I have done both. I cut apart an old shirt and drew around clothes that fit well. They both work great, but I am always looking for ways to make things easier. Cutting clothes apart can be tedious. And I may not have anything I want to cut up. Drawing around a store bought item is easy, however some areas are harder to navigate around to copy just right. I never really liked fiddling around to make sure it lays down just so, with the right seam showing.
So, I started using pins. Put cardboard or foam board underneath the paper you are drawing the pattern on and place pins at short intervals . You can use this trick for marking pocket placement, button holes, armholes etc. Then just connect the holes and you have the perfect copy!
See how easy it is? Plus the clothes stay in place and it is so much easier to draw around it to get a good outline!
Easy, simple and makes copying store-bought clothes more accurate!
Thanks to Idealeon for this tip: "Make sure you use your see-through ruler and add 5/8 inch or whatever you like to sew at on to every seam edge. The line created by the pins is the 'stitch line' or the 'sewing line.' "
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