Make your own pattern from that dress, jacket, or shirt you love-it's easy, it takes less time than altering a pattern, and you know it will fit. If you understand basic garment
construction, you can learn this technique in an evening-you need no pattern-drafting skills and few tools-and color photos take you step-by-step through the process. Doyle's generous with other tips, including ways to improve the workmanship of purchased clothing. 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 X 10. FROM THE CRITICS Library Journal There are several good reasons to duplicate clothing for which no commercial pattern exists: a fatal spill may have destroyed an expensive garment; there is a desire to copy a well-fitting purchase in a different fabric or color; or a favorite garment has been worn to the point that mending is no longer an option. Doyle demonstrates how to take an existing garment and make a pattern faithful to the originalwithout equipment more elaborate than cork sheeting, tracing wheel, pins, and paper. Assuming the reader is already familiar with basic garment construction, she works through the process of analyzing a finished garment and preparing a paper pattern and construction plan for it. In the process, she demonstrates how much the amateur sewer can learn about sewing by "dissecting" the work of commercial designers. A unique reference for sewing collections.
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