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From the Publisher
The techniques in this book can be used with patterns of all shapes, sizes, and styles, and by dressmakers of all skill levels
About the Author
Lee Hollahan is a lecturer at the University of the West of England teaching pattern cutting in fashion and fashion textiles. After graduating from Brooks College, Lee went to work in Southern California for swimsuit and sportswear manufacturers before moving to Europe. Once in England, she worked for a number of retail labels in London while running her own freelance companies making costumes for TV, film, and stage.
HOW TO USE, ADAPT, AND DESIGN SEWING PATTERNS
From Store-bought Patterns to Drafting Your Own — A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing with Confidence
Making clothes is fun, fashionable, and thrifty — but how can you find a pattern that fits you just right? And how can you adjust it if it doesn’t?
Once you understand how to adapt a store-bought pattern, you are well on the way to designing your own clothes.
You’ll learn how to:
Choose the right size
Understand all the different markings
Translate flat shapes into wearable garments
Change the shaping, length, and detailing to suit your own body shape, taste, and style
and much more
This books guides you through the process of using and adapting commercial sewing patterns to suit your body, and then moves on the explain how to create your own patterns
Tools and Materials
You’ll find all the information you need on the tools and materials essential for sewing and dressmaking. There is a guide to useful equipment and a full discussion on how to select the right fabric for your project.
All About Commercial Patterns
Commercial patterns were created to enable people to construct their own clothing at home. Produced in a range of sizes, they can easily be adapted to fit different figure shapes.
Buying a store-bought pattern has many benefits. It contains information on everything you will need to know to construct your chosen design.
Altering a Pattern
This chapter introduces you to some of the easier and more common alterations that you may need to make to your commercial pattern in order to create a custom fit for your garment.
For example, when altering a skirt pattern you must remember to add or subtract by the same amount on the front and back pieces.
Designing Your Own Patterns
Explore methods for making your own patterns; whether you use the pattern blocks supplied in the back of this book, or purchase a ready-made, commercial pattern block from a store. You will learn about making your first toile and altering its fit, as well as how to add design details to the garments that you make.