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Design-It-Yourself Clothes [Paperback]

Cal Patch
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Book Description

7 Nov 2009
Many modern sewers are looking to draft their own patterns - but the only books that teach the skill are dry and outdated. Design-It-Yourself Clothes is a comprehensive guide to pattern drafting from concept to execution by Cal Patch, a fashion designer with a modern aesthetic. Cal offers 5 key projects, each with 4 variations. She covers how to measure your body and draft a perfect-fitting skirt, T-shirt, button-down shirt, dress and trousers. Insider tips, explanations and exercises are sprinkled throughout, plus readers are shown how to create patterns from the clothes already in their wardrobes - without ripping out a single seam!

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (7 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451392
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cal Patch designed clothing and accessories for Urban Outfitters for almost a decade before striking out on her own clothing line. She currently teaches sewing and patternmaking around New York.

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point 25 Nov 2009
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This is a good book to get you started designing your own clothing patterns. The book takes a few basic shapes - a-line skirt, tshirt, trousers and blouse - and, as well as showing how to make them, gives variations on these basics. So, the blouse becomes a jacket, the skirt takes on a yoke and ruffle and so on. The typography is lovely and clear and the diagrams are helpful.

Her writing style is really easy to read and she explains things like grading for different sizes, cut 'n' spread pattern altering and measuring really well. There's also a chapter on how to draft patterns from your favourite pieces of clothing. I especially liked the design process information.

I do have a small criticism, though, and that is that there is little concession made for larger busts - the blouse has no darts or shaping at all! Neither does the jacket or tshirt, and the dress is also not awfully boob-friendly. If you're a more experienced sewer, chances are you'll be able to put in the necessary darts and tucks yourself, but I would really have liked this information integrated into the book with explanations of how it works and how best to shape clothing for curves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 7 April 2010
Previous reviewers are right - it doesn't cover fitting issues like adjusting for the large bust. But there are plenty of other good books covering this tricky subject in depth, such as 'Fit for Real People' and 'Pants for Real People'. But, once you have established a basic pattern that fits well, this book is invaluable for offering options to adapt the pattern to a wide range of more modern styles, basically giving you more 'bang for your buck' from one basic pattern.

I also think it's a good introduction to re-styling patterns. I have more complex and in-depth books on pattern cutting, but I find them difficult to apply to adjust a basic pattern so that the end result remains something modern and flattering enough to actually want to wear. I think this book offers a stepping stone on how such adjustments can be used in an effective way.

The book is probably best for someone with some basic dressmaking experience as I'm not sure all the instructions are in-depth enough for a complete novice. Having said that, this is definitely a book I wouldn't be without!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great 14 July 2010
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Have sewn a lot using commercial patterns and want to start adapting and creating my own patterns. Bought this and another book on the subject. Found this book of limited use. The details of measurement points and the glossary/equipment list is good but the rest of it is slightly disappointing. The design styles shown in the book are aimed at very young sewists (is there such a word?) . Am likely to give it away as a present to a young sewist who has the patience to use it, will appreciate the design styling of the book and like the styles on offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definately recommended 30 April 2012
By Rosie
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to make their own clothes. It simplifies pattern making and teaches you to to make the basics & adapt them to make, well potentially almost anything.

Well worth the buy.
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