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Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified Paperback – September 22, 2009
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1. I was tired of store bought patterns not keeping up with fashion trends.
2. I wanted to learn pattern making for a better fit.
This book goes into good detail without getting too technical and overwhelming. The book is organized into 3 parts with an additional section on Making Patterns from Existing Clothes.
An interesting fact about the author:
Cal Patch was a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters and Free People before creating her own label.
**I did a video review so others could get a better peak of "what's inside the book"**
I suppose we of this figure type will have to rely on Kathleen Cheethams' patterns (Petite Plus) and add lenth if we need it, or go to one of the more in depth tutorials on patternmaking.
I gave the book 4 stars because there is a wealth of information here on pattern variation that would work for anyone. Once you have a pattern that fits, there are so many things that can be done with it to construct other garments. So, though the patterns themselves won't work for me, the book is a keeper.
There are excellent instructions for taking a complete -and I do mean complete - set of body measurements. Be sure to do this exactly as intructed, and don't be tempted to skip this part or take fewer measurements! Taking measurements is probably the hardest part of the whole project, but once that is done you will find everything else much easier. After you have made and tested the first pattern,there are further instructions for modifiying the basic pattern to create various styles. The book includes simple sewing instructions, and all of the sample garments in the book can be made using a basic home sewing machine and ordinary materials and notions that you can find in any sewing store. (Experienced sewers can just substitute whatever methods they normally prefer).Read more ›
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I took a class from cal patch and I think she is a great teacher. I love the book and I wish she would teach more classes. I learned a lot from her.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great tool to learn how to make your own clothes. I purchased the book after watching Cal on Creativebug. She makes things really simple.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Stewart
No it did not. Threads Fitting every figure is the bible for sewers this book's designs were not to my taste. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer