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, darts, etc. with a pencil.
I did this for every single piece of the smock.
In addition to the shape of the pieces themselves, I also noted the direction of the grain, as well as all the various seam/hem allowances (etc.).
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 38” around the bust and 33 ½” around waist.
The grain lines indicate the crossgrain, not the straight grain! Use the horizontal “weave” of the jumbo spandex as a guide.
The neckline trim and yoke piping pieces were extrapolated based on the length of the original seam lines, rather than tracing the actual pieces.
There were slight discrepancies on the right and left sides of the garment; I made it symmetrical.
I took the liberty of rotating the inner/under-sleeve seam slightly forward so it matched the side seam.
I reduced the sleeve hem allowance to an even 2”. (The original was 2 ⅜”.)
The bottom of the screen-used smock was simply cut to length and left unhemmed; I added an optional 1” hem allowance around the bottom.
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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