- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Apparel Technical Svcs; third edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966320840
- ISBN-13: 978-0966320848
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A very useful and practical, real world book - oct 1998 -- a reader for El Paso Texas
Super. A must for those serious about starting a business. -- a reader in columbia SC
This book is a must have for everyone starting a business!
If you are serious about starting a sewn product -- a reader from Albany NY
About the Author
Kathleen Fasanella is a patternmaker with over 25 years experience in the apparel manufacturing industry.
She has also acted as a consultant and a work shop host.
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I am a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and I am currently working as an assistant designer.
I worked hard in school and absorbed everything I could from projects, books, professors, and internships within my short time there.
However, when I entered the industry, I was overwhelmed and frightened by the sheer amount of knowledge and savvy that I lacked.
The discrepancy between fashion school and how the industry is actually run came as such a shock to me that I actually felt betrayed by my school for not equipping me adequately.
(Don't get me wrong. While I was attending FIT, I thought I couldn't have been receiving a better education)
And dreaming about the future while watching Project Runway didn't help either.
The head patternmaker at my job recommended this book to me when she noticed how much I was struggling to keep up.
Conclusion? ALL FASHION-RELATED MAJORS SHOULD READ THIS BOOK during their education, so as to avoid a rude awakening like I got.
It is a comprehensive introduction to the industry that portrays the realities.
Fot interns and newly-minted assistant designers, the fashion industry rarely involves the glamour of picking colors or fabrics or drawing fashion illustrations or sketches or draping sheer fabric in cascading flows over the dressform. It's more about counting fabric yardage, ensuring trim dunnage, carrying rolls of fabric across the city, picking up markers, delivering sample patterns and cutter's musts, picking up your bosses' dogs and dry-cleaning, sitting on the factory floor going through hundreds of garments for loose stitches, chasing the designer and patternmaker and sample-maker so they each get their work done on time, spending hours on excel charting up the production schedule and fabric ETA schedule etc etc.
Ms. Fasanella's book covers these facets and more that actually make the fashion world go around.
Whether you are a fashion student wanting to run your own label some day or wanting to work for a famous designer, you still need to know how the industry works.
The earlier you educate yourself, the better prepared you'll be!
I loved reading the book and knowing that I can reference it any time I need it is truly reassuring! Though I didn't follow most of the technical aspects like patterning making, I'm glad it was covered so I can at least feel ' a little educated' when having a discussion with my pattern maker (get the gist of what they are talking about instead of spacing out!!!).
Being so wet behind the ears, a newbie in this industry, I was really glad when Kathleen also covered the many ways one can obtain financing when starting out in her book as well as how to 'seriously' approach a fabric wholesaler! Boy, I would have messed that up Royally, had I not read her insights into approaching or dealing with a fabric wholesaler!
Let's put it this way, I am glad I read the book before getting started at all!!!
Thank you Kathleen for sharing your wisdom!! Generations upon generation will benefit from all your invaluable insights and experiences!!! I'd rather start on the right footing than start on guess work - mine!
This really is a MUST READ for any serious designer wanting to be manufacturer too!!!
This book which was published in the late 1990's would benefit from some editing and from some updating as well.