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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 – 30 Jan 2010

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a useful guide'
--Sewing World, August 2010

About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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