I learned a lot. Oh I'm soooo glad you reviewed this book. It's been on my wish list, but I was wondering if would really be something I could follow since I'm such a novice.
I see that parts of it may be a little tricky for someone like me. It's a pet peeve of mine when a "wordy" procedure, or procedure with a lot of lingo is not accompanied with a photo or a drawing…the next picture you get is, "uh, how in the world did they get to that? It does sound useful! Your top came out fabulous! Thanks again for the review!
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Sabra I like your simplified approach to things. I have a pattern making program but you have encouraged me to try something more simple. This is one of my all-time favourite books! I have made dresses, shirts, and pants from this book and found it so helpful. Beautiful shirt, by the way!
I am your newest follower. I am enjoying the wonderful detailed tutorials your offer. Thanks for doing this book review. I was thinking about getting it but I really need visuals to walk me through step by step.
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Thanks again. I'm actually wearing my first attempt at the basic T shirt from this exact book! I was thinking I'd just slant the shoulders down that way a bit or a bit more, I can't remember how it goes. Thanks for the nice review — to make me sure that's probably a good idea to get this book!
Great review and your shirt is super cute! I would agree the book needs way more pictures and to be spiral bound! But the other instructions are pretty good. Squaring pattern corners is taught for production pattern methods so seamstresses in a factory match things up perfectly without pinning and it's a great habit for pattern making. I'm glad Cal mentions this because I've bought patterns online that don't have squared corners and it always annoys me because sometimes the seams don't match up.
Thanks for linking up! Your email address will not be published. It was time to see how well it would really fit me…. Comments I gotta check out this book! Thanks for your review. I've also reviewed this book on my blog. One flaw I can see is that she doesn't have any ease added to the skirt or shirt patterns, though she says in the Measurement section that it will be added later.
But, a very valuable book and yes, definitely more user-friendly than the older books! I wish Cal Patch was older than me and wrote Design-It-Yourself Clothes about 15 or twenty years ago, because when I was 23 years old I would have stalked her. I think she's probably relieved this was not the case, but this is the book I went hunting for when we first moved to New York and I wanted to make my own patterns. Nothing like this was available back then, and if you've been wanting to design and sew your own clothing you're going to love it.
Since this book wasn't available back when I wanted it, I purchased a set of patternmaking textbooks at FIT instead and was immediately overwhelmed by them. Terms were used and not defined, previous experience or classes were assumed, etc. I quickly realized it would have taken at least two of me to get started: one to stand still and the other to take measurements and do fittings.
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It also would have required many hours of work just to get started. I didn't know where to begin. Later I went to school for fashion design and it all became clear, but that didn't make the whole process any less complicated and time-consuming. I did eventually manage to develop my own set of slopers , but it shouldn't have taken more than a year of fashion education to develop the skills to make simple skirts and blouse patterns for myself.
Fortunately, the advanced education was been put to good use elsewhere Anyway, I really like Cal's approach to making patterns. Instead of following the more traditional and convoluted, although very technically worthwhile route, she shows you how to draft a pattern using a set of measurements you take from your body. You'll still need to test the pattern she explains how to make a muslin, or prototype, which is a simplified version of the garment used to adjust the fit before you cut your actual fabric and spend a lot of time sewing it , but with her method you've removed several steps and brought yourself that much closer to having a sewing pattern.
Having said all this, however, I need to add a few cautions before you run off to get the book and whip up a fall wardrobe for yourself. First of all, patternmaking takes time. Just drafting the pattern is rather time consuming, but it's the fitting and adjusting and fitting and adjusting and then determining how to assemble the pieces that really takes a while. So don't get the idea that you're going to stitch together a suitcase full of clothing for yourself before the holidays.
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Start with a simple project the books start with knit tops, but I would suggest starting with a woven shirt since knits can be a little tricky to sew with good results and take your time. Enjoy the process. From start to finish, drafting and finishing one garment might take you several weeks or more than a month.
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