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  • Book on pattern makiing? - recommendations needed

    OK. Me and the sewing machine are talking properly now.

    I have a few pieces of clothing that need a bit of a make do and mend, nip and tuck, so my knowledge of how clothes go together is growing daily. I am also looking at deconstructing one very well worn dress and using it to make a pattern. That got me thinking.

    Why don't I have pattern blocks (see I watched Projects Catwalk and Runway)?


    Does anyone have any recommendations? Do I need a book or will common sense see me through? You wouldn't think I was taught to sew when I was 5 or 6 would you? I seem to have a hard time regaining my 'just do it' confidence!

    Any handy hints welcome... I am so looking forward to this!
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  • #2
    Not aware of any books I did my pattern cutting as part of my textile design course, hohhum a few years back now. A few on Amazon to look at may also be worth going to a large city library. University of the Arts in London also do workshops.

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    • #3
      I have a really old one (I've had it since the late seventies) called Dress Pattern Designing by Natalie Bray. I did pattern designing as part of A-level needlework, and it's hard to remember not being able to do it as that was decades ago! Some of it is common sense, but I think a book would definitely help you understand it more clearly.

      There may be updated versions of Natalie Bray's book, or secondhand versions to search for on Amazon or eBay.

      Designing and sewing are two very different skills, I don't think pattern designing is something you pick up from sewing - some people sew their whole lives - and very expertly too - but never design.

      Good luck!
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      • #4
        Hiya
        ifen you can get hold of the Readers Digest. Complete Guide to Sewing every thing you will ever need is in it with excelent and every thing you will ever need for making pattern.Amazon will have them i expect dunno might be out of print. If you can,t buy one borrow from someone
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        • #5
          I forgot about RD mine is in the loft, dog eared but much loved, will have to get Lee to get it down.

          Agree with what Wendy says you normally start with a sketch of the design then put onto a pattern block.

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          • #6
            Thanks.

            There are recent and older versions of both books on Amazon and I am off to Ws for a cup of coffee and a browse.

            I am not sure how far I want to take this. I may only ever use clothes I already have as a pattern, but, as you may have gathered, I do love prevaricating with a good book
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            • #7
              prevaricating is the art of not getting anything done apart from prevaricating
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              • #8
                Another book that will help you to make a basic block is one by Winifred Aldrich. Easy to follow pattern cutting instructions.

                I still have my 1/4 scale pattern cutting folders from my design course too
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                • #9
                  I've made a decision.

                  We're off to Hay on Wye. Then I can browse all those book shops and prevaricate a bit more

                  Thanks for all the ideas, I'm taking them with me... one of the book shops has a coffee shop, gues what I'll be doing on Thursday or Friday this week.

                  Poor old Mike, he'll need the patience of a saint
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                  • #10
                    I had a look at all of the recommendations and accidentally found a book that I must have been told about as it jumped off the shelf at me: Pattern making for the perfect fit.

                    It uses the rub off method - which is apparently what I have been doing! So I brought it home with me and am currently missing the diving cos I can't put it down.

                    I may be some time
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