My coworker Missy has this really awesome top that I’m just in love with. Since I’ve never seen a pattern like it, I asked her if I could borrow it and attempt to clone it. She’s really cool so she said yes. I’ve never actually tried to copy a RTW garment before, but feel like I know enough to have a chance of success. I put my cardboard cutting mat on my coffee table, laid out a piece of flipchart paper, and carefully pinned the top to it. So far I’ve done the back, lower front, upper front pieces and the collar. I just have to figure out the sleeves, measure the ties and ruffles on the upper front.
Here’s the top in question, modeled by Saffron:
Of course I couldn’t pick a simple garment to clone, right? There are gathers all over the front of this thing! Here’s a closeup of the upper front:
And while we’re at it, I’ll show you the sleeve and the back too:
Anyone got any advice for me?
Also- thanks to all of you who offered advice on my pink dress. I felt a lot better after reading them, since many of you felt that the pattern shared some of the blame for the wonky fit!