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How to Make Sewing Patterns Revised Edition
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More About the Author
He is a rabid do-it-yourselfer who has explored a variety of eclectic interests including theatre, personal computers, and website design which have resulted in original shows, costumes, books, and software development. (Not to mention house repair and remodeling.)
He loves sharing his interest in patternmaking through his Yahoo Group named after his book and through his online school. He is currently involved in researching and developing additional patternmaking techniques and sharing the results through his passion for photography and videography.
Top Customer Reviews
THAT IS NOT THE CASE WITH MR. McCUNN'S WONDERFUL BOOK! He starts out by showing you how to measure yourself accurately without any helpers.
Then he takes you step-by-step through how to draft the basic patterns from your own measurements. He does NOT give tables of measurements for putting darts in, since the tables don't work for anyone without a "perfect" body. Instead, he explains how to custom fit the basic skirt, pants, bodice, & sleeve patterns to your own body, even if you don't have a "fitting buddy."
And if that isn't enough, he includes instructions on how to design your own clothing styles (or copy those you see in the stores) and then change your basic patterns to make those styles.
He expands on this to show how to make waistbands & cuffs, pockets & plackets, jackets & coats, and even how to make & fit a man's suit. (Yes, this book even has info on making basic patterns for MEN, not just women.)
There is also discussion of how to choose the correct fabric for your style.
As a bonus, he explains how to take your perfectly-fitted basic patterns and turn them into a "fitting dummy" that mirrors your own body perfectly!Read more ›
Rhonda --Atlanta, GA
The chapters on altering patterns for the bodice and sleeves of blouses or of skirt darts and drapes, etc. were amazing and so easy. The word descriptions sometimes get a little confusing, but a quick look at the illustrations makes any issues clearer immediately.
I felt that the explanations especially of fitting the garment to the figure of the wearer were very informative and helpful--they were definitely worth the price of the book. Little that I had learned previously prepared me as well as this book did for fixing design flaws. One still has to recognize what looks well on the individual for whom the apparel is designed, but at last no one is expected to diet down to the figure of a hat-rack with a head to wear a nicely designed and fitted garment.
Those who like to buy commercially made clothing might also appreciate the information on tailoring garments to the figure, since from these instructions, problems areas in fitting might also be corrected with a little additional work.
One of the more interesting facets of the book is the set of instructions for putting together a posterboard designer's model for fitting clothing without the wearer's presence. The stiff material of the paper model of a blouse or dress, sans bust, is made from a pattern, and a padded bra placed over it to help with fitting. Ingeneous and very inexpensive!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
By way of a suggestion, the book would be more convenient to seamstresses if it was wire bound.Published 8 days ago by audrey
This book is wonderful! I am learning step by step. I feel as though I am back school..giggle giggle ... If you want to learn how the process works, this is the book for you!!Published 17 days ago by Tahlula
I rarely write customer reviews. I specifically came here to warn you not to buy this book.
I read the book cover to cover before painstakingly drafting each of the... Read more
I owned this book before and lost my copy when I moved. This book is so invaluable that I hunted down another copy! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kiko
the best go to book for making sewing patterns. i learned how to sew from scratch. with this book, i understand how to make sewing patterns now. it's very helpful.Published 2 months ago by Jhonny Bravo