In addition to thoroughly documenting the costume’s dimensions and construction, I actually extrapolated a sewing pattern from it, using a technique I learned from a book called 101 Sewing Secrets from the Singer Sewing Reference Library.
Basically, this process entails pinning or hand-basting a layer of muslin to the garment and lightly tracing the seam lines, pleats, etc. with a pencil.
I did this for every single panel of the jacket.
I transferred my muslin pattern to my dot-and-cross pattern-drafting paper, “true-ing” all the seam lines with the various rulers needed and double-checking everything for accuracy.
Then, I added all the appropriate seam/hem allowances to the appropriate edges and traced the pattern onto the large sheets of paper I usually use for my Tailors Gone Wild (formerly Bad Wolf Costumes) sewing patterns.
Luckily for all of you, I play a lot of Tetris, and I managed to cram every pattern piece onto a single 36” x 48” page!
I’ve since had it scanned at my local copy/print shop, given it a good polish, and digitally labeled it, so it’s all ready to go!
You can download my traced pattern here for free.
The pattern is a large-format PDF, 36″ x 48″ black/white.
A few notes on the pattern draft:
The finished garment measures approximately 40” around the chest and 33-34” around waist.
- The grain lines indicate the crossgrain, not the straight grain! Use the horizontal “weave” of the jumbo spandex as a guide.
For your convenience, I standardized the seam allowances: ½” everywhere, except for ¾” at the upper back/back yoke and 1” for the zipper. (The seam allowances on the screen-used jacket I examined were all over the place.)
I reduced sleeve hem allowance to an even 2”. The body hem allowances are the same as on the original.
I used the same pattern piece for both sleeves and sleeve inserts. (On the screen-used jacket I examined, the two sleeves/inserts were slightly different sizes.)
- This traced pattern is VERY close to the original, but you’ll want to allow a tiny margin (say, about ⅛” in any given direction) for “human error.”
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the free pattern. 🙂
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