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Topic: sewing with tape? it's more likely than you think (img. hvy. + baby tut)  (Read 44820 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:


GYM SHORTS, ALL RIGHT!!
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!
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« 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!
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« 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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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2009 10:11:44 AM »

Genius! Thanks for sharing, I will be trying this out ASAP.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2009 06:06:08 PM »

We did did a more "profesional" version of this in school. And by that I mean more difficult, this is awesome. I'm going to try it on some stuff, because pattern making for my figure blows.
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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2009 03:08:16 PM »

Brilliant. They look great. Off to get my favorite yoga pants and find some tape.
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2009 07:49:35 PM »

Awesome idea! I hadn't heard of Threads mag, will need to look that up. Thanks for the post!
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« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2009 08:06:27 PM »

that is pretty much awesome. I have a dress that i should do this to the top for (the bottom i can figure out without a whole roll of tape). I never wanted to cut it up, even though it is falling apart anyway!
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2009 12:29:59 AM »

that's fantastic. also, i want your wallpaper.
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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2009 06:41:05 AM »

I have like 100 rolls of painter's tape in my garage.. seriously.
Soo....of course I have to try this (=
You are amazing.

Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2009 01:03:13 PM »

mmm brilliant!  I hate drafting pants...  this will be so much easier....  less measuring, and less fretting over wether I did it right or not!   and i'll know they should fit!  thanks!
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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2009 01:32:28 PM »

awesome! thanks for sharing Smiley and the shorts look great!
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« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2009 04:40:29 PM »

that's fantastic. also, i want your wallpaper.

thanks!
it's not wallpaper, actually... i painted it on using a stencil... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309499.msg3550827#msg3550827 Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2009 12:37:23 AM »

"it seemed like one of those 'd'oh! why didn't i think of that!?' moments"

Exactly!
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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2009 01:46:21 PM »

Awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing it; now I know exactly how I will use the little girl dresses I thrifted to use as patterns for my great neices so I don't have to cut them up!
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2009 02:50:35 PM »

DUDE. You are my hero. I haven't had the time to sit down and read Threads fully like I ought, so I must have missed this--and it's absolute genius!! The shorts look great, btw. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2011 11:35:37 PM »

This is the greatest thing~ Thank you!

My vinatge handmade dresses are all getting some love like this all in the name of art C:
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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2011 01:56:42 PM »

I think that's totally brilliant. And SO something I need to do.
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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2011 08:12:40 AM »

Inspired - I love it!
I'd be tempted but have worries that I would end up with one of my three cats would end up attached to it  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2011 10:08:26 PM »

I have done this with duct tape with corsets and it works pretty well.
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2011 08:48:48 AM »

must try this on 2 dresses that I love and would like to recreate Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2011 12:53:04 PM »

I'm loving you right now.  Oh the dresses I will make with this!

I totally have those shorts in pink, and they are freaking fabulous.
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2013 10:16:52 PM »

I think I've just spent the good part of a month searching high and low for certain dress patterns of dresses I own myself....


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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2013 06:14:22 PM »

O: I've never thought of doing this.
Usually I just try to get a piece to lie as flat as possible on a piece of paper then make pinpricks in the outline of the pieces.
Time to go spend a small fortune on tape!
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« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2013 10:14:56 AM »

I can't believe I never thought of this before! Pure genius.
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