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« on: October 28, 2012 04:06:15 PM »

I have a brother. he is heavily into modding his own clothes and loves anything unusual or different. kind of hipter, minus glasses and self importance lol.

anyways, for xmas I have the most awesome fabric to make a shirt for him. nobody will have anything like it! finding a pattern is turning out to be the hardest thing.

I've found an awesome one in a book I own, but have no idea how the heck to get it out of the book (pattern is 6" width! gonna be one tiny shirt...)

so, what do I do? mark out squares on greaseproof paper and hope to goodness that my drawing skills are up to scratch?

photocopy it? I'm not sure I can photocopy it well/big enough to become a proper paper pattern, and doing it would probs cost me more than buying a pattern!

any help would be awesome thanks.
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012 10:47:37 AM »

Usually, if it's a tiny diagram, it will have a whole bunch of letters all over it. These letters will correspond to measurements, such as A to B must be one quarter of the chest measurement plus one quarter of the ease of the garment. Here's an example from The Weekend Designer showing how to draft a colour blocked raglan sleeve jacket.

Basically, you'll start off with your friend's measurements and a huge piece of paper. Poster board or newsprint is usually large enough. Once you decide how much ease the shirt is going to have, add that to each of his measurements. If his chest is 38 inches and it's going to be a slim fitting shirt, add 1 to 2 inches making the garment a 39 or 40 inch chest. A slightly looser fit would be 2 to 3 inches, and a "dramatic" fit could be much more. The best thing to do would be to compare his measurements with the measurements of one or two of his favourite tops. That will give you an idea of how much larger than him the garment will need to be.

I've never done this myself, I just happen to be a sponge for potentially-useful-information Tongue I hope that gives you a starting point for your sewing adventure.

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2012 09:35:55 AM »

thanks! on the basis of that... I'm not ready lol.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012 08:40:04 AM »

Take the book to a professional copy center like Kinkos. They probably won't be able to blow it up to full size, but they should be able to get it larger. Have the final blown up copy printed on graph paper.

Then get some craft paper and a ruler. Draw a grid on the craft paper, with each square about 1". Then, one square at a time, copy the pattern from the grid paper print out onto the craft paper.

You might have to clean up the drawing, and adjust the pattern for size. If you are good at math you might be able to draw a grid on the craft paper with squares sized to produce the correct final size.

Or, have the copy center copy the image directly onto a transparency. Rent an over heard projector. Tape craft paper to a smooth wall. Put the transparency on the projector, turn it on, aim it at the paper, and adjust or move the projector until the image on the wall is the correct size. Then trace the image onto the craft paper.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012 05:40:22 AM »

wow. waaay too much work lol. but thanks Wink
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