Design-it-yourself Clothes

Design-it-yourself Clothes

Patternmaking Simplified

Book - 2009
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If you've ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you're simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing.


Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes , former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can't find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you've reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for.

In five key projects (each with four variations)--a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants--Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it's much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.

But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing--so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.
Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307451392
0307451399
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm

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brinyurchin
Jul 22, 2016

I ended up buying this one for the advice on measuring and pattern making. Though I have to admit I have not made anything yet. But, now that it's on my shelf it can stare at me until I do.

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BlankParchment
Jan 26, 2013

While this book does have some helpful advice, like how to draft patterns using only paper and your measurements, it was mostly unhelpful to me. One of the things I disliked about it was the absence of diagrams and photos that explained exactly what the text was telling you to do. Instead you're mostly stuck trying to imagine how to preform the actions you're told to do without knowing what each step should look like when you're done with it. Also, the pattern projects in the book are really not the nicest looking in my opinion. There were only one or two designs I liked. However, that is personal opinion and your own view of the clothes in the book may be totally different. This book does not go very in-depth in most areas. It is just enough information to start a person on the path to sewing their own clothing, whereupon the person would need another book with better information to help them. The list of personal measurements is quite extensive and helpful, though. Even though this book is not the best, I'd still say check it out. If you don't know too much about this area of sewing this book will help you at least figure out some things. And the best thing is that you can get it at the library and not have to pay for a book that you may soon outgrow.

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luv2sew96
Aug 29, 2012

i love this book. i love the designs. i love the photography. pretty much everything about it!! :)

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devissersarah
Oct 30, 2011

I don't like very many of her pattern examples but the advice on making your own patterns is worth it! Definitely a reference book for every sewist who makes her own clothing!

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Sister_Mary
Aug 30, 2011

This is an inspiring book to begin patterning your own clothes. There are some fitted and loose fitting styles, definitely worth a read. I own this book. Great reference.

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22950009541673
Sep 17, 2010

While the styles shown are for teenagers, the principles make an excellent start for anybody who wants to begin to design their own clothing. The book begins with several basics, and then diagrams how to make changes to get a garment that looks much different.

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