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Design Your Own Dress Patterns: A Primer in Pattern Making for Women Who Like to Sew Hardcover – January 1, 1971

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1971 no other dates edition (January 1, 1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0385016743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385016742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LINDA Riley on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For most sewers, creativity is often blocked by dependence on ready-made patterns. The artist-sewer has visualized something which cannot be found for all the looking in pattern books. What she is really searching for is her own design, which, of course, is not there...

If you are one who has been scared to death to move a dart (you think it was put there by an Act of Congress) or one who is awed by the seeming complexity of a pattern (the professionals in the field like to keep you that way), or one who doubts her ability to create ("I'm really not an artist")--relax! The basic principles of pattern construction are really neither too mysterious, too numerous, nor too difficult for the home sewer. Any woman who can work her way through the labyrinthian directions for sewing which accompany the commercial pattern can surely learn the comparatively simple and clear rules for pattern making...

It is my hope that the simple non-technical instructions contained in this book will open the door to a new world in which sewers may find creative excitement in executing their own dress designs.

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"The making of beautiful clothes is an art," writes Adele Margolis. But as Design Your Own Dress Patterns makes dear, it is an art that need not be left to the professionals. For though styles may change from year to year, the principles of pattern making presented here remain the same and can be easily mastered by anyone who sews.

In these pages you'll find concise instructions on the basic elements of bodice, skirt, sleeve and neckline design, as well as the details of pockets, buttons, collars and cuffs.
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By Sandy on March 20, 2013
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I can't say enough about this author and her way of making the process easy to understand. Overflowing with very useful information and a great source of inspiration. From novice to pro this author and this book in particular, are a must have for your library.
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