How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns

[from Store-bought Patterns to Drafting You Own : A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing With Confidence]

Book - 2010
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An accomplished fashion designer shows women who make their own garments how to improve on store-bought sewing patterns by adjusting the clothing item's length and other details to reflect personal taste and create a custom fit. The book's opening chapters present an illustrated guide to the tools, equipment, and fabrics needed for making garments, while also serving as a miniature textbook to teach basic sewing techniques. Chapters that follow offer detailed instruction in adapting and altering a store-bought pattern to suit individual tastes. Alterations include adding flare, and modifying the shapes of bodices, arm holes, neck lines, sleeves, and skirts. The book's concluding chapters instruct on designing one's own patterns from scratch. Author Lee Hollahan demonstrates to her readers that once they understand how to adapt a store-bought pattern, they are well on their way to custom designing their own wardrobe. More than 500 instructive illustrations.
Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, 2010.
ISBN: 9780764144257
Characteristics: 144 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,26 cm.


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Dec 29, 2018

If you're an experienced sewist or pattern drafter, I don't think there's anything new here. I found the book didn't really have a theme or step-by-step instructions for adjusting fit. The drafting instructions are good if you have few fitting problems but doesn't address problems like large upper arm or round tummy. The given pattern blocks are a nice touch but again the book doesn't give instruction for modifying commercial patterns using your 'toile' or muslin. A good starter book for drafting.

One of the best sewing books I have read, very comprehensive, explains in excellent detail, great pictures. If you are starting sewing or have been sewing awhile, either way I think this book is worth the read.

Mar 28, 2014

Awesome book.

Jan 26, 2013

I was quite surprised to be greeted by a long list of over thirty different types of material in the first few pages of the book. I always wanted to know those differences and what each materiel is, so right away I liked this book. My opinion of the book only grew as I read on. The step by step pictures and diagrams included easily showed me how to alter patterns, take measurements, create a straight edge on your materiel and many other things. I plan to buy this book sometime soon so I don't have to request it, wait for it, and return it too soon.

KatSu Jul 24, 2012

This took care of what I needed.
I was surprised at how understandable it was. New clothes are on the way :)

erperera Jun 20, 2012

Great explanations and illustrations for new sewers - far less complex than the Reader's Digest Sewing Guide that I use. It's a bit difficult to discern all the alteration subtleties due to image sizes, but look closely and you should be able to find the intended alteration.

Mar 17, 2011

Easy-to-follow instructions.

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