How to Cut Clothes for Sewing


If it’s your first time sewing your own clothes or you are still on the process of learning, you may find it difficult to cut pattern pieces from old clothes. It can be intimidating at first but once you take an item of clothing together at the seams you can reuse the fabric just as you would use new fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Old clothes
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing pattern layout
  • Old newspaper
  • Seam ripper
  • Pencil
  • Tailors’ chalk
  • Pins
  • Scissors or shears
  • Take the body measurements needed for the kind of clothing you want to make.

  • Lay the newspaper on a table. Follow the pattern layout and draw the pattern, taking into consideration the body measurements. Provide at least 1 inch of seam allowance on all edges of the pattern pieces.

  • Use the seam ripper to rip the seams of the old clothing.

  • Lay the old clothing on the table with the wrong side of the fabric visible. Place a pattern piece over it.

  • Pin the pattern piece to the fabric.

  • Use shears or sharp scissors to cut the fabric. Repeat Steps 4 to 6 to create the other pattern pieces.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that the clothing you are using is big enough to accommodate the pattern pieces for the new outfit you are making.

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