Buy this book! It will unravel the mysteries of making apparel patterns. I have two college degrees plus advanced studies in apparel design. Yet Suzy Furrer's patternmaking methods opened my eyes and made the process of patterning a pleasure. I have since used her methods to create my own line of garments -- StudioSKB. Her book is the text for my patterning classes at Art Institute of Portland and Portland Sewing. From moulage to slopers to creating designs, the step-by-step instructions are easy to use and understand. It simply makes sense!
Wow - this book is fabulous. It's a wealth of information, it's clearly and beautifully presented, it's not intimidating, it covers everything, and I love the format and the cover design and the plastic covering. So sensible. Suzy has given any asiring patternmaker all they need to know. It deserves to become the definitive pattern-making text! - Susan Khalje
This book (and Suzy's teaching) gave me everything I needed to know to develop my patternmaking skills and start my own line of clothing. It covers the basics (like how to create a moulage, skirts and various lines) as well as more advanced topics (like collars, sleeves, pants, tops, dresses and how to go about creating a line of clothing). Suzy gives step by step instruction on each topic and makes it really easy to follow along. You'll be amazed at what you're able to do!
To top it off, Suzy's approach to fit is spectacular. I've consulted many other moulage books that don't do anywhere near the job Suzy does to obtain an accurate, flattering fit. And, let's face it, this is where it all begins.
Suzy Furrer has done a wonderful job! This is a "must have" compendium for the serious pattern drafting student as well as the avid hobbyist. I have been using and teaching this method for years and the product is always a superbly drafted garment that hangs well and flatters the figure. Thank you, Suzy, for all your hard work!!!
I have tried several self-teaching books before "Building Patterns-Architecture of Women's Clothing" by Suzy Furrer. This is the best book so far. The book is very easy to use; the exercises are structured well and easy to follow even for someone with little or no patternmaking experience. Having completed all of the exercises I am not only able to create a pattern for any garment that a I can dream up but the finished garments fit beautifully. Suzy Furrer makes patternmaking, which intimidated me for many years, simple and fun. This is a wonderful book and I cannot recommend it enough!
Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women's Clothing is a step-by-step guide to the craft of patternmaking for women's apparel. Written especially for students aspiring to become industry-proficient in the profession, Building Patterns covers how to use the wide assortment of patternmaker's tools, and in-depth guidelines to creating patterns for everything from skirts to necklines, collars, sleeves, pockets, pants, and much more. Black-and-white diagrams on virtually every page illustrate the principles taught in Building Patterns with crystal clarity, and sample exercises allow students to broaden their skills. Highly recommended especially for vocational college library shelves.