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Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear 5th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1405175678
ISBN-10: 1405175672
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Dr Winifred Aldrich was formerly Professor of Clothing Technology at Nottingham Trent University. She has also written two books specifically to enable students to extend their knowledge of fabrics and tailored garment cutting: Fabric, Form and Flat Pattern Cutting and Pattern Cutting for Tailored Jackets. Her other books include: Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear and Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405175672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405175678
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dintas Gimfil Pikil Joyce on November 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book having compared it to Helen Joseph Armstrong in the bookstore. I found it less bulky and easier to find patterns and ideas because the layout is more condensed and not spread over 500 pages. The amount of information in there is phenomenal. I have Dorothy Moore's Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking book as well, but I keep coming back to Aldrich! I drafted her skirt pattern and used pattern drafting principles in her book-and the skirt was the most perfectly form fitting 7-gored skirt I have ever made! I plan to get all of her books on Pattern Drafting. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because the diagrams aren't labeled Fig1, Fig2 etc-so sometimes I get confused as to which diagram the instructions refer to. But it is not an insurmountable difficulty.
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After using this book for some time, I can now recommend it gladly. It is a book for those who know how to sew, but need to get their patterns in magazines or other publications. With this book, if you are familiar with the metric sistem (to do this with inches and all its crazy partitions would be madness, i think) you will be able to take your own measures, and construct a whole range of different models that fit you just perfect. It is a method to learn how to draw the basic block patterns and then how to modify them to construct all the variations. All your basic wardrobe is there, including bodyshapers, bikinies, jeans, tracksuits, all kind of skirts and trousers, jersey and tailored dresses and jackets... well, it is really complete. I am so enthusiastic about this book I just bought the one for men's wear, to be able to construct the perfect pants for my husband. A must for any home dressmaker.

Addendum: I am working with the book and have found two big problems so far. There are two patterns with side panels which I cannot figure out, for the sake of me. One is the Semi-Fitted princess line dress, in page 116 (where do the side panels go???) and the other is the Fitted Casual Jacket (where do I draw the panel lines????) Maybe these references are somewhere in the book, but I have been going around and around and I cannot find where to draw these lines). If somebody knows, I would gladly listen!!!
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This book gives you the directions to produce any piece of clothing you may want. There are bodice blocks, trouser blocks, skirt and dress blocks as well as flat blocks (one that use no shaping with darts.) Included are also collars, sleeves and necklines. You can apply standard dimensions which are included in the beginning to follow directions for each respective block. Or, you can apply your very own measurements if they don't correspond to the standard sizes as illustrated. This is a wonderfully comprehensive book. I am a novice sewer but was very eager to understand the cutting process and the magic of transforming 2D into 3D. The joining the dots process of recreating these blocks, allows one to understand the building blocks (no pun intended) of a pattern. The layout of the book is clear as are the instructions. A lot of work went into this book.
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This is a great womens basic patterns fashion design book for amateurs designers, who wanted not only to explore new ways to create his own clothes but also a start point for study the basics womens patterns to develop a fashion collection.. Absolutely recommendable!
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This small book is loaded with tons of patterns and designs. I had a previous version of the book and they had made some nice additions. The flat cutting section has been expanded to include more garments that I can't wait to try.
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This book is great! I can use it as a reference for making my own patterns. It tells where and what to measure for making different styles of garments. It covers a lot of information. By no means are the pattern formulas perfect though, i do think that you need some experience and intuition to know how to adjust them for better fit or adjust them for your purpose. Good for intermediate sewers. Pattern formulas only, no sewing or construction instructions. You will need enough experience do to that part yourself.
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Very informative and shows in great detail how to pattern make many different designs. May be slightly frustrating for novice pattern maker, but if you persist it becomes easier to understand.
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This has given me a major boost in understanding of patternmaking. Very detailed, methodical and what many of us "visual" learners need, detailed sketches. It's my go to book for sure!
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