My favorite pattern drafting books – Fashion-IncubatorDo you make your own patterns? Are you frustrated with the outmoded looks or outdated texts in patternmaking books? Do you want to finally learn how to make your own patterns and do a good job? Well I have an answer for you. Pattern making is full of absolutely endless possibilities, I know I sound like a broken record, but a single pattern consists of a bounty of variations. It is so key to your improvement and success as a sewer to have good patterns!
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5+ Great Books for Sewing and Patternmaking
Do you have any suggestions for any other pattern drafting or fashion books? First, if you know How we make patterns in real life , you can understand why few pattern makers use pattern books very often. Once you learn slashing, spreading and pivoting, you rarely need them beyond the occasional stray product you rarely make. I think the last time I used a book was one of the Japanese Pattern Magic books and it was experimental. If the style is tailored and fitted in a woven bottom weight or leather, you need a shoulder dart for a smooth silhouette. Somehow she expected to get a knit raglan fit in a 4oz cowhide without a dart. But I digress.
Disclosure: this post has affiliate links, which means if you purchase through one of these links, I get a few cents. The internet is great, but sometimes you want something tangible to grab off a shelf whenever you have a question, and have the materials all in one place, instead of piece-mealing the information you need out of several online articles. So, here are books I love. So I would enlarge the patterns in this book, then fit those basic shapes based on patterns that fit the actors in question. I want to own all three Christmas maybe? Sometimes you just need a general sewing reference. It does not include standard measurements or how to grade, this is strictly how to draft a custom sloper.
Best dressmaking books for beginners
At the time of writing this post, some books were not available on Amazon, but may be available elsewhere. I am only an affiliate for Amazon at this time. This is a great reference book because it covers sewing from a-z. It covers mostly garment sewing but does have a section on sewing for the home. I recommend this book for anyone who is a beginner and knows nothing or very little about sewing.
Basic techniques include seam and hem finishes, sewing buttons and buttonholes and finishing details including bindings and spaghetti straps, tailored pockets and zips. The basics of drafting all fundamental components of a garment are included — from a straight sleeve, to collars, skirts and pants. They will also learn to produce a complete set of slopers, used as the foundation for design variations. Draping: Techniques for Beginners will demonstrate why draping is the most creative way for a designer to turn their design ideas into reality. Readers will learn how to use a dress form and how to prepare the muslin for draping, how to drape basic bodices including a range of darts and necklines and also basic skirts and dresses. Above: Excerpts from the french piping tutorial in Sewing: Techniques for Beginners. Above: Excerpt from the gathered skirt tutorial in Draping: Techniques for Beginners.