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The Art of Fashion Draping 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1609012275
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An invaluable teaching tool for fashion design, apparel, and patternmaking students and professionals, this user-friendly bestseller teaches the different methods of -- and principles involved in -- draping fabric on a dress form. The Art of Fashion Draping, 4th Edition is organized from basic to advanced topics and includes a wide variety of styles. A wealth of two-color how-to illustrations, updated for the 4th edition to reflect current fashion, visually spell out every step of the draping and pinning process.

About the Author

Connie Amaden-Crawford is a licensed designer for The McCall Pattern Company under the Butterick label and is President and CEO of Fashion Patterns by Coni.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 4 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609012275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609012274
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 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: #66,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been sewing garments for a long time now, but always with the normal paper patterns that you can draft yourself or buy online or in sewing magazines. But through project runway, I got interested in the use of draping techniques, especially when you want to design you own clothes. I'm not saying that this can't be done with a paper pattern, but on the dress form you instantly see if a design is good or bad. So, I wanted to learn how to drape. If they gave draping classes in my part of the world I would have taken one, but seeing how they don't I have to teach myself. So I started looking for a good book that would teach me the basics of draping but would also grow further with me to intermediate and - hopefully - advanced skill level. And this book does just exactly that. It starts out very simple, with materials and tools and give you an overview of different sewing terms. After that you start with the basics. A bodice, a skirt, pants. Al this is done with very clear step by step instructions that are very easy to follow. After the basics you start with some intermediate skill projects. She even has a whole chapter on certain materials like knits, which are a bit tricky to sew, if you don't know how. Also on collars, ruffles, casual and formal dress designs... the list is endless. The book ends with advanced designs, like the cowl (which I've wanted to learn how to make for ages now), jackets, collars, the casual and formal dresses and fitting methods. I was a little bit hesitant about buying because of the price. But I know that it will take me years to try out every single design in this book, so I believe the price was well worth it. Oh yes, you will need a dress form for this.
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Buy it. I know that will cost you more than $90, but it really worth the money. It is an amazing draping class - even for me, a begginner drapist. The book has a lot of easy to follow illustrations, so it makes the patterns construction a piece of cake. And avoids all of that measuring, tracing on paper, transfer to fabric.. Have fun! ;)
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This was a required text book for my daughter. About 1/2 way through the semester she discovered there were blank pages in her copy. We were outside of the 30 day return date, so I had to chat with someone to get a return for refund authorized. Amazon did this, but we also had to re-order the book & it had gone up significantly in price. Lesson learned is that from now on when I purchase books, particularly textbooks, I will check them carefully as soon as they arrive. If you order this book, you need to look through it carefully when you receive it, because I doubt my daughter's copy was the only defective one.
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It's a pretty good book overall. It teaches you how to drape a variety of garments using proper terminology for everything. The only thing is my copy of the book is missing pages 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 32, 33, 36, 37, 40, 41, 44, and 45.
The photo in my post is the unprinted page 45, you can see 46 ghosting through.
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While there's definitely some good information in here, and some interesting projects and concepts, there are about 20 pages missing - they're just blank, and it makes it very difficult, obviously, to figure out the steps. It's also badly printed, and bound. I love these books, but wish someone else was publishing them, and for the price, there are other books that will last you a lot longer.
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Thank you in sharing this incredible book. I look forward to using it's timely information on my current project and future on as well. Your book arrived on time and in excellent condition. I was not worried about the small marks on the book cover. Thank you for the consideration of the matter. I have been teaching my niece how to sew, we will enjoy this book's information tremendously. :)
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Really great and easy images to follow. Sometimes the projects are a bit limited to specific silouettes, but they try to provide a wide variety of looks. The book arrived in great shape and on time as described.
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I love the illustrations in this book, and the gorgeous cover (!) they're much more up to date than the drawings in my Hilde Jaffe book (I have the older 2004 edition). It is interesting working with both books but the Jaffe/Relis draping book is far more comprehensive than this or any other book I have on draping and I always go back to it. The biggest problem I have with this book is that it fell apart the first time I used it. I opened to a subject in the middle, I think the Princess dresses, lay the book on my workbench and the glue holding the pages together cracked so now the pages fall out all the time. not great for a working tool. I expected a better quality product with the price of this book.
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