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How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns: From Shop-bought Patterns to Drafting Your Own: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing with Confidence [Paperback]

Lee Hollahan
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Book Description

30 Jan 2010
A guide to getting the most from sewing patterns, from choosing the right size to translating flat shapes into wearable garments.It shows you how to change the shaping,length and detailing to suit your own body shape, taste and style, and once you've mastered that it shows you how to make a new pattern out of a store-bought pattern or even draft you own patterns from scratch. This book is suitable for the amateur as well as the more experienced dressmaker.

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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: 22.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,326 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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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - highly recommended 14 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Mar 2010
By R
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 16 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived today and bought based on reviews here. Whilst it is probably a good book I was disappointed. It is much more recent than my other books but doesn't add anything new. I ordered it together with Built by Wendy to which it pales in comparison, whilst I had expected more from this one.

Much of the content is similar to information provided free with bought patterns and in sewing magazines. The style is dry and informative like a text book which doesn't do much to get my creative spirit going.

The basic fitting alteration are pretty basic and suitable for beginners. The book doesn't cover more advanced fitting problems in strong contrast to the section on block fitting a dummy which is more intermediate and doesn't cover padding your dummy.

It covers a lot of ground but I can only recommend this to people who don't already own other sewing books.

My printed copy was faulty so I am planning on returning it. If it had been better I might have kept it regardless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every Dressmaker should have one 11 May 2011
By JJ
Format:Paperback
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 16 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing today 10 July 2011
By Pauline
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Mandy
Format:Paperback
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction 7 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is very clear and easy to understand - I think it will inspire many people to take their sewing a bit further. But if you're not so interested in the designing and drafting, and really want detailed help with adapting and fitting, Marcy Tilton's book, 'Easy Guide to Sewing' might be a better choice, and it also has more on how to sew.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity needed!
Only arrived this evening (ordered yesterday). Really looking forward to getting started making my own patterns! I've got some fabric, now I need some ideas.
Published 4 days ago by Mary-Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book!
Published 15 days ago by Joanna Karmowska
5.0 out of 5 stars Just realised what a most useful book I had purchased
Just realised what a most useful book I had purchased. So glad that I didn't pack it away along with all other household items as works are currently being undertaken. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Hotstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars full workshop in a book.excellent
Love this book.easy to follow, as a beginner I am having some issues, but down to me not the book.very informative..love it.would definately recommend..a full workshop in a book
Published 29 days ago by cass-gill
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book with clear instructions
A really good book with clear instructions. Will be having many hours of use from this whilst attempting to design dresses just for me, that fit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy pensioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. Especially the part that shows you the difference ...
Very useful. Especially the part that shows you the difference in making sizes with their charts etc.
Published 1 month ago by Miss Diane C Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, I can now alter my patterns with ease, and with confident.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it is exactly what I needed to help me develop my dress making and pattern design skills and have original patterns
Published 3 months ago by SHELLEY FITZPATRICK
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but..
It's probably aimed more at "regular" people who are around the average height. Also, the sizes in this book for the patterns provided go from a UK size 8 to a UK size 20. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use & achieve!
A lovely book which is well written with clear instruction and illustration; whether you are adapting patterns or designing your own, this book is easy to use and achieve!
Published 4 months ago by Bea
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