This quintessential guide to patternmaking offers comprehensive coverage, clear illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, providing users with all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Covers the three steps in the development of design patterns--dart manipulation, added ...Read MoreThis quintessential guide to patternmaking offers comprehensive coverage, clear illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, providing users with all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Covers the three steps in the development of design patterns--dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring--with a central theme that all designs are based on one, or more of these three major patternmaking and design principles. Includes a fashion sketch for each project with an analysis of the design, and focuses on pattern plot and manipulation for developing the patterns. Illustrates several methods for knock-offs, and dedicates new sections on fitting corrections for the basic pattern set and the four pant foundation; menswear; patternmaking for bias-cut garments; revised drafting instructions and standard measurement charts; how to modify the bodice to fit the different sizes of bust cups; constructed support for strapless designs, and more. Presents additional and more challenging design projects for the advanced reader. For dressmakers, home sewers, manufacturing companies, and professionals in fashion design and fashion merchandising.Read Less
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I have only had time to skim the book so far but have found it to be very thorough in describing and illustrating the techniques put forth. I hope to be able to start using them soon.
Aug 24, 2007
Just what I wanted
I bought a used edition from the 80's, so the styles they showed weren't exactly up to date (although some have come back into style already) but that doesn't matter that much because this book shows you how to design about anything you would want. I just finished my basic pattern today, and it really makes that process as easy as possible. Then you are taken step by step through all of the different ways to manipulate patterns going from easy to very advanced, but in a way that helps you build on each skill into the next. There is a chapter about working with knits and activewear (swim suits and dance wear) which is nice. Tops, dresses, skirts, pants, and activewear are all covered. It is fun now to look at most articles of clothing and be able to see exactly how they made it. Definitely worth the money, and in my opinion, an old edition that is cheaper is a great value.
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