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The PANTONE Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates and 60 PANTONE Color Palettes for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio
The PANTONE Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates and 60 PANTONE Color Palettes for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio
by Pantone LLC
Edition: Diary
Price: $16.74
72 used & new from $8.26

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality, but..., July 17, 2015
A little on my background...I am not a professional fashion designer or design student. I was, quite a few years ago, a fashion design student, before changing my major. I am a home sewist who was looking forward to using these templates as a means of getting my designs on paper before I try to alter patterns to create what I want. I may eventually want to professionally design sewing patterns.

Fashion croquis have traditionally been about nine heads tall. These may be even a little taller; I haven't checked for sure. The bodies are very short, and the legs are very long. While this has been standard for quite some time in the fashion industry, it is nothing near the average proportions of a woman, even a model type. Therefore, when you are drawing designs based on the croquis in this book, your design will be distorted from how it looks on a real-life woman. I realize that it's an accepted style, but wow, do I wish that the industry would begin to use corquis that are more anatomically correct (even if somewhat idealized).

The reason why I bring this all up (and not to pick on the publishers of this book in particular) is that I was reminded of this with the very first design I drew in this book, realizing that the real bodice and skirt proportions of my dress design would be entirely different than what I had just drawn on paper (mini dresses and shorts would be exempted from this problem, but anything that hits near the knees or lower is going to be extremely disproportionate).

The paper quality is good; the palettes are helpful; the reference materials are informative; I'm just going to look elsewhere for croquis that are closer to real female anatomy. I have no interest in designing for a body that doesn't exist. Fortunately, there will be a sketchpad by Gertie arriving on Amazon in the fall that promises more true-to-life figures. And there is one by Casmerette, a popular sewing blogger, that can be ordered directly from her site.


Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide
Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $15.99

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic/Vintage Inspired Styles, Mix-and-Match, and an Extended Size Range!, July 13, 2015
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If you've ever wanted to bridge the gap between using purchased sewing patterns (without modification) and designing your own clothing, this book is a great place to start! Tanya takes you through different bodice, neckline, sleeve and skirt styles with a mix-and-match approach to designing your own dresses. There are plentiful examples of how to combine the different parts to create different dresses. If you like classic dress styles, or vintage-inspired dresses similar to those sold by Modcloth, you'll love the styles in this book.

I am so pleased to see that Tanya has used an extended size range for the patterns. Many pattern books (such as BurdaStyle's misses size books, and Japanese pattern books) top out somewhere equivalent to a size 12 or 14 ready-to-wear. This is unfortunate as many women in the plus size range are turning to sewing in order to create attractive clothing for themselves. So, a big thanks go to Tanya for being inclusive in this area.

I've already picked out my first project from the book, and looking forward to making it!


Beluga® [Premium Tempered Glass] for Apple iPhone 5S / iPhone 5C / iPhone 5 - Tempered Glass Screen Protector - Scratch Proof - Shatter Proof - Ultra Clear - Easy to Install [1-Pack, 2.5D Rounded Edges] [Super Thin 0.3mm]
Beluga® [Premium Tempered Glass] for Apple iPhone 5S / iPhone 5C / iPhone 5 - Tempered Glass Screen Protector - Scratch Proof - Shatter Proof - Ultra Clear - Easy to Install [1-Pack, 2.5D Rounded Edges] [Super Thin 0.3mm]
Offered by BELUGA Designs


EXHEED® iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S Screen Protector - High Quality Ballistic Tempered Glass Protector (Retail Package with Lifetime Warranty - USA Seller)
EXHEED® iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S Screen Protector - High Quality Ballistic Tempered Glass Protector (Retail Package with Lifetime Warranty - USA Seller)
Offered by EXHEED
Price: $6.95
2 used & new from $6.95


Franco Sarto Kara Large Cross Body Bag,Wine,One Size
Franco Sarto Kara Large Cross Body Bag,Wine,One Size

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, January 15, 2015
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Great size, large enough to stash an iPad in the main compartment but small enough to be a crossbody.


Womens 100% Silk Great Nature Pattern Scarf (Seaplants-LightBlue)
Womens 100% Silk Great Nature Pattern Scarf (Seaplants-LightBlue)
Offered by *daisysboutique*
Price: $14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, January 15, 2015
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Very pretty scarf, and finding a silk scarf at this price is a bargain!


Faceted Cabochon Collar Statement Necklace, 18.25"
Faceted Cabochon Collar Statement Necklace, 18.25"

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice costume jewelery statement necklace, January 15, 2015
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Equivalent in quality to Charming Charlie, etc. for less. Nice costume jewelery statement necklace.


Premium Elegant Peacock Feather Scarf Wrap, Purple
Premium Elegant Peacock Feather Scarf Wrap, Purple
Offered by TrendsBlue
Price: $8.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, January 9, 2015
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Fabric quality isn't fantastic but colors are beautiful. For the price, it's nice.


iXCC Element Series 3ft Apple MFi Certified Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro - White
iXCC Element Series 3ft Apple MFi Certified Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro - White
Offered by iXCC
Price: $14.99


Briggs New York Women's Plus-Size Comfort Bistretch Straight Leg Pant, Blue, 18W
Briggs New York Women's Plus-Size Comfort Bistretch Straight Leg Pant, Blue, 18W

2.0 out of 5 stars OK for the price but..., January 30, 2014
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I bought this for an inexpensive alternative to the black pants that dominate my winter wardrobe.

The title suggests that the pants are made of a material with stretch. The pair I received has no stretch in the fabric. It also seems to run a little large. I could almost have gone down a size smaller. Also, the waist is high in the front but lower in the back.

I like the flat front of pull-on pants with sweaters, but I'm really not impressed with the fit of this particular pair.


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