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Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear [Hardcover]

Winifred Aldrich
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29 Feb 2008
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women′s Wear was first published in 1975 to provide a straightforward introductory book for students beginning courses in flat pattern cutting. The 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. However, the great expansion of casual wear, cut in jersey or stretch fabrics, has led to the growth of ′flat cutting′ with no darting to create the shape and this edition devotes a whole section to this type of cutting. The sections on computer–aided design and grading have been updated. The size charts of body measurements have been revised, reflecting the changing shape of women′s bodies.

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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: 24.8 x 19.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,936 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential text for pattern cutters 5 Oct 2010
By nitoda
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars could be much more user friendly 22 Feb 2013
By Rmusic1
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not for beginers 2 Feb 2009
By Maggie
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for beginners 27 April 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!! 2 Aug 2011
By Leah
The is best book out there to help you along with creating blocks and patterns! I've used this in Uni! And know some of the best people who have started of using this! Experienced or not! You either already have it... Or you don't and need it!

Perfect for those who are going to study fashion design, or anything else along those studies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all pattern makers! 20 July 2010
This book is very useful for those that no nothing about pattern making and for those that are more advanced but want to create a set of tailored blocks. The book is well written, easy to understand and gives detailed breakdown of size guides used on the high street opposed to high fashion. It is an especially great book for learning how to tailor a pattern to specific requirements and has lots of pictures which is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy patterns
Book is recomend by my university. It has aeverything you need to kno about paterns. Easy to understand for beginners.
Published 10 days ago by Greta
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not for beginners
This is an excellent book and very detailed. If you are new to making clothes you might find it bit off putting but stick with it and you won't regret it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ms. V. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars nice 1st experience
The book arrived on time and was well wrapped so no damage could happen.The book is good but you need time and understanding of what it trying to teach you.
Published 1 month ago by sheida hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars I had the mens so bought the women's version
I love this book, when i learned to make patterns we used pre made blocks & changed them to get the shape out of the patterns. THis book allows you to start from the basics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hamad
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed
This book is brilliant, I was a novice when it comes to pattern drafting and this book has brought me into the complete world of drafting and I look forward to drafting patterns... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool when getting into pattern making
I love the way that this book takes the basic shapes and shows how to adapt them to create such a huge variety of garment shapes and sizes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars useful
really good book. easy to understand, makes construction enjoyable...never thought I would say that! I would recommend to anyone at any level.
Published 5 months ago by Floss
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
If like me you're a fashion student, this is a must have for you pattern cutters! It has all the basics and how to create trouser, shirt, skirt and dress blocks through following... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stacey Ruitenberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear
some of the instructions difficult to understand, possibly some of the meaning lost in the translation from original language of author
Published 6 months ago by Marion Moroney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and value!
This is a great beginner's book for anyone learning pattern drafting. However, as the author is originally German, it can be rather difficult to decipher/follow her instructions at... Read more
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