Comments on: Clothes Remake http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:27:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Nicole Marie Malin http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-444129 Nicole Marie Malin Wed, 13 Mar 2013 03:02:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-444129 HELP!!! I am doing an Art course through a school in Darwin NT and im just stating the Fashion unit (UNIT 2) but i dont know what to make. i was thinking about doing something with jeans and ripping them or Turning e demin Jacket into a vest!!! HELP!!!!

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By: lacy http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-312895 lacy Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:23:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-312895 some community collages have a pattern making class for seamstress maybe they would like your project to create the patterns.

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By: Kim http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-264779 Kim Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:13:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-264779 I had a favorite pair of jeans years ago. I took them apart seam by seam and remade them because I loved the fit so much. They turned out great, but took a long time because of the ripping apart. I still do this if something is worth keeping.

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By: erin http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-41356 erin Sat, 19 Jun 2010 19:30:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-41356 I have a degree in fashion design and we were taught a “down and dirty” way to replicate a garment. Lay your garment FLAT so that one piece of the garment is nice and smooth. Lay a piece of lightweight muslin over the top. Use tailor’s chalk to create an outline of the piece by tracing the seams (think leaf rubbings on paper). Add 1/2″ all around for a seam allowance (or more for hems and facings) and there’s your pattern piece. Repeat for all pieces of the garment.

Sleeves can be a little trickier, since you can’t get the piece to lay flat without taking the garment apart. You can get a close approximation by tracing the top side (where it’s set in at the shoulder) and then doing the underside (where the seam is) and putting the pieces together.

The great thing about this method is that you can use the muslin pieces to make a sample and check the fit before making a final garment.

Hope this helps :)

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By: Holly http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-41189 Holly Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:59:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-41189 Custom work can be quite expensive, but the tailor is always my first stop when I’m on holiday in Asia. Something I don’t think has been mentioned is that not only can you get something you love copied, but being made from scratch there’s also room to make changes. How often do you come across a lovely top that you just wish had sleeves, or a cute dress that could do with a slightly longer hem? I have had good results taking a picture of a less-than-modest piece of clothing and having the tailor make them with a few tweaks to ensure modesty. My mum bought a kind of pricey dress with no sleeves that she wears with a top underneath. I had a copy of the dress made for a fraction of the price, and the tailor was able to add sleeves and make the hem a bit longer.

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By: Cathy Lane http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-41123 Cathy Lane Fri, 18 Jun 2010 04:27:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-41123 I used to do custom sewing and this this was one of the most common requests. I would trace or take apart the garment. Harder to do was when (frequently) someone brought in an old garment that they had outgrown (got fatter). I would then find a current pattern that was similar and adapt it to the desired style. A newer method of duplicating a garment exactly is to cover each section with overlaping painters (blue) tape. You mark the seams, darts, etc on the tape “fabric” – remove it and place on paper or interfacing and cut out to make each pattern piece. Whatever method your seamstress uses expect to have the top, pants or whatever made up in some cheap fabric first – sometimes called making a muslin – and adjustments will almost always need to be made Rarely is this a garment you get to wear. It seems that the new “pattern” usually runs a little small at first no matter what you do. I’ve been out of the seamstress biz for too many years to know the going rates anymore but this kind of custom work is expensive. The pay off is that you will have not just a replacement garment but now you have a pattern that can be duplicated in other fabrics. Good Luck!

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By: Tanya http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40797 Tanya Thu, 17 Jun 2010 18:04:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40797 I definitely want to learn how to do this and make a lot of my own clothes. That’s the plan for August :)

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By: Jetta http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40796 Jetta Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:13:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40796 So interesting that you brought this subject up because I was just considering starting to do this for a business in the last week. Wondering if there were people who would specifically want their favorite pieces remade once worn out. I guess there are!

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By: Jana @ Weekend Vintage http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40792 Jana @ Weekend Vintage Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:22:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40792 I prefer to pull the garment apart rather than just trace it. You’ll get a better fitting garment-one that is closer to the original.
Jana

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By: Natalie Ellis http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40787 Natalie Ellis Thu, 17 Jun 2010 05:23:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40787 Do you know Dana over at Made? She could probably help you with this, I don’t know her, but it seems to be her specialty. :)

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By: Sharon http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40780 Sharon Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:22:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40780 Yep, I’ve done it. If its a complicated design you would have to pull the garment apart to make a pattern but otherwise you can make a pattern just by laying out the garment carefully. I made a skirt for my daughter doing this a couple of weeks ago.

Dont forget you can repurpose your “worn-out” clothes into something new too. I am the Queen of Repurposing! Turn them into dresses for your daughter.

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By: Nikki http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40778 Nikki Wed, 16 Jun 2010 22:44:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40778 I haven’t done it myself but my good friend in San Francisco has it done all the time (she’s crazy tall and finds it difficult to find clothes that fit her well and that she loves).

She finds fabric that she loves, hands it over the original piece and pays her seamstress by the hour so depending on what kind of piece it is, it can get spendy.

I’m with you though, I hate saying goodbye to my favourites.

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40777 Michelle Wed, 16 Jun 2010 22:26:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40777 If the item is too difficult for a tailor or seamstress, you can look into hiring a pattern maker. They usually don’t do the sewing (although some do) but they can make you a professional pattern to fit you perfectly and then you can take it to anyone to sew it.

Pattern makers can also whip up an item of your dreams, if you don’t have an actual piece of clothing to replicate.

It’s more money to use a pattern maker, sort of like a middle man, but if you hit a wall with a tailor or a seamstress, they can do anything.

Good luck!

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By: The Emily http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40775 The Emily Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:30:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40775 I wish I did. I know this doesn’t help but my sister-in-law had a good friend who lived in Nepal last year and before she left, she had some of the locals re-create a bunch of her favorite jeans, cute clothes from Ann Taylor, remakes from magazine shoots etc. for seriously cheap. It’s the funnest post to read: http://ordinarylifebromley.blogspot.com/2009/08/tailoring.html

So if you’re ever in Nepal…

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By: Miranda http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40774 Miranda Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:03:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40774 Sorry, “Repurpose the Wardrobe”
and
http://daveandmiranda.blogspot.com/search/label/RTW
;)

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By: Miranda http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40773 Miranda Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:00:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40773 This is a great, and very do-able project. Any seamstress/tailor (even an amateur friend or relative!) with an understanding of pattern making should be able to confidently remake a shirt or two from existing pieces.

Another fun idea is to remake items that you love the fabric or a certain element of, but aren’t quite wearable anymore because of size, season or otherwise, and remake them into totally new clothes. I’ve been working a little on my own wardrobe for a couple weeks in a project I call “Repuropse the Wardrobe.”

http://daveandmiranda.blogspot.com/2010/06/project-repurpose-wardrobe-remodeling.html

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40769 Jennifer Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:30:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40769 I’m not sure where you live, but a very good friend of mine reconstructs clothes for a living, her name is Miranda. You can find her at http://www.mirandacaroligne.com. She has made one of a kind pieces for me that are beautiful and artistic. She also recently published a book, “Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies,” if you are interested in learning the craft. Look her up, she is amazing!

Best,
Jennifer

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By: Megan http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40768 Megan Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:21:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40768 Two places you might look to find very experienced seamstresses and tailors are a local independent fabric store and the costume shop of a nearby theater. My local fabric shop has a small display of business cards for people offering sewing services. I encourage you to ask the people working at the store, often they will have seamstresses they use themselves and will be happy to recommend. The people that work there are likely experienced stitchers themselves.

I used to work in professional costume shops and everybody there took on side projects like the one you’d like. If you have a local theater that makes their own costumes (either a regional theater or a seasonal one) the costume shop manager should be able to refer you to a number of very experienced stitchers. In my experience regular employees sometimes negotiate the use of costume shop machinery for their side projects, which could mean a very professional finish.

Somebody recently asked for similar advice over at Ask Metafilter and people shared their experiences, you might find more information in that thread.

I hope you find somebody, I’d love to see the result!

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By: Barchbo http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40767 Barchbo Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:20:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40767 I went to a tailor/seamstress named Hope. She did a great job – she learned to sew as a girl in Honduras. She was a really nice lady, which made the experience so much more fun.

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By: Sarah @ Cable Car Couture http://www.designmom.com/2010/06/clothes-remake/comment-page-1/#comment-40762 Sarah @ Cable Car Couture Wed, 16 Jun 2010 19:46:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4974#comment-40762 I did this a couple years ago with a flamenco dress — took it to a tailor and then had them alter the design slightly to be within my preference. It was awesome, fit great, and was cheaper than buying something new off the rack. Go for it!

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