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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (30 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408120003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408120002
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a useful guide'
--Sewing World, August 2010

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Lee Hollahan is a lecturer at the University of the West of England, teaching pattern cutting in fashion and fashion textiles. She has worked for a number of the high street labels in London while running her own freelance companies making costumes for TV, film and stage.

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By lindsay326 on 14 July 2010
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Having sewn for some time I now want to adapt and design my own patterns. Bought this and another book to help me. This is fantastic. It's comprehensive, clear, easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone looking for help on this subject. I really wish that the author ran week-end or week-long courses in pattern alteration. design and cutting so that I could learn from her at first hand.
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By R on 3 Mar. 2010
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I absolutely love this book. This book is easy to understand and has everything step by step that you need/want to know.

There is even block patterns that you just need to scale up to the proper size. I would definitely recommend this book for those who want an all in one book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 11 May 2011
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This book will be very useful to students on Design Technology courses. It is also useful for the experienced dressmaker. Looks modern and up-to-date. Worth adding to your collection, you'll use it year after year.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on 10 July 2011
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I have been sewing for years, adapting shop-bought patterns to fit me with varying degrees of success. This book lays out the method step by step, taking the guess-work out of it, and has opened new realms with the section on drafting your own patterns. I have found from long experience, if you get the pattern right, then the garment follows easily. If you want to make your own clothes then this is the book for you.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bellieshaker on 16 Nov. 2010
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Recently purchased this book and was delighted when i had a quick look through, very clear images and very easy to follow and understand, as a beginner i was hoping it wouldn't be too advanced, but its excellent at explaining each step. Would definitely recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary on 13 Oct. 2014
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Disappointing. A very basic book most suitable for beginners. It tells you how to lengthen & shorten patterns, which the pattern instructions show you any way. It does tell you how to make things slightly bigger or smaller in width, but, for example, it does not show you how to increase or decrease cup size (complete bust alteration) without making the rest of the garment bigger or smaller. It says it's a "complete guide", but it's definitely not.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ceflet on 23 Nov. 2011
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This book is one of the best books I have purchased in this catagory.
It offers a basic understanding of underpinning knowledge of buying, understanding,
preparing, pinning and cutting out a commercial paper pattern.
It goes on to allow the learner to explore pattern alteration, then pattern design.
It displays excellent graphic design, sewing techniques and core information.
It provides the necessary information in a simple format of how to scale up a pattern block. It has lots of highlighted tips for a more professional finish and is an easy format to follow. I would rate this book for fashion students, and novice sewers and as a teacher of the subject I really enjoyed everything this book has to offer and will be using it as a resource for my leaners.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 16 Jun. 2011
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A really useful guide with extremely clear illustrations and explanations. I shall use this book a lot in my dressmaking, since it will help me to feel confident that whatever I make will look good and fit well. I chose to buy this book since dressmaking courses are rather a rarity in this area. I was delighted to realise once I had started to read that the book will help me improve my sewing skills.
There are a number of books on similar subjects, but this one with it's wealth of photographs and line drawings makes ideas I had thought complex and difficult so much easier.
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