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How to Make Sewing Patterns Revised Edition
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THAT IS NOT THE CASE WITH MR. McCUNN'S WONDERFUL BOOK! He starts out by showing you how to measure yourself accurately without any helpers.
Then he takes you step-by-step through how to draft the basic patterns from your own measurements. He does NOT give tables of measurements for putting darts in, since the tables don't work for anyone without a "perfect" body. Instead, he explains how to custom fit the basic skirt, pants, bodice, & sleeve patterns to your own body, even if you don't have a "fitting buddy."
And if that isn't enough, he includes instructions on how to design your own clothing styles (or copy those you see in the stores) and then change your basic patterns to make those styles.
He expands on this to show how to make waistbands & cuffs, pockets & plackets, jackets & coats, and even how to make & fit a man's suit. (Yes, this book even has info on making basic patterns for MEN, not just women.)
There is also discussion of how to choose the correct fabric for your style.
As a bonus, he explains how to take your perfectly-fitted basic patterns and turn them into a "fitting dummy" that mirrors your own body perfectly!Read more ›
Rhonda --Atlanta, GA
The chapters on altering patterns for the bodice and sleeves of blouses or of skirt darts and drapes, etc. were amazing and so easy. The word descriptions sometimes get a little confusing, but a quick look at the illustrations makes any issues clearer immediately.
I felt that the explanations especially of fitting the garment to the figure of the wearer were very informative and helpful--they were definitely worth the price of the book. Little that I had learned previously prepared me as well as this book did for fixing design flaws. One still has to recognize what looks well on the individual for whom the apparel is designed, but at last no one is expected to diet down to the figure of a hat-rack with a head to wear a nicely designed and fitted garment.
Those who like to buy commercially made clothing might also appreciate the information on tailoring garments to the figure, since from these instructions, problems areas in fitting might also be corrected with a little additional work.
One of the more interesting facets of the book is the set of instructions for putting together a posterboard designer's model for fitting clothing without the wearer's presence. The stiff material of the paper model of a blouse or dress, sans bust, is made from a pattern, and a padded bra placed over it to help with fitting. Ingeneous and very inexpensive!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a little harder for me to understand. I use Making Your Own Patterns by Rene Beiger for my drafting classes.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first book of patternmaking I purchased and it turns out that this is not suitable for a beginner, though the content is very basic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for learning how to make patterns without all the gaget tools.... Basic is what I like about it....Published 3 months ago by Jean Meanrd
By way of a suggestion, the book would be more convenient to seamstresses if it was wire bound.Published 5 months ago by audrey
This book is wonderful! I am learning step by step. I feel as though I am back school..giggle giggle ... If you want to learn how the process works, this is the book for you!!Published 5 months ago by Tahlula
I rarely write customer reviews. I specifically came here to warn you not to buy this book.
I read the book cover to cover before painstakingly drafting each of the... Read more