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Basic Pattern Skills for Fashion Design (Currency Modern Drama) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1987

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; Reprint edition (1 Jan 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870055704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870055706
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 23.5 x 31.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,043,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Zamkoff and Jeanne Price are affiliated with the Fashion Institute of Technology

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Clear illustrations, copious examples, bad puns 3 July 2002
By "quirkster" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I encountered this book at the beginning of trying to teach myself clothing design, and found it immediately illuminating.
The book is divided into four sections: Bodice, Collar, Skirt, Sleeve. Using a series of pictorial examples, you are shown how to progress from the basic pattern through many, many variations, using dart movement and seams. Each example takes up a full page, with the minimum text needed and lots of illustrations. (Each example is given a punny name, such as "Seams to Me" or "Absence makes the Dart...Grow Yonder".)
The book starts with a section on the Bodice, covering close-fitting, loose-fitting, and flared versions. The Bodice section starts with a basic pattern, showing how a simple piece of fabric drapes across a bust form, and then showing the flat pattern version of the same thing. A series of examples then show you many ways to modify the basic pattern by moving darts, combining darts with seams, gathering excess fabric, and slashing and spreading the pattern. Each technique is shown by multiple examples, starting with the simplest changes and progressing to complex ones.
If you like learning by example, the detailed drawings in this book will make it very easy for you to learn flat pattern clothing design.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for visual people on how to modify a sloper - not make one. 9 Mar 2012
By S. Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The pros: This book shows you, through clear illustration and written blurbs how to take your basic bodice, skirt, and sleeve slopers and modify them a zillion different ways.

The illustrations are easy to understand and great for very visual learners who don't mind doing some thinking on their own, as in, I know what it's supposed to look like because of the book, now I have to figure out on my own how to make it happen

The cons: Every single topic in this book works with the assumption that you already have a fitted sloper of the garments you intend to treat. There is absolutely no information included about how to take the necessary measurements and draft a sloper to work from. That said, this book never made a claim about slopers, but seeing as how slopers are absolutely unavoidably step 1 in all patternmaking and this book is called Basic Pattern Skills for Fashion Design, I think it's not unreasonable of a person to expect that it covers the most absolutely basic aspect of patternmaking- the sloper.

My only other issue with this book is while the illustrations are very clear - exceptionally so that most other books I've seen, the text leaves me wanting more. If you're a person like me who wants really explicit instructions, warnings and tips, this is not your book. I recognize this is simply a difference in learning styles though, and what works for one may not work for another.

In my case, while I'll definitely reference this book for slash and pivot techniques on certain style treatments, I'll stick with the larger patternmaking tomes for the majority of my work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Basic pattern drafting design shifts 6 Nov 2011
By Francine Lefkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For a sewer who has a basic pattern that fits, this book is very easy to understand directions on how to change the basic pattern for many, many designs. It was clear, with simple pictures that made the instructions easy to follow. Great learning tool for a professional learning to design, and for the amateur who would like to make changes in her patterns without constantly purchasing new patterns.
To learn how to draft a basic pattern, or sloper, this is not the right book -- it doesn't give directions for turning measurements into a pattern. But for what it does, it does very, very well. Loved it.
Great Technical Reference Book! 24 Jun 2014
By Textile Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First saw this book in the local university library. It's the first time illustrations have shown how much easier draping is compared to using tons of measurements and then trying to draft a pattern. Draping is right on the body so it's really "you" and it is so much quicker than drafting. I am so happy to be able to add this book to my sewing library!!!
a perfect book for a beginner to advanced pattern maker 21 Jan 2014
By kelvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this book is a great resource for any beginner to advanced patternmaker to have as a reference in their personal library
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