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Pattern Magic [Paperback]

Tomoko Nakamichi
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22 April 2014
Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-cutting book from Japan. Taking inspiration from nature, from geometric shapes and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. The book takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. All the basic information you need to start pattern cutting is included, from the basic block to measurements and scaling. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the toiles and the finished garments. These simple illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes with a couture look.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (22 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697057
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 10 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Ms. Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on design making, both in Japan and overseas. This book brings together the results of the research on garment patterns she has carried out to help instruct her students.

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last it's available in English!! 6 Oct 2010
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I have waited so long for this book to be translated into English and was delighted to see it as released in the UK recently. It is a fantastic, advanced, pattern drafting/cutting book with some fabulous Avant Garde designs in it. I wouldn't recommend someone to use it who doesn't have a solid grounding in pattern drafting but otherwise go for it and push yourself! The results are stunning and the book is incredibly cheap for what it is. For a translated text it is written with surprisingly clear and concise English and didn't notice any "pigeon" English excerpts, which is something you ususally see when being translated from one language to another. Thoroughly recommmend this book and NO. 2 which is due out next year.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i adore it. 16 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I discovered this wonderful series in Japan a few years ago and have actually bought many copies of it in the past to give to friends and colleagues all over the world. It wasn't previously translated into English, but even so, if you are a technically competent patterncutter, it was possible to work from the diagrams and measurements themselves. Now they are in English!!!
These books are extraordinary gems. They bring the art of creative cutting to a wider audience and are truely inspirational and exciting.
If you are a cutter, or a fashion student, order this as soon as possible - the price is way too low for the secrets held within.
I love.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Approach to Pattern Cutting 4 Nov 2010
By Fleur
Format:Paperback
I have been waiting for this to be translated to English & was very excited when it arrived.

The book is clean, clear & concise so I can see how it's still understandable for those who cant read Japanese. The approach to pattern cutting is fun, simple but ever so effective & challenges you to think beyond the standard european shapes we are so used to seeing in clothing.

It shows you the finished item, then guides you through the concept & then build upong it to use it in another context.

I plan to use this as a starting block to push my technique & imagination to create shapes/scupltures beyond the ones in the book (hopefully!)

fantastic and would reccomend it to anyone who has knowledge of pattern cutting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pattern Magic in English 11 Nov 2010
By Rozann
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my grandaughter who had seen it at her university library written in Japanese. She was very pleased Amazon had it in English.
It came quickly and in new condition.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's awesome 24 Oct 2010
By Hanna
Format:Paperback
I been tyring to find books like this, with some more advanced patternmaking in it. I'm so happy I found these books. It's beatiful and it gives so much inspiration.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very exciting 14 Jun 2011
By jess
Format:Paperback
What a brilliant book.
It isn't a massive tome on pattern cutting (for which you would want Metric Pattern Cutting by Winnifred Aldrich), but this book is fantastically inspirational and gives a different approach to pattern cutting.
Worth it for those who think outside the box.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pattern Magic * Got the title right* 6 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is great if your looking to try something and trying to be more experimental in garment making. I was really impressed with the contents of this book. The pictures show detail and the description is quite easy to understand. It really opens your eyes to seeing clothes in a different light.
I'd recommend this to anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK 10 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Love it! amazing pictures easy to understand for an advanced pattern cutter.....this means its not ideal for beginners but you could always get it for when you get better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT AND IMFORMATIVE
I BOUGHT THIS TO HELP MY DAUGHTER WITH HER UNIVERSITY STUDIES
I HAVE HEARD NO COMPLAINTS FROM HER
IN FACT SHE FINDS THE BOOK VERY IMFORMATIVE
IT WILL HELP AND GUIDE... Read more
Published 2 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
Perfectly covers my expectation about it. Good quality, nice pictures. I highly recommend it to you with similar interest. :)
Published 3 months ago by Viktoria Vatti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Enjoyed this pattern book very much, but you would require some knowledge of pattern making a very thought provoking book.
Published 3 months ago by Diane Scullion
5.0 out of 5 stars good
It is a Valuable item!
The brush is not good,
But he powders are fantastic.
Now I have bought the whole collection of them.
Published 5 months ago by freemoon103
5.0 out of 5 stars patter magic
Pattern magic by Tomoko Nakamichi this book is an amazing insite into sculpting fabrics rather than flat stitching, it bring another dimension to dressmaking
Published 5 months ago by miss m e wright
5.0 out of 5 stars pattern magic
This book is great, is full of unusual design and help you to think outside the box!if you have a medium or advance level is the perfect book to explore new way to create... Read more
Published 6 months ago by eleonora
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book for sawing geeks
The delivery was efficient, really quick and with no pain. I bought the book for my mum, who is really passionate about sawing! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fabiana
5.0 out of 5 stars every fashion student needs this book
It's a real eye-opener, get it in you first year of uni and you will immediately see your designs become far more creative and crazy than you could ever imagine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joanna Lomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful modern pattern cutting
This is an inspirational pattern cutting book, it simply shows the garment and then the method of cutting, and how the final pattern was arrived at. Read more
Published 10 months ago by patterncutter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
If you already have a knowledge of drafting this book will push your skills. I do think something has been lost in translation but do try the techniques - they work! Read more
Published 12 months ago by ali
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