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Turn a Well-Loved Shirt into a Sewing Pattern

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn to create a sewing pattern by tracing off a favorite garment!

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll learn how to trace a pattern off of a simple knit garment like a tee shirt or tank top without taking it apart. We’ll also go over the fundamentals of pattern drafting, like finding the grainline of each piece and adding seam allowance. This technique can help you clone and recreate your favorite silhouettes directly from the clothes you already have and love.

Supply List:

  • 18″ clear plastic dressmaker’s ruler
  • 3 yards of dotted pattern paper
  • a mechanical pencil
  • tracing wheel
  • Your own knit t-shirt or tank top

Ruby will be providing tool kits with the dressmaker’s ruler, dotted pattern paper, and the tracing wheel for $20, but if you have the necessary materials, you can bring your own! Purchase your Workshop Tool Kit here.

Your ticket price allows us to provide a stipend to our Workshop Instructors for their time in sharing their skills with the FABSCRAP Community. All tickets are non-refundable. We encourage you to consider donating as another way to support our work as a sustainable resource – FABSCRAP is the only option available for the fashion industry to recycle and redistribute unused material, and the most accessible way for consumers to find saved-from-landfill fabric, trim, leather, and yarn.

FABSCRAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to end commercial textile “waste.” Your donations and purchase of workshop materials from our online store support our work and allows us to continue hosting these workshops. Stay in touch with us at fabscrap.org and on Instagram at @fab_scrap.

Instructor bio:

Ruby Gertz is the designer and founder behind Spokes & Stitches, a slow fashion atelier based in Philadelphia. She specializes in creating custom one-of-a-kind clothing and costume pieces for clients of all sizes and genders. Ruby has a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Pratt Institute, and spent a decade freelancing as a patternmaker and seamstress. She has tutored fashion students at top New York City design schools, and lectured on patternmaking and portfolio development at art colleges in New York and Philadelphia. Spokes & Stitches started as an indie sewing pattern company that offered gender-neutral patterns graded in a unique way to fit different body proportions. In 2022, Ruby expanded Spokes & Stitches to include custom clothing and costume design.

Website: www.spokesandstitches.com

Instagram: spokesandstitches

TikTok: spokesandstitches


The FABSCRAP warehouse is located in Unit 601 within BOK, which is accessible by foot, bike/scooter, car, subway and bus.

SUBWAY: Broad Street Line to Snyder Station

BUS: 45, 47, 47M, 79 Lines

BIKE: Approach BOK’s Pedestrian Entrance on 821 Dudley Street, between 8th and 9th Street. Free outdoor bike parking is available next to the entrance on 9th Street. BOK is an Indego bike share location with a kiosk located on the corner of 8th and Mifflin Street.


Traveling I-95S, take Exit 20 for Columbus Boulevard towards Washington Avenue. Keep right at the fork, following signs for Snyder Avenue/ Oregon Avenue. Turn right onto South Christopher Columbus Boulevard/ Columbus Boulevard. Turn right onto Tasker Street. Turn left onto East Moyamensing Avenue. Turn right onto McKean Street. Turn right onto South 9th Street.

Traveling I-95N, take Exit 17 to merge onto PA-611N/ South Broad Street towards Pattison Avenue. Turn right onto East Snyder Avenue. Turn left onto South 9th Street.

Traveling I-76E, take Exit 350 to merge onto Packer Avenue. Turn right onto South 10th Street. Turn right onto West Oregon Avenue. Turn left onto South 9th Street.

Traveling I-76W, take Exit 350 for 7th Street towards Packer Avenue. Keep left at the fork to continue towards South 7th Street. Turn left onto South 7th Street. Turn left onto West Shunk Street. Turn right onto South 9th Street.

How to locate FABSCRAP within BOK:

At the bottom of this page, and in your confirmation email, is a QR code, which works as a virtual key at the 9th Street entrance of Bok.

To the right of the door is a digital screen where you can scan this code.

1) Click the “Virtual Key” button on the home screen.

2) Hold the QR Code in front of the camera, located on the left side of the screen

When you hear a buzz/ding, the door unlocks so you can enter. The west elevator to our space on the 6th floor will be in the first hallway on your right when you enter through the 9th Street doors. The Dudley Street entrance of BOK is open to the public and does not require a key code. If you enter at Dudley, continue down the hallway and up the ramp until you reach the welcome desk. Take a left at the desk and another left right before the double doors. The west elevator is just around that corner- painted yellow and blue. We are on floor 6! Click 6 and eagerly await your arrival at our warehouse!

***(For ramp access, please use the ADA entrance on Mifflin St. The attendant at the Ambassador Desk will guide you to the West Elevator)

Need assistance? Contact us at (445)-300-8980


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ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND WAIVER: Participant acknowledges that he or she has been advised that by participating in the Event, he or she may be using sharp items such as scissors or shears, and may be exposed to open flame through the use of a lighter for burn-testing fabric. Participant further acknowledges that the fabric at the FABSCRAP premises may inadvertently contain pins or staples that may cause lacerations or cuts. With that said, Participant hereby acknowledges and agrees that they understand the nature of the Event and that they knowingly and voluntarily accept and assume responsibility for any risks and dangers that could arise out of, or occur during, Participant’s participation in the Event. The undersigned hereby RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE Fabscrap, Inc. and its officers, directors, employees, interns (collectively, the “Releasees”), from and for any liability resulting from any personal injury, accident or illness (including death), and/or property loss, however caused, arising from, or in any way related to, Participant’s participation in the Event, except for those caused by the willful misconduct, gross negligence or intentional torts of the above parties, as applicable. The undersigned also hereby agree to INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD the Releasees HARMLESS from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees, arising from, or in any way related to, Participant’s participation in the Event, except for those arising out of the willful misconduct, gross negligence or intentional torts of the above parties, as applicable.

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Philadelphia, PA 19148 United States