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How to make your own sewing patterns by…

How to make your own sewing patterns

by Donald H. McCunn

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This book is a gem.
The (1973) hardback copy I own uses classic examples for most of the illustrations. A few may seem dated (flares and long collar points) but the main strengths of this book is that it teaches, clearly, how to draft a pattern which you modify to the style you wish.
With clear, step by step, instructions which actually EXPLAIN the why and wherefore of doing things the way they are done, this book can hardly be bettered for someone who wants to make clothes that actually FIT instead of buying commercial patterns and spending time tweaking and fiddling to get them comfortable.
The only criticism I could make is that 'How to make your own sewing patterns' doesn't cover fitting problem figures in detail, but in all honesty that is material for specialist study, and by drafting your own patterns from scratch you're starting ahead of the game anyway.
1 vote RSard | Oct 12, 2011 |
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