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The Spec Manual 2nd edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1563673733
ISBN-10: 1563673738
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About the Author

Michele Wesen Bryant is an adjunct in the Fashion Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also teaches flats and specs at Parsons School of Design. Bryant has been working in the fashion industry for over 20 years, having had fashion illustrations appear in Vogue, YM, Seventeen, Brides, Women's Wear Daily, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping.Diane DeMers is associate professor of fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and a design consultant for Her Majesty Intimates and Cole Girl's Swimwear. For three years she designed Haute Couture, Pret a Porter, and License collections for Carven Couture in Paris, then continued her design career in New York City with Calvin Klein Intimate Apparel, Adrienne Vittadini, and Malain Knits.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 2nd edition (August 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563673738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563673733
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive, user-friendly guide to the skills and techniques for measuring garments and creating spec sheets. It's an excellent resource book which provides the fundamentals for building, developing, streamlining your flats and specs library. It's a neat and concise reference book you would find so useful that would like to own and keep at hand at all times. Furthermore, the enclosed CD-ROM makes it even more versatile for it offers you the possibility to save, send, print, alter (and carry!) all the information. I find it extremely helpful.
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I have been looking for a book like this for a while. I find most books with information on spec sheet writing complicated and unorganized; not this one, this book separates garments into different chapters such as how to spec a blazer, pant and shorts, a vest, a turtleneck, etc. A simple glance at the glossary and I am able to quickly find the category of clothing I need to build a spec sheet for and have all the information neatly presented in bulletin style with clearly drawn samples of flats indicating how to correctly measure the garment, which is invaluable since so many books tend to assume the reader already knows how to establish measuring points. There is also a handy basic spec sheet template included for every category.

Easy to read and easy to learn --this is one book I am keeping around for a long time.
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This book is great for anyone new at drawing flats and specs, or if you have been in the industry for years, it is a great brush up. I have also taken a class by one of the authors and she made flats easy...just the way the book does it!
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One of the better investments I've made as a small business owner doing freelance technical design work in the apparel industry. it isn't that this book necessarily has new information for me, but its a great reference when I'm doing spec work on a garment that I haven't done in a while. Its like that checks and balance system to help me ensure that I'm doing the very best job for my clients and haven't overlooked anything. Well organized material, clear format and illustrations.
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i purchase this book for a class and i did not expect for it to be as pig of a help as it was. i have had a problem resizing patterns in the past and this book gave spacific risizing infomation that made this purchase well woth it
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This book is comprehensive and exactly what I was looking for when I landed a job as an assistant spec writer at a major design company. I had done a spec sheet - once - at school. After reading this manual, I felt comfortable measuring things and using all the correct abbreviations. Having the excel sheets is awesome, and the clip art included can create a lovely symbols library for easy designing. I also like having an entire set of body templates for flat sketching handy. This is much more than a spec manual - it's like several reference books and worksheet books in one - and it never runs out b/c it's all printable from the included CD!
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i am an apparel design major and i bought this book for the information on how to properly create a specification manual. it was a great purchase and came in great time. it helps with understanding both the detail of laying out a proper spec manual and how to design a proper technical flat.
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Used last semester in class, my book was better than the instructor, she borrowed my book for the class.
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