It’s one thing to sew a garment from a store-bought pattern; creating one from a pattern you made yourself is taking things to a whole ‘nother level!  This pattern-making method demonstrated by Ali at The Wardrobe, Reimagined, called the rub-off method, uses an existing garment as a guide.  There are a few situations in which I think this would be the perfect way to make a pattern, including replicating a beloved garment that is wearing out, making a duplicate of a shirt in a color or pattern in which it was not commercially available, and making a similar item with minor adjustments to make it better fit your body.  [how to replicate a garment with a DIY pattern]

Project estimate:

  • Existing garment, on hand
  • Kraft paper, on hand or $1
  • Pins, on hand

Total:  Free or $1