And can I just say how excited I am to copy my favorite jeans????!! I bought my favs for $10 from Burlington Coat Factory. The quality of the denim isn't great, so they only made it about a year, but I LOVE them. Can't wait to have another pair in good quality denim (or 3 . . . and maybe one in stretch wool instead of denim . . .).
You can check out some of the other garments I've replicated here and here. My latest request was to copy two favorite knit tops. The first was a simple peplum top from Old Navy:
The only real change my client Susan wanted to make was to have the sleeves swapped to elbow-length.
The biggest challenge in copying an existing garment is accuracy, which is fun for me because I get to unleash that meticulous, picky side of my personality (instead of inflicting it on my family, friends, or home).
|Pinning side seam and waist seams|
|Pinning through onto paper (I iron the filler paper from shipped packages),|
and I find it helps to wiggle the pin a bit to make the hole in the paper a bit bigger.
|Connecting dots and adding seam allowance|
Susan chose a jersey fabric that we found on Fabric.com for the peplum top, from Michael Miller's Heaven and Helsinki stretch jersey line.
|I have the top paired with a jersey skirt I made for another client.|
The second top was a black swing top with asymmetrical side seam inserts. The original top suffered a bleach accident. Susan wanted the sides changed so that they became symmetrical. She chose a black bamboo/rayon jersey from Vogue Fabrics and a funky print jersey from Mood. I didn't get a picture of the original, but here are the copies:
I have to say that this process still feels like making magic to me. I'm always anxious that it won't work or won't fit well and (so far) it always does. One of these days I'm going to get around to replicating my own fabric top, a poplin blouse I bought from Anthropologie about 10 years ago . . .