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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451511590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451511598
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristina Shin was educated in Korea, the USA and the UK and has over 10 years experience in the outerwear and underwear industries as both a designer and patternmaker. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she worked for Triumph International Overseas Ltd., one of the world's leading lingerie brands, as a designer. She is holder of the 2004 International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology and is founding editor for the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. She taught extensively in both the USA and Hong Kong.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Antry on June 25, 2010
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I bought this book for the bra making pattern which was difficult to work with at best. She uses a standard 34b bra size to do the cup and the band. I was not sure how to get the band to my size except to add to it in the back. This book shows a fairly good dart manipulation example but failed to give thorough direction for the entire process to help with the design changes in making bras and designing my own patterns. The book does show how to make a sloper for most patterns. I enjoyed the way this book is layed out but she doesn't state some things that one must wonder about to figure out how to use what she has written.

I used an internet site called Patternschool.com in which the owner has a full two pages dedicated to both the bra band and the bra cup patternmaking process.

I have never seen such a maze of difficulty in the way information is put together in the bra making process. I bought this book after I bought the Bra-Making Manual which is a great book for making bra patterns and doing different designs but the copyright listed doesn't allow one to use her information for any purpose other than making one your own bra. Kristina Chin does allow her work to be used (not copied but used) for education purposes. Her work along with Stuart's who is author of the Patternschool web site has helped me learn the pattern making process for bras.

There is a lot more in the book besides bra pattern making but that so far is all I can really review. I think I could use this book for the block patterns. She does have a full sizing list for all sizes based on existing measurments in the garment making business.

The book appears complete and does seem to offer most of what the author claims to teach.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By cnkasting on August 17, 2011
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This book is absolutely useless because it is missing the critical bit of information which tells the reader how to turn body measurements into an appropriately sized paper pattern. This book contains extensive tables of body measurements and worldwide sizing guides, but does not interpret that data for the process of building a pattern. As another reviewer wrote, unless you happen to be a 34B, you can't use the book. I also found it frustrating that this book was written by someone whose first language is not English and who does not have a good editor. The book contained all kinds of awkward sentence structures which made it difficult to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Pylman on June 2, 2013
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This book was exactly what I was seeking. I'm very tall, and I have bones, so I'm a larger size than most manufacturers like make things for. And my torso is longer than the standard model. This book shows how to take my measurements, draft a personallized pattern, and end up with underwear that actually fits properly! It also includes things like camesols and body suits... and I can't tell you how great it is to *finally* have a body suit I can actually snap closed!

If you're a non-standard size, and even if you're a standard size but have an interest in making your own underwear, I can't recommend this book highly enough!

One problem other reviewers have mentioned is that the author's native language is not English. She doesn't really do a very good job of saying "this number is a variable, and this is where I got the value I'm using for that variable," but if you have general pattern-making experience you can follow her tracks pretty easily.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Brutus on September 28, 2010
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Best book to teach you about drafting bras, panties, camis, etc. The directions are a bit vague sometimes, but by looking at the illustration, you can figure out what the author means. I love this book. This is what I have been looking for.
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