How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns: From store-bought patterns to drafting your own: a complete guide to fashion sewing with confidence

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns: From store-bought patterns to drafting your own: a complete guide to fashion sewing with confidence


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An accomplished fashion designer shows people 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.


From the Publisher

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The techniques in this book can be used with patterns of all shapes, sizes, and styles, and by dressmakers of all skill levels

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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, sewing machine, sewing, dressmaking, equipment, fabric

Tools and Materials, sewing machine, sewing, dressmaking, equipment, fabric

Commercial patterns, cutaway neckline, easily adapted, shape, body shape

Commercial patterns, cutaway neckline, easily adapted, shape, body shape

Altering a pattern, alterations, custom fit, garment

Altering a pattern, alterations, custom fit, garment

Designing Your Own Patterns, designing, patterns, pattern blocks, altering, fit, design, garments

Designing Your Own Patterns, designing, patterns, pattern blocks, altering, fit, design, garments

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.

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