  Thank you again for your efforts!

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        Becky-book | | #10

        I have a wrap skirt pattern from my younger days (1970's) Butterick 3768 but that number has probably been reused several times since then!  The main skirt piece is approx a quarter of a circle cut on a crosswise fold of cloth (with a smaller quarter circle cut out at the waist) So the front of the skirt is on the grain but the sides are on the bias and the back is on grain again.  Does this describe the skirt you have, or am I way out in left field?  If I can get my scanner to work, I might be able to post some kind of drawing.

        Hope this helps,


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          Becky-book | | #11

          the scanner worked this time!

          see attached file

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            Becky-book | | #12

            forgot to edit the pic before attaching  sorry hope this looks better


        2. tzipi | | #13

          That sounds very much like my skirt. That was my problem- my scanner is not working and when I tried to draw it on word I got all messed up. Thanks

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            Becky-book | | #14

            Hi!  Glad that helped.  If you would like, I could scan other parts of the pattern for you.  Let me know how I may be of service to you.

            Happy sewing,


  5. Hansi | | #6

    I'd love the pattern!  How did you copy the skirt?  Was it the first time you've copied something?



    1. tzipi | | #7

      This was so simple because it is one peice of fabric plus the attached belt. I have copied before but not as sucessfully as this.I plan to post the pattern in the next few days. But in preparation you need a piece of fabric about  twice the length of the skirt and as wide as you can find. The skirt I made and bought were both made from tricot. But probably any fabric that falls nicely ( not stiff ) would do. Got to go to work. More later.

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