Making a Pattern from Existing Clothing

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I have several worn out jackets hanging in my closet that I absolutely
love and want to recreate.  I am an advanced sewer but am wondering how
difficult this would be to recreate a pattern from them without tearing
them apart.  Does anyone have any suggestions about doing the sleeves
and collars?  That is where I see I may have difficulty in getting them
to tailor smoothly.  My thoughts were to piece butcher paper together
and sketch the sections, adding seam allowance.  Any help and
suggestions would be appreciated.

Re: Making a Pattern from Existing Clothing
Grace Kirkwood wrote:
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  With most garments, tracing a pattern isn't difficult. I like to find
the grainline, mark it (use tailor's chalk, which washes out); then
start tracing the largest straight seam first. Lay the garment on a
large piece of paper, pin at strategic points, then pin-pierce the
paper all around the garment piece. I like to do this on a padded
board,--you can stick pins through it, straight up-and-down,  to anchor
items, as if you were using a corkboard.
   As you come to curved areas, you have to unpin/shift pins, as you
shift the garment curve.
  The older the garment, the wonkier the straight-of-grain and garment
seams can get. You may have to do some truing of lines, after tracing.

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