Making a pattern from an existing garment: the vintage dress

Last night I took a seamripper to this little vintage beauty…
Vintage dress
…and ended up with all of this.

I ironed the pieces flat and traced them onto plain white non-ironable interfacing. I’ve made patterns with newspaper before and it sometimes rips and/or gets smudgy ink on fabric and fingers. This interfacing is flexible but tough. I wrote instructions and piece descriptions directly onto the interfacing with sharpie.

Before cutting into my lovely spring stripes, I’m going to practice in two ways. First, I’ll re-sew the vintage dress (all the seams needed strengthening anyway) to get a feel for how the little details are constructed. Second, I think I’ll make a dress from this funky fabric my mom mailed last year…juuuust to make sure I have it right!

Vintage fabric for a dress project

9 responses to “Making a pattern from an existing garment: the vintage dress

  1. Pingback: Sewing in my underwear | Foxflat's Blog

  2. I really need to learn how to do this. You’re amazing!

  3. don’t be sad…it’s almost your birthday!!!!

  4. I’ve always been too scared to tear apart something I like in case I hurt it or can’t get it back together right. You’re so brave, ha! I can’t wait to see the finished product! Also, you could try using blank newsprint for patterns. I buy end rolls (which is a TON of paper) from our local newspaper for $1 a piece. It won’t solve the tearing problem (I reinforce delicate parts with tape) but it would take care of the smudgy ink problem and it’s ridiculously cheap.

  5. That fabric is going to look really good as that dress! I can’t wait to see it – I’d like to try to do the same thing too one day.

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