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I am currently browsing reviews and trying to figure out which edition by Helen Joseph Armstrong is the best when it comes to ease of information conveyed and illustrations. I would also like to know which edition best universally covers the types of fabrics more commonly used today in relation to drafting patterns for. I have only read the 2nd edition and I do like that one a lot but it seems a tad bit outdated. I pretty much create my patterns by visually analyzing a garment or different pieces of garments to creat one also. Any advice or suggestions would be much appericated.


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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.02 PMby mlssfshn

    I have that book and personally hate it. I prefer older pattern making books, they are better written. Pattenmaking books don’t really cover fabric that much there are books that you can purchase about fabric. Fabric for a garment is really determined by the lines and flow of the garment. I’ve looked at several different editions of HJA’s book and they only have added design not made anything more clear. You can join our read-along of Hariet Pepins book here. You find the link to the book for free as well.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 03.03 PMby drflen

    Thanks. I printed that out a while ago… But never got around to reading it.

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    Jun 20, 2010, 03.18 AMby grainline

    If you’re still looking into the Armstrong book go with the latest edition or the one prior to the latest. I wouldn’t recommend any earlier than the last 2 editions as there are mistakes in the math of a few of the drafts.

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    Jun 20, 2010, 08.18 AMby katexxxxxx

    I prefer Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldritch. There is the old basic one, and newer ones for men, women and children.

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