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Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions Paperback – October 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823026663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823026661
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

STEFFANI LINCECUM is a designer, patternmaker, and sewing instructor with more than twenty years of experience in film, television, and theatre. She has created custom-made clothing and accessories for such movies as Nixon and Primary Colors, Emmy Award–winning TV shows 3rd Rock from the Sun and Will & Grace, and celebrities Madonna, Bridget Fonda, Tea Leoni, and Debra Messing. Steffani teaches costume construction at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a costume designer at the Children’s Theatre of Madison.

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Steffani Lincecum is a designer, patternmaker, sewing instructor and author with over 20 years of experience in film, television and theater. She has patterned and sewn custom clothing and accessories for the TV series Will & Grace and 3rd Rock from the Sun and the films Nixon and Primary Colors and has made individual pieces for Madonna, Bridget Fonda and Lucy Liu. After working alongside veteran tailors and seamstresses and sewing high-quality garments with a quick turnaround, Steffani has learned that traditional techniques are just as valuable as modern methods and she loves finding the balance between the two. Her article "Confessions of a Reluctant Seamstress" was published in Mia Magazine (Summer 2010) and her first book, Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit (Watson-Guptill, 2010), explores the rub-off method of making patterns from finished garments. She lives in Madison, WI, and is currently developing a new line of patterns. Visit Steffani's website at www.stitchcoach.com to find sewing classes and events.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to add to any sewer's library.
Linda Longstreet
This book will direct you through a ruboff pattern process that will allow you create a duplicate and even throw in a new design line at the same time.
Lorel Maple
The instructions are fairly clear and the photos are great, making it understandable and easy to follow.
Tnafbrat

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Lisette Carrithers on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is not about drafting a pattern from scratch. Unless you have dreams of starting a pattern line it is beyond most home sewers to work up a pattern from measurements. Frankly, we'd rather just get to the sewing part. This book demystifies the "rub-off" technique so that you can take a garment that you already love and fits and make a pattern without destroying the piece of clothing. Many people get frustrated with sewing clothes because of issues of fit, not an inability to put a garment together. Ms. Lincecum shows you how to avoid all of those fitting problems by starting with a garment that fits, making the pattern, and then changing the design details so that you can vary the design but not change the basic fit. She even shows how you can do this with handbags. Imagine, all the patterns you ever need hanging right in you closet! I expect that in a very short time this will be as invaluable to me as my copy of Fit for Real People was when I started sewing.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Nirode on October 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a professional pattern maker, tailor, and costumer for film and tv. I found this book to be incredibly well written with clear, concise directions and a valuable tool for every pattern maker/tailor. The illustrations are well done and the projects presented in the book are very cute and fresh. I've been sewing and making patterns for 20 years and found new tips within the pages of this book. I recommend this book highly to all pattern makers - experienced and those just starting out.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Phat Stripper on April 15, 2012
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I got a copy of this book as a gift and was immediately interested in doing one of the methods outlined in the book. I'm not a professional sewer by any means so I knew I would need to try out one of the methods on a simple garment. I traced a simple blouse without details such as collars, yokes, plackets, darts, pockets, pleats, etc... It worked! And, I was very pleased with the results.

But, when I tried to copy a shirt with darts (a bust dart and vertical or fishtail dart), my results were hideous to say the least! I simply couldn't follow the author's directions (or math) for how to add in the amount taken up by the bust dart. Moreover, the vertical dart completely threw me for a loop! It made me think that maybe this was the problem that one reviewer, Antonio Castillo, was trying to express (???)

For me, a sewer with intermediate skills, this would have been a fantastic book if more direction and examples had been given on darts. The topic of darting just felt a bit rushed in the book. If anyone could explain the darting process for me, I'd be very grateful and could really appreciate all the other great information in this book but for now, just call me FRUSTRATED!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kate Hardgrove on October 23, 2010
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This book is AMAZING! It is helpful to everyone whether they be professionals or hobbyists. The clear and specific instruction is easy to follow. The visual images work brilliantly. It is a great benefit for those of us who have the perfect blouse or skirt we want to duplicate. This book should definitely be a part of every costume shop. It certainly is a part of mine.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RB on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Thank you Steffani for writing this book! It is often hard to teach others this method. Your book is clear and concise with plain language for even beginning sewers to understand. One student I have did a rub off of her favorite jacket using your book. After the rub off, we trued the pattern and you should have seen how proud she was of her accomplishment! She absolutely beamed. This is a "must have" book in any sewing library!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tnafbrat on March 25, 2013
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I have been sewing forever however I have no experience in sewing pattern creation, only one previous attempt in altering an existing pattern and I am focusing on expanding that knowledge and experience. I do most of my skill learning whether it be sewing, knitting, computers etc from diving in with an instruction/reference book and trial and error. Because of this, I quite often have a number of books on the same thing and learn after a while which is my favorite. This leaves me with some that I never look at again. I purchased this book for its instructions on creating a pattern from an existing garment without taking that garment apart, (which I do not have) and working with a dress form. The instructions are fairly clear and the photos are great, making it understandable and easy to follow. I do not think I will need to look for another book on this technique as this will be my go to book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.A.G. on July 4, 2014
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I was able to check this book out from my local library and I find that some reviewers are a bit harsh considering the book has pretty solid information. For an individual attempting to make patterns for the first time, I think the rub off technique is a good way to learn because you are using a finished item of clothing to create a template to make another version of it. Good old fashion reverse engineering. It teaches the reader about how garments are constructed from the inside out, what certain markings on a pattern represent, and how they relate to the development of the final design. I like that the author describes and demonstrates the use of various sewing and pattern making tools. A lot of books do not elaborate on this and the use of specific tools do have an effect on the final outcome and how 'professional' or how 'homemade' the final garment looks. These things are the foundation of a well made garment and it is best to establish this from the ground floor. I do feel that some of the construction instructions could use a few more illustrations to demonstrate the process.

I also feel that the book could have been titled differently. 'Patternmaking For A Perfect Fit' gives the reader the impression that the book may contain a lot of details about different fitting methods and techniques. The subtitle states 'using the rub-off technique to re-create and redesign your favorite fashions'. This is more subjective based on what you want to make. It should have been titled 'Introduction To Making Patterns Using The Rub-Off Technique' and then list the items (or display on the cover the items intended to be rubbed-off). Then the author could have made a follow-up book demonstrating more involved garments and techniques.
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