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Designing Apparel Through the Flat Pattern Paperback – August 23, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0870057373 ISBN-10: 0870057375 Edition: Sixth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; Sixth Edition edition (August 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870057375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870057373
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernestine Kopp, Vittorina Rolfo, Beatrice Zelin and Lee Gross all teach at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bough this book expecting a more through coverage of apparel design. i was somewhat disappointed, mainly due to the fact that you have to buy the partner book, Pattern drafting, by the same authors in order to do anything with the instructions given. Pattern Making for Fashion Design By Helen Joseph Armstrong is a much better, easy to follow book for all levels of the pattern drafter and designer.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Neko Wafer on April 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to anyone who drafts patterns, from beginner to expert. Not only can one use this information for current styles, but can also apply these techniques for historic and fantasy costume. The text is straightforward and easy to follow, and the illustrations are simple and clearly marked. Enjoy!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "smbmelanie" on April 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ALSO BUY " HOW TO DRAFT BASIC PATTERNS" BY THE SAME AUTHORS. This book is good because it teaches how to use the basic "slopers" (basic patterns) and manipulate them to create OTHER design styles. IT DOES NOT, however, describe in detail how to develop the basic sloper patterns. It skims over that part, showing only brief pictures and giving basic information about the basic slopers and assumes that you already have the slopers to create new flat pattern designs. "How to Draft Basic Patterns" is the companion book that gives detailed instructions( -almost too tediously detailed insturction...) on how to develop the basic sloper patterns. I personally think they made us design students buy these two books in school because it was a chance to cash in on students buying two textbooks for class. The authors could have put all the info of both books into one book- EASILY!! If you want a good ALL IN ONE book that teaches both basic sloper development and design style creation with the flat pattern, one which is also fairly easy to read and "get through" in order to develop your patterns, try the flat pattern written book by Helen Joseph Armstrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Godzilla's Godchild on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I used to have this book--I bought it as a text book, along with 'How to draft basic patterns' by the same authors for a costume pattern making class I took years ago. There are better books that combine the material from both books--as other reviewers have mentioned. Personally I prefer Natalie Bray's books, of what is now easily available.

'Designing apparel though the flat pattern method' shows the drafting process for lots of styles. However, a lot is left 'between the images and text' so to get the most out of the book, you need someone explaining why things are done they why they are done and how they are being done, in many cases. Or you will be doing a lot of trial and error work. In other words, there is very little theory and discussion of how human anatomy affects cut and fit. The book does go into good detail at times, such as showing how to adjust the waist line on circle skirt. However I found most of the styling itself klunky--not very refined. Of course, if you are an experienced patternmaker you will probably know where to make changes in the draft to make a more fitting and refined style. But it would be harder for the newbie. While you might not care about 'refined' drafts/cuts if you design and pattern clothing for the lower end of the market (assuming you work for or are a manufacturer) I think good patternmaking should be the basis of any garments, cheaper or high-end.

Many, many fashion and other programs use this as a text for their patternmaking classes. And I am sure many good patternmakers trained with this book. But I think that is based on it's longevity--the original was published in 1968 or earlier--and it's publisher--Fairchild--and availability as much as what the book contains. I can remember when I bought mine, it was one of the few patternmaking books available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edgewood on January 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book calls the same thing by different names. This was my textbook and we did not get the companion book. Many of my classmates were first-time sewers and had a very hard time following the directions. I am an experienced sewer, and I'm old, so I was able to help with the language. This book has had so many editions that it really needs another very thorough edit to ensure consistency of the terminology.
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