Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear / Edition 4

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This fourth edition of Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear remains the standard text book but has three majorimprovements.

First, the sections have been re-organised to reflect changes in producing and marketing children’s clothes. Today’s popularity of easy-fitting styles and knitted fabrics means that basic ‘flat’ pattern cutting is used to construct the majority of children’s wear and babywear and this type of cutting is therefore emphasised in this new edition. Shaped blocks and garments, cut to fit the body form, are still included, and are placed in chapters covering some school uniform garments or more expensive fashion or formal clothes. The book now clearly separates the sections useful to student beginners (Parts One, Two and Three), and also offers more advanced or specialist sections for students who wish to pursue a career in children’s wear or for designers working in the different manufacturing sectors of the trade.

The second change in this fourth edition is the introduction of colour coding to the sections; this makes it easier to identify specific processes in the book and enhances the illustrations.

Finally, the size charts have been revised to reflect the changes in body sizing. The clear division of the boys’ and girls’ measurements in the charts has been in response to the way clothes are marketed and to co-ordinate with European size charts. ‘Plus’ charts for heavier children have also been added.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405182928
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 747,723
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Winifred Aldrich is a practising fashion designer, experienced in both the industry and education, and is now working in computer-aided design in her own studio. She was previously a lecturer in Loughborough and London for 14 years and is continuing her research at The Nottingham Trent University. Her books on pattern cutting have become bestsellers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

Introduction 5

Design and pattern cutting for babywear and children's wear6

The growth of children and adolescents 8

Tools and equipment for making patterns 10

Chapter 1 The basic principles – sizing – using theblocks 11


Chapter 2 Specific babywear blocks 23

Chapter 3 Specific babywear adaptations 31


Chapter 4 The 'flat' blocks – woven and jersey fabrics39

Chapter 5 Basic tops, dresses and skirts for girls 57

Chapter 6 Overgarments for girls and boys 69

Chapter 7 Sport and leisurewear for girls and boys 79

Chapter 8 Nightwear for boys and girls 87


Chapter 9 Constructing sleeves 95

Chapter 10 Constructing openings, collars and hoods 109


Chapter 11 Classic blocks for schoolwear and formal wear 121

Chapter 12 Pattern adaptations for schoolwear 149

Chapter 13 Pattern adaptations for girls' formal wear 165


Chapter 14 The basic blocks and size charts 175


Chapter 15 Grading patterns for babywear and children's wear187

Appendix: Aliquot parts 201

Glossary 202

Supplementary body measurements 203

Bibliography and further reading 206

Chapter index 207

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Good book but...

    Not for anyone who doesn't know diddly squat about pattern making like me. I think this book assumes you have knowledge of pattern making. I wish it was more detailed and specific for someone like me with no knowledge of pattern making. And some things I don't understand like the tee shirt, i thought the front of the shirt would have a lower neck but in the picture the back of the shirt does. I wish the author could make a DVD of her actually drawing the blocks and stuff. I wish someone could help me.

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