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Topic: sewing with tape? it's more likely than you think (img. hvy. + baby tut)  (Read 48419 times)
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« on: June 25, 2009 08:06:11 PM »

no, really! i know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.
i saw this in a recent(ish?) issue of threads magazine. it seemed like one of those 'd'oh! why didn't i think of that!?' moments - using masking tape to create a pattern from ready-made clothing! easy, right? yes, it actually is easy. check it:

the culprit: my favorite pair of gym shorts. ooh, i love the neon yellow, but i really wanted some black ones. i started by laying them flat and covering the fabric between the seams with painter's tape. i think you can use any tape that is sturdy and doesn't leave a residue, i just had painter's tape laying around Tongue anyway, make sure you overlap the tape a generous amount - you want to make sure it all stays together!

after i finished covering the first piece, i caaaaarefully peeled the whole thing off (this is where overlapping counts!) and slapped it on a piece of paper. obviously, my paper is small (i just use sheets of copy paper for patterns Roll Eyes hurr hurr) so i frankenstein'd that shizz with more paper and tape.

i then traced around the pattern piece and cut it out. i also labeled it because i am a ditz and tend to get confused with pattern piece look-alikes Wink Wink

repeat the same process with all other expanses of fabric between seams. shorts are easy - these only have two pieces. front and back, no problem! i didn't add a seam allowance; i usually do that when i'm cutting. you can if you want, though.

for the first time, it is a LOT easier if you make this out of similar fabric to what the original garment is constructed from. in my case - stretch knit with only a lil' bit of stretch. had i decided to work with cotton, i would have had to adjust the sizing of the pattern since the fabric doesn't lay the same way.

aaaaand here is what i got from my new pattern skillz:

mine have an elastic waistband (which reminds me... i forgot to buy more elastic while i was at the store. crap.) and the bottom hem is serged. i didn't bother with the white piping that the yellow shorts have because, frankly, i'm lazy and i just wanted black shorts.

lovin' these black shorts, though!

so there ya have it! tape is AWESOME for easy-peasy pattern making - i can't wait to try it with tshirts and dress bodices OMG. sure beats drafting, or - my personal favorite - laying tracing paper over the seams and drawing over it with a pencil Grin
i hope this baby tut helps someone!! let me know what you think Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 08:15:16 PM »

GENIUS! Threads magazine = the shindigs!

« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009 08:23:57 PM »

wow! That's a really good idea. I have to try it.

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009 08:39:37 PM »

I saw that same article and thought "well, that's gotta be a hassle..."  I guess not!  Thanks for the insight!

And - nice shorts. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009 08:46:30 PM »

great idea! Shocked

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009 01:48:15 AM »

that's a great idea- i'll do it if i've finally got a new sewing mashine Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009 04:39:08 AM »

I did this with a hat once. I guess it seems silly to think I came up with it, but at the time (3 or 4 years ago) I thought I had. Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009 07:48:05 AM »

oh wow! this is so genius! gret job!
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009 08:22:43 AM »

ive soooo been trying to figure this out.. i have a couple of dresses and shirts that i really love but, since I love them, I dont want to cut them up to make a pattern, This is a great idea!! and will totally help!! thanks for sharing the idea Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2009 09:30:32 AM »

cool thats a good idea

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