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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486452549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486452548
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read and easy to understand.
Melissa Mersinger
If you design your own cloth and would like to make working patterns for the designs, this book will be very helpful for you.
Eliza
Between those two books I was able to successfully make my own slopers and finished patterns.
J. Patrick

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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Eliza on December 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking that it will show me how to draft patterns from scratch. Instead, what it really does is give instruction on how to fit a basic (shell/sloper) store bought pattern and how to work with it to create different looks. If you design your own cloth and would like to make working patterns for the designs, this book will be very helpful for you. If you want to learn pattern drafting, look elsewhere.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Wellman on January 13, 2009
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This book starts by explaining the function of darts in a basic sloper, and demonstrates how to retain the fitting functions while changing the positions of the darts. The author shows how to divide one dart into several, replace a dart with a series of tucks, replace a dart with gathers, and even eliminate the dart. As the chapters progress, the alterations become more complex, for example, transferring the fit conferred by the basic dart into curved seams. The book is not intended to help in fitting clothes; one must already have the basic slopers for a bodice, skirt, or pants. The author's understanding of patterns and how they fit is highly accurate, and the suggestions for changes are innovative. I would say that the book deserves four or five stars for its theoretical analysis - my criticism is that it isn't very practical. Perhaps I'm being too demanding, for it may be impossible to teach pattern-making without hands-on demonstrations. The book's fashions are, unfortunately but unavoidably, dated. This, too, affects the extent to which the book is helpful in designing modern garments, and as a consequence I am, after reading it, still unsure of how I would change certain pattern styles. I nevertheless recommend the book for its value in understanding general principles of making a piece of flat cloth fit the contours of the body.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Back when everyone sewed, Adele Margolis's books were best sellers and book club selections, prized for their excellent and easy-to-follow instructions on dress-making, tailoring, and creating your own patterns. As publishers phased out their craft divisions, her books went out of print, though they were still eagerly hunted down online and passed down from sewing mother to sewing daughter. Now--thank you Dover Publishers!--here is a re-issue of one of her timeless classics, with guidance that is just as fresh and useful as ever. If you sew, if you ever wanted to sew, if you just want to understand more about how clothes should be made, you MUST have this book by the Julia Child of sewing.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K of CSPG on March 28, 2009
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As another reviewer notes, Margolis' book is not going to teach you how to make your own patterns from scratch. It won't even tell you how to draft a sloper, much less a finished pattern! Rene Bergh's more recent book, Making Your Own Patterns: A Step-by-Step ... is a much better reference for that purpose. Margolis' book is not worthless, however--far from! I wish she'd titled it something such as, "Principles of Pattern Design and Styling." It's quite useful in conjunction with a manual like Bergh's. Once you've drafted a workable sloper, you can refer to Margolis for all sorts of techniques in varying the styles of bodices, trousers, and skirts. Margolis does a great job of explaining how darts are the basis of design, and I enjoyed following her instructions with quarter-sized slopers to achieve various looks. Bergh's step-by-step manual is the more comprehensive source for drafting real-life patterns (I've used it several times with excellent results), and it includes some of the same techniques Margolis includes for creating design details. Together, the two make a good reference. As I said, however, Margolis' title is misleading. I would recommend it only if you know how to draft a sloper, or if (as Margolis recommends) you have already worked with one of the pattern companies' basic "fitting patterns," as another means of making your own sloper.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marion S. Wilhelm on August 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been sewing for 40 years and I still found this book so helpful. It gives cklear directions on how to create your own patterns, using your own measurements. I have only one other book remotely like this and it is in Japanese, metric and meant for teeny women. Make Your Own Dress Patterns works for any one, any size. If you have been wanting to do some designing on your own, make better alterations or better pattern corrections, you will find this book invaluable. It is easy to read and understand and easy to use!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By engk916 VINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
i stumbled upon this book after reading tons of fashion design textbooks (draping for fashion design, fundamentals of apparel design, etc). those textbooks are great for learning how to draft patterns for anyone, but i was looking for information on how to draft patterns just for me. this fit the bill perfectly, since i was looking for ways to customize commercial sewing patterns to create my own unique clothing. after reading the myriad of measurements and the drafting techniques required for 'real' patternmaking, i needed a quick-and-easy way of getting the same results just for me. this book tells you how to fit and create the basic fashion block (e.g., bodice pattern) for your own measurements, and then goes into details about how to add fashion ease to the basic block while keeping the key fit points (bust dart, shoulder width, etc) the same so you're guaranteed to create clothing that fits.
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