Thursday, 10 October 2013

Book Review - Design It Yourself Clothes

 Photo from Amazon


 Many modern sewers are looking to draft their own patterns - but the only books that teach the skill are dry and outdated. Design-It-Yourself Clothes is a comprehensive guide to pattern drafting from concept to execution by Cal Patch, a fashion designer with a modern aesthetic. Cal offers 5 key projects, each with 4 variations. She covers how to measure your body and draft a perfect-fitting skirt, T-shirt, button-down shirt, dress and trousers. Insider tips, explanations and exercises are sprinkled throughout, plus readers are shown how to create patterns from the clothes already in their wardrobes - without ripping out a single seam!

Part 1 - Before You Begin
In this section you will find:
Preparing to make the patterns
Taking your measurements

Part 2 - Making The Patterns
In this section you will find:

The A Line Skirt
 Basic Skirt
Laura Skirt 
Rosie Skirt

The Fits You To A Tee Shirt
Basic T
Marguerite T
Charlotte Top

The Button Down Shirt
Basic Shirt
Betsy Jacket
Stella Blouse

All Dressed Up
Basic Dress
Gertie Dress
Miette Dress

 Miss Fancy Pants
Basic Pant
Annie Trousers
Olivia Knickers
Part 3 - Customising, fitting and Grading

Phoebe Skirt
Carla Palazzo
Miho Shirt
 Sofie T
Kathy Dress

Throw A Fit
Making The Grade
Pattern Making from Existing Clothes
Insider Sewing Techniques

Design It Yourself Clothes is available from Amazon 

Disclosure: I buy sewing books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers.

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