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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (29 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405175672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405175678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metric Pattern Cutting for Women s Wear, first published in 1975, provides a straightforward introductory book for students beginning courses in flat pattern cutting.

This fifth edition continues to offer an introduction to the principles of pattern cutting, with a range of good basic blocks and examples of their application to garments.

New for this edition is the inclusion of colour to help students recognize the different sections of the book and to enhance the garment illustrations? Colour illustrations also offer a new dimension to the updated material on computer–aided design and the CAD chapter now provides students with a clear guide to the technology.

The size charts have been revised to reflect the changes in body sizing, the co–ordination with European size charts and to the way that clothes are now marketed to different sectors. The great expansion of casual wear has led to the growth of ′flat cutting′ with no darting, and the section devoted to this type of cutting has been further expanded.

This best–selling textbook with its tried–and–tested presentation of authoritative text and clear diagrams remains the essential purchase for students of fashion and design.

About the Author

Dr Winifred Aldrich was formerly Professor of Clothing Technology at Nottingham Trent University. She has also written two books specifically to enable students to extend their knowledge of fabrics and tailored garment cutting: Fabric, Form and Flat Pattern Cutting and Pattern Cutting for Tailored Jackets. Her other books include: Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear and Metric Pattern Cutting for Children′s Wear and Babywear.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By nitoda on 5 Oct. 2010
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Using this book I was able to cut myself a pattern for a pair of stretch denim shorts to fit my shape. This was only my second foray into pattern cutting, the first being by adaptation of a basic pattern, (Betty Foster), but by carefully following instructions I was able to create the paper pattern, and make the garment to fit me. This book contains instructions for creating patterns for just about every conceivable womenswear garment you'd want to make, with the exception of lingerie. It includes instructions for using stretch and jersey fabrics as well as the more traditional woven fabrics. I wouldn't be without this book. I would recommend it to anyone who has experience of dressmaking and pattern adaptation but wants to branch out into creating their own patterns. It isn't so suitable if you don't have any experience as it *is* a technical book and it does look daunting on first opening because of all the detail inside. I'm currently doing some courses in simple pattern cutting and my tutor uses this book, though she does suggest trying blocks from different books as they do vary and it's important to find a block that suits your own figure if you're using it for personal garment construction. I intend to use this book over and over and over again. Your local public library or college library will probably have copies if you want to borrow before you buy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Pawsey on 29 May 2009
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The first section of this book deals with drawing and cutting pattern blocks, that's like the basics of pattern design. Then it shows you how to adapt those blocks to end up with different shapes and effects. There are more types of sleeves, collars, frills, etc than I thought possible!
It is hard work, as learning anything this complicated and 3D from a book will always be difficult. I've spent a long time scratching my head, and also referring to sewing encyclopaedias. But I'm really really pleased to be able to design things that actually fit me! It's the one time it's really good to be a non-standard shape - you know it's going to be worth the time and effort to design things specially.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rmusic1 on 22 Feb. 2013
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A lot of people have rated this book very highly. It may indeed result in a successful fit. However, this assumes you can work your way through the densely packed cramped text with small complex line drawings, with instructions criss crossing through out the book.

I'm new to pattern drafting and my dressmaking tutor told my class to buy this book. I had hoped, as we were all novices to pattern drafting, this would hold us by the hand. For someone experienced in pattern drafting I am sure they will be much more confident in reading through the instructions. I was left increasingly frustrated, after having to flick backwards and forwards to find out what "standard" measurements to use (hang on, isn't drafting your own pattern supposed to be based purely on your measurements?) and then having to figure out where I was for the next step.

I'm very much a visual learner, and would not recommend this book for people who don't do well with long sections of concise technical text. I've been dressmaking for three years, so am certainly used to pattern pieces in general, so I wouldn't blame general lack of dressmaking to be the cause of my difficulties with this book.

I've looked at how pattern drafting explained by other sources and felt many were more beginner friendly. By all means, this book covers a lot, but I would steer clear of it as a beginner unless you have someone to help you go through it in detail. Unfortunately my tutor hasn't really helped translate it very well for me! my friend (who also bought the book) has despaired after drafting two bodice blocks and cutting out a muslin, to discover it didn't fit her bust. Only at this point, half way through the book did she find out (not mentioned earlier) that if you have a fuller bust you need to make additional modifications when drafting the pattern. This kind of lack of clarity is very off putting, and could have been much better explained/laid out.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 2 Feb. 2009
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I originally bought this book in 1982 and have used it loads.
I'm not an average size and shape so got fed up of trying to alter comercial patters to fit. It takes a bit of patience, trial and error, lots of paper and material to make mock ups, to eventually understand exactly how to construct patterns for real people. The book in essence is still aimed at comercial designers. An additional chapter on how to adjust the basic blocks for individuals would be useful. I have a small back in comparison to my front and I am deep as oppsed to wide. I draw lines down my side and take measurements seperately for back and front and use those to draft the front and back seperately as opposed to using the full bust, waist and hip measurements as in the book. I bought this new edition for my daughter and will be borrowing it back as it has some very useful additional chapters to my original.
You do need some experience of garment construction to use this book as there are no instructions on how to make up the garment, or else you need someone who is familiar with pattern drafting and construction as a "phone a friend".
You will be amazed how much better you look in clothes that are made specifically to fit you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sewinganne on 27 April 2009
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An essential for beginner pattern cutters, used as a text book. Basic instructions to adapt the blocks, great to gain confidence, at which point you might want to move on to a more "wordy" writer like Natalie Bray. Patterns aren't necessarily the prettiest rf the most up to date, but the information is there.
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