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Dressmaking for Real Women: How to Adapt Your Store-bought Patterns to Flatter the Curves You Want to Keep and Drape the Ones You Don't Paperback – September 1, 2012
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This book starts at the beginning - seriously with Essential Sewing Equipment and a Fabric Glossary. Because of the title, I was expecting more intermediate info.
Next is a very nice section on the body shapes: hourglass, triangle, inverted triangle, round and oval. For each figure type, you get an illustration, description of the body type, flattering styles, looks to avoid and appropriate fabrics. The styles and fabrics are summarized in a check list. There's nothing new here, but it's nice to see it included in a sewing book. It has examples of sewing patterns that work for each shape. To live up to the "flatter and drape" part of the title, more examples here would have been helpful.
Next up is choosing and reading patterns, transferring markings, measurements and layouts. There are a couple of pages on seam allowance and ease. Meh.
The Adapting Patterns section is pretty good. I really like how this part of the book has a mini table of contents. For each subchapter listed (Shoulder, Neckline, Bust, Hollow Back, Sleeve Length, Armhole, Waist, Hip, Stomach, Bottom, Crotch Depth and Height), there is a brief summary of potential fit issues. A very brief Dos and Don'ts for jacket sleeves, pants length and skirts follows; it's mostly about proportion. The alterations are photographed clearly (think ...Read more ›