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Clone Your Clothes 2W20

Create a sewing pattern from an existing garment, and clone a garment you love. Learn how to properly trace your garment to create a pattern, and how to measure critical points on each garment for precise duplication. Understand the importance of grain line, pattern symbols and seam allowances when creating a pattern. Prerequisites: Basic Sewing I or II or equivalent experience, and experience working with patterns.

Limit 8 students

Theona White

Theona White

Theona White is a costume designer and technician.

She has worked full time on the North Shore Music Theater stitcher/wardrobe team, altering and maintaining theatrical costumes for musical productions such as 42nd Street, Mamma Mia and Hairspray. She also provided wig maintenance for the North Shore Music Theater productions of Jekyll and Hyde and Hairspray. Other positions include Assistant Milliner at Salmagundi Hat Shop and  freelance Costume Designer/Technician throughout the Boston area. Credits for Costume Design include Madagascar Jr. (Greater Boston Stage Company), Memorial (Boston Playwrights’ Theater) and Good (New Repertory Theater).

She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design from Boston University.

Sewing, Fiber Arts, Costume Design, Clothing Design
Materials & Tools:

You may use our sewing machines or bring your own.

Bring a basic sewing kit:

straight pins
sewing needles, assorted sizes
fabric scissors (Fiskars, Weiss or Gingher are recommended)
paper scissors
seam ripper

Sewing machine needles to fit Singer brand, size 12-14
Safety pins
4 yards cotton muslin fabric
2 colored pencils (different colors)
Class 66 bobbins (plastic)
Tailors chalk or chalk wheel
a hip curve and/or a French curve
a straight ruler, 2” x 18” or 2” x 24” with grid (standard fashion ruler)
an L ruler (optional)


As well as:

A "pounce" or needlepoint tracing wheel
A garment to clone - simple garments with minimal darts are best. Please note that fly front pants, items with sleeves or a lot of design elements (welt pockets, darts, pleats. gathering etc) make for a more challenging project. Feel free to bring a couple of options to choose from.


We will also discuss additional materials to make the final garment out of.