How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns

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by Lee Hollahan
     
 

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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

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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.

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"Any general interest library or needlework collection will find this a popular pick!"
--The Midwest Book Review
Library Journal
Pattern making is a key skill for fashion design, and the move from using commercial sewing patterns (or no pattern) to drafting one's own patterns differentiates the amateur from the professional. Hollahan's overview starts with the basics—using and adapting commercial patterns—then focuses extensively on drafting and using custom-made patterns. There's more than nuts-and-bolts pattern making here, though; Hollahan also includes information about designing garments that flatter a variety of body types, as well as the requisite sewing and design basics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764144257
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
229,123
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Lee Hollahan teaches pattern cutting in fashion and fashion textiles at the University of West of England, Bristol. She has designed costumes for TV, film, and the stage, and she frequently lectures on the subjects of pattern construction and the history of fashion.

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How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will not work on Nook tablet, Mac app or iphone4s. B&N had no problem taking my CC, but are having a problem with crediting my CC. Sucks!!!! Not happy at all. This is the second Item I have purchased that does not work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago