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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; Reprint edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856698270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856698276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Tomoko Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on pattern making, both in her native Japan and internationally. This book brings together the results of the research on garment patterns she has carried out to help instruct her students.

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Now I need more time to sew!
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Beautiful book, filled with creative, original ways to work with fabric.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Vane on March 14, 2012
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I'm a fashion designer and I have training in classic pattern making. This is NOT a book to make standard clothes.
This is a book to explore pattern making beyond traditional limits. However, some clothes in this book can be done for wear (see a pair of draped pants) and some could be done with a little adjustment. It's perfect for fashion design students, fashion professionals and costume designers.
If you want to explore your creativity, go far beyond your own imagination and learn some new forms to approach pattern making, this book if for you.
If you just want to make a classic dress for a party, better buy another book.
I recommend this one and the other two previous books (Pattern magic I and II, also in english).
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By shiksa on March 15, 2012
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for those of us who get it....As with her previous books this one won't disappoint. I was surprised that 80% of what's here can be duplicated by the novice home sewer...and that these shapes while I will tone them down a bit can be formed by using knits--- two peas in a pod AWESOME---apple seed I WISH---and pattern mystery--thinking of a way to incorporate into my own dolman or pullover --...FULL sloper pattern included in this one....Great you're not up for the challenge put it on your coffee table. It will invoke some interesting talk...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Barnaby on March 30, 2012
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The book is split into two parts, the first is about seeing garments in a different perspective and creative cuts and the second part is on how to use the properties of stretch fabrics through drape and manipulation. A few of the styles would slot seamlessly into the previous books.
The book is all about manipulating fabric. It's not about flattering the body rather it's about what can be done with the constraints you have in garment design. The aesthetics is in appreciating this.

It's a fantastic reference book and I've seen some of these styles (from all 3 books) being used in actual collections (Levi's, Sara Philips and Gail Sorronda). The apple peel shape is something I've already seen from Levi's with their jeans for example. In regards to the designers and author, I couldn't say who did it 'first'.

The instructions, line drawings and photos go into great detail and having a few patterns in the book really is a added bonus which gets you excited about trying some of these ideas. I'm glad that it has been translated as I bought the first two books in Japanese before the English translation ones came out as the concepts, photos and line drawings were worth buying the book alone (I did buy the first two again in English).

Two books I also recommend as 'companions' to these are the Drape Drape books by Hisako Sato.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LilP on February 11, 2014
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I've been sewing for 10 yrs on and off. This is not exactly a beginner manual but neither is it professional. It helped me analyze pattern and dart manipulation. Which, being plus-sized (14/16 and 5'3.5), is necessary when altering patterns (meant for smaller sizes) to fit correctly, or if you want that couture fit regardless. This book helped me with fitting my breasts darts, comprehending how to change them so I used them better. Even though I haven't sewn any full sized patterns, I've learnt alot! I tested a few of the theories on my Barbie, (I use her to test full sized patterns since the fabric amount is less so way cheaper. :D.) So, my advice is to try the half-size patterns, it's a good way to get the concepts of fabric/dart manipulation for those who are visual and mechanical more than readers. Another good book which explores these ideas is the Art of Fabric Manipulation by Colette Wolf, but that is about how to do the manipulations than how to apply them to forms. Hope this helps :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Nashold on September 21, 2012
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Ms. Nakamichi continues to blow me away with her innovative pattern books.

Her pattern concepts get get e thinking not just out of the box but around the corner and up some stairs and through a little hole that leads to an other universe where people aren't constrained by the same ideas the typical consumer has; she leaves me finding inspiration in the mundane, in the random organic object, in the past, in the future.

I'm also thrilled that this edition was available in English. its much easier to follow the directions using both the text and the images...and much easier to obtain the book.

I would love to see how she handles repeat patterns and textures since she is so proficient at making otherwise mundane, plain muslin and jersey knit leap into artful arcs and stick the landing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KLA on December 4, 2012
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This is an amazing pattern book with unique and original projects. There are a couple of designs I like as is and would make to wear. The remainder of the garments are not something I would find figure flattering but I would make them to learn techniques and inspire my own designs.
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By A. White on April 10, 2012
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I purchased the first two Pattern Magic books in English last year to help inspire me for unique ideas, and also to understand pattern construction better. When I found out there was a third, I could hardly contain myself. However it was only in Japanese at the time. Though I am striving to learn Japanese, I am only familiar with the Hiragana alphabet.

Much like the first two books, the third has a lovely step by step instructions with images to follow along. I also love the fact that these books come with patterns so you can start from where they started to create your own look. I do suggest that American beginners should take classes or start with simple American instructions first, so that they have the basic understanding of pattern making in their foundations.

I am striving to be the best fashion designer, and the Japanese culture is a huge influence in my life along side the music industry, so these books are the perfect find for me.
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