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In the mission of drafting my own patterns, and after a lot of web search, I’m looking for a pattern drafting book.

Could you please recommend a book on the topic that will help me draft proper patterns? There are a lot of different ones out there, and I don’t know which one covers most of the material.



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    May 12, 2012, 12.24 PMby katexxxxxx

    I used to swear by Winifred Aldrich’s metric pattern Cutting series… But the more I use them the less satisfying they become. I think the womens wear one is fine if you are a fairly standard size, but it fails much above a size 16… And the menswear one has some serious errors in it. I shall be watching the answers with some interest.

    I have just ordered these, and will let you know what they are like when they arrive:

    The Practical Guide To Patternmaking For Fashion Designers: Menswear Lori A Knowles

    The Victorian Tailor Jason Maclochlainn

    Basics Fashion Design 07: Menswear John Hopkins (this pre-loved)

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    May 14, 2012, 12.23 AMby tailorstack

    I have “Patternmaking for Fashion Design” by Helen Joseph-Armstrong. It was on our list of books for college and I still use it to this day. Illustrations are total 80’s but pattern making is solid. Covers drafting block patterns based on your measurements then has sections for finer details eg, collars, sleeves, necklines. Also has section on children’s wear and knits/stretch.

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    May 15, 2012, 05.46 PMby katexxxxxx

    The Lori Knowles one arrived today, along with the Victorian one. Both look fab.

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      May 16, 2012, 05.01 AMby ofec

      Can information from the Victorian one be used for women as well? It looks interesting in amazon…

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      May 16, 2012, 07.54 AMby katexxxxxx

      No, not for cutting: it’s strictly menswear. menswear and ladies clothing were cut VERY differently at the time.

      A huge amount of the difference between menswear like suits and coats is in the different way they are constructed internally, between the lining and the outer cloth. Menswear is constructed so that the coat is fashion shaped on the outside and man-shaped inside. Women’s tailored garments have a lot less construction in them and are made to fit the form of the wearer.

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    May 16, 2012, 02.47 AMby JudyR5

    Winifred Aldrich is my go-to for childrenswear (which is what I primarily draft) and I also own copies of her menswear and womenswear books. In general the later the issue, the more comprehensive the information. (There are a few errors in the childrenswear one I use, but so far they have been minor and easily recognized.) I have also used the Joseph-Armstrong one (but only for children) and wasn’t thrilled with the draft. Brilliant for information of pattern manipulation to create designs though. I also have a couple of books by Natalie Bray, published and revised between the 60s and 80s which have all sorts of interesting drafts in them (which I have yet to try).

    If you only want to buy one book (to start with anyway!) my personal preference would be Aldrich. She covers a lot of ground, thoroughly, and in my opinion is good value for money.

    If your local library has any books on drafting that would be a great place to start looking.

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      May 16, 2012, 05.03 AMby ofec

      Thank you, I didn’t know about Aldrich’s books and I would probably try it, my local library has nothing on sewing :) Can’t wait to start, I’m so excited.

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