Best way to "reverse engineer" clothes

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Fahad
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Best way to "reverse engineer" clothes

Post by Fahad » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:51 pm

Hello,

I'm wondering what's the best way to learn how to figure out the pattern of clothes that's already sewn? Is it just practicing doing patterns, are there some books that might help?

Thanks!

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Re: Best way to "reverse engineer" clothes

Post by Rosemaryr » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:56 pm

In my opinion, there are plenty of online references to consult. One of the best at demonstrating reverse engineering is
http://moldesdicasmoda.com/transformacao-de-vestidos/

You may need a translator for the pages, (it's in Portugese) but the images are quite clear in the intent. The site shows an image of a real garment, and a diagram with a standard block/sloper pattern with the necessary alterations added to it. You can compare the two images and get a good feel for what changes are needed for different types of garments. And the site has a lot of different garments shown... just poke around the various links there to see what is available.

To use such patterns inside MD, create a new fabric choice with the image as a texture material. Then, make a new rectangle pattern piece and apply the new fabric choice to the piece. Scale the texture up to fit whatever avatar you are using. Then, trace over the design to create your garment's pattern pieces. When you are done, you can trash the rectangle pattern piece.

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Re: Best way to "reverse engineer" clothes

Post by LoriGriffiths » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:27 pm

In my opinion, the best way to learn how to recreate what you see is to learn how patterns are made. Everything starts with a sloper and then gets manipulated from there. If you learn how that is done, you can look at a finished garment and easily work backwards to see what they did to arrive at that design.

There are lots of pattern drafting books, but this is the biggest (and most expensive):
https://smile.amazon.com/Patternmaking- ... ion+design

My favorite book is Modern Pattern Design. I purchased the book, but I found this pdf online:

https://sewingforlife.files.wordpress.c ... n-1942.pdf

This pdf is not complete, there is more in the book than in this document, but it is free and you can learn a lot.

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Re: Best way to "reverse engineer" clothes

Post by Rosemaryr » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:25 pm

Oooh, I *like* that "Modern Pattern Design" pdf! A good bit of reading to dig through, but the images are quite clear and cover a lot of interesting detail work and design. Bookmarked, for sure! Thanks, Lori!

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