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Metric Pattern Cutting Hardcover – 29 Jul 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Revised edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405102780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405102780
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Since the first edition of Metric Pattern Cutting was published in 1975 to provide a straightforward introduction to flat pattern cutting, it has become the established textbook on the subject.

The fourth edition continues to offer an introduction to the basic principles of pattern cutting, with a range of good basic blocks and examples of their application to garments. The original blocks and many of the pattern adaptations have therefore been retained. 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.

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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.... This book is easy to understand and is recommended for professionals and lay people alike. Even if you have never patterncut before, this book provides you with all you need to go and do it for your own wardrobe or professionally. It has helped me many a times as a reference tool. I know many patterncutters would recommend this book ,as my teacher did to me. Drawings are clear and explanatory in themselves. And a great efford is made to keep language,jargon and mathmatics at a bearable minimum. It comes in a nice hardcover so that it survives the rough handling of many a designroom. CUT CUT AWAY
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This book is a good starter but there are many printing errors (wrong instructions, missing instructions) so beware. It also assumes that you are familiar with some pattern cutting techniques. If you are an absolute beginner it would be useful to have someone in the know to ask as at times it is possible to become absolutely stuck. If you are studying pattern cutting this would be a really useful book to have. If you are learning by yourself, you may find this book to be a little frustrating.
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I found this book difficult to use at first, being used to commercial pre-printed patterns, but with a bit of perseverance I was able to produce some well-fitted pieces that I was quite pleased with. I particularly liked the section on dealing with bodies of different shapes (sloping shoulders, long backs etc). I would recommend this book to anyone wanting the flexibility to design their own clothes.
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If you're new to pattern cutting I would recommend that you get some background knowledge on patterns first before using this book - even buy some patterns to play around with before progressing onto the book, just to get a feel of what you're working with.
It is a good point of reference for pattern cutters with a bit of experience but I wouldn't recommend it to someone just starting out.

There are often bits missed out, it is assumed that you will know what they are & if you don't know, you won't have a complete pattern. You'll end up doing guess work, which isn't a good thing. There are also certain calculative methods missed out too that are essential to beginners, especially regarding working out certain angles/shaping of a pattern.

Invest in a simpler & more detailed textbook before purchasing this one. Or if you can, do a course first - making patterns can be quite complex & it's good if you have someone that can guide you through the stages of pattern cutting.
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I was given this book when i started my HND theatre costume design book. We have used it for two years and i can not recommened it highly enough! Some of the girls in my class had never done pattern cutting before and this book tells you everything you need to know. On first glance it seems very confusing. But when you read it and follow it step by step it all makes sense! The blocks shown in this book are basic blocks from which you can adapt or alter to suit you.

Buy this book!
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i am currently in the process of gaining my diploma in fashion and textiles at the nelson polytechnic NEW ZEALAND this tome will aid you in designing fashion garments while realising that pattern cutting is an artform.
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Having been a pattern cutter for over 30 years, I have to say this isn't the best book around. The illustrations are dated, and the instructions are unclear.

Go for Natalie Bray's books, or Ann Haggar's books are quite good.
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This book is amazing! During a short pattern drafting course it was advised to be a good book to have. After being shown how to draft the basic straight skirt I was able to draft basic trousers. Unlike patterns it won't tell you what to sew first or where to use interfacing so you must be willing to learn alongside this book. Unless you're already an amazing seamstress an all this comes natural. I absolutely love it and can't see myself buying a pattern again!
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