- Series: The Modern Maker (Book 2)
- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511881054
- ISBN-13: 978-1511881050
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Modern Maker Vol. 2: Pattern Manual 1580-1640: Men's and women's drafts from the late 16th through mid 17th centuries. (Volume 2)
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About the Author
Mathew Gnagy is a professional tailor, designer, and former teacher at Parsons University of Fashion Design in New York City. Best known for his research and skill in pattern development and construction of 16th and 17th century-style clothing, and for his work in creating distinctive knitting patterns and modern knitted garments. His remarkable clothing is highly prized among both high fashion aficionados and historical recreation communities for its aesthetic beauty, authentic feel and famously well-cut and well-crafted execution. Following his successful first books “Knitting Off the Axis: Projects and Techniques for Sideways Knitting”, published by Interweave (November 15, 2011), "The Modern Maker: Volume 1 – Men’s Doublets” Released in 2014 right here on CreateSpace. When Mathew is not teaching or traveling the country lecturing, he works in the New York fashion industry as a designer and as a theatrical tailor for Film, Television and Stage. Mathew can be found online in several historical clothing interest groups, sharing his knowledge and helping people develop the skills necessary to carry them to the next level of their craft.
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The selection and variety of garments presented is really great! You can make a full wardrobe from doublets to breeches to jackets to cloaks (and an equally full selection of women's garments).
So far I have constructed three garments from this book - a ropilla, a doublet, and a pair of breeches. In the past I've always had to make numerous revisions to my patterns before i found something that fit. With these patterns, they all worked on either the first or second draft.
One thing this book does NOT contain is a lot of construction details. For doublets, you should check out Volume 1 of the series. For the other garments, I would recommend following The Modern Maker Facebook page and Patreon to learn the techniques. Hopefully there will be more volumes about construction methods of breeches and women's garments forthcoming!
See my attached image of the Ropilla and Breeches I made using patterns drafted from this book.
I buy reference material expecting to use it for years, and am NOT about to waste money on a cheaply made, especially under modern conditions, PAPERBACK book. And before anyone argues, there is no such thing as a non-cheaply produced paperback.