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I must be thick as.....
on 19 February 2014
I bought this book because of the great reviews on it and because I wanted to learn how to draw out my own patterns, however.....
either I am incredibly thick or I am missing something here, I will explain.....
I have been making clothes, using patterns bought in shops for many years, I have also worked in factories as a machinist, therefore I know how to make the garments, on that side there is no problem, but I wanted to know how to draw up my own patterns for various garments, the only thing stopping me however, was the SHAPE of each piece - ie the shape of the front of a skirt, the back of a skirt, back trousers, the front of a blouse, a sleeve..... etc etc.... I wanted to know HOW I would know a shape for such pieces, but this book does not show this, in fact "shaping" is not in the index - so how do I know how to get the correct shape for the pattern pieces?
It is good for telling how to make the garments, how to alter stuff, how to move darts, pleats, seaming allowances etc - but I didn't buy this book for that and I am already able to do all those things. I bought it because it is entitled "Make your own dress patterns", but it does not includes one important factor - the SHAPES for pieces of the garment.
I have made clothes professionally, but I cannot follow this book as it does not provide me with the information that I originally bought it for. Unfortunately.
I must be missing something because this book has great reviews, perhaps I misunderstood what making my own dress pattern means.