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What book would you recommend as a guide for drafting and fitting trousers? I’m primarily thinking about men’s trousers here, although a book that also deals with women’s would be quite handy. The problem here is that I’ve been eyeing David Page Coffin’s multimedia book on making trousers for some time now, but it explicitly says that it doesn’t deal with drafting and fitting the basic pattern, so I’d like to have something that can teach me to make that well-fitted pattern before I try to delve into the more advanced weirdness in Coffin’s book. And of course there’s also the element of my frustration with ready-made trousers—I’ve tried on several pairs that fit nicely around the legs and hindquarters but the waistline is always too low for my tastes and/or the material is blech (I avoid polyester like the plague because I’ve had a polyester pair catch fire during my Boy Scout days whereas a cotton pair just got lightly singed in a similar incident). So…well, enough rambling. Thanks beforehand for the recommendations.


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    Aug 14, 2010, 09.30 AMby katexxxxxx

    Making Trousers: How to Achieve Great Results by David Page Coffin

    Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body by Pati Palmer, et al


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    Aug 24, 2010, 04.28 PMby bola

    Hi there, I have a book by winifred Aldrich on pattern drafting which has been a great help to me. the book i have is not very comprehensive but she has written a book about menswear which you can get here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pattern-Cutting-Menswear-Winifred-Aldrich/dp/1405131411 . She is really clear and concise in her books I found her method of pattern drafting better than some others I had tried to follow. Hope this helps. bx

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    Sep 16, 2010, 09.31 PMby gedwoods

    I have the David Coffin book KateXXXXXX recommends. Although you are right, this is not an “equivalent” book to his shirt-making book in that it gives less detail about drafting pants, it does provide some basics for the drafting. The reason for the shift in focus is that the quality of a good pair of pants is less in the overall pattern and more in the details of construction, which is where Coffin focuses his attention in this book. So, despite the proviso, this is still a very good book about making pants.

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