- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Revised edition edition (8 April 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0632036125
- ISBN-13: 978-0632036127
- Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 19.4 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metric Pattern Cutting Hardcover – 8 Apr 1994
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From the Back Cover
The first major new edition of this bestselling textbook since 1985. Although it remains true to its original concept, introducing the basic principles of pattern cutting, the new edition extends the range and use of blocks. These additions are concentrated in new sections – close fitting body shapes and easy fitting body shapes. The sections on computer grading and computer–aided design and pattern development have been updated to take account of the many
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I was originally a home sewer and just made things for my family with no pattern cutting experience at all, and to be honest, very little general knowledge of patterns.
When the book arrived I really didn't understand it, and it got left on the shelf for a few months. I then decided to get my head around patterns and started. The basic bodice drafting it based on a numbers and points system, and each of those is determined by the relevant measurement on the body - a calculator really helps here.
Once the basic bodice has been drawn it can be made it to any of the shapes included in the book. Once you've mastered moving darts, most of it is easy to follow. The same applies to trouers and sleeves, although this book doesn't go into the designer elements, and is mainly pictures rather than instructions, a fashion design book would go very well with this book.
I have found the most useful part of the book to be the evening wear and lingerie part, which has enabled me to start designing my own evening wear for profit.
Once you've finished your basic blocks there is also a little section on how to size your patterns, so you don't have to re-draft each size. This is a little complicated to get your head around, but once you've got it, it's a breeze.
There's also size charts inlcuded for sizes 8-32. Although I've crossed mine out to be sizes 6-30 respectively, not because these sizes aren't correct, but I have found for example when making a size 14 to the measurements in the book, it will fit someone who would wear a size 12 in the highstreet, a bit confusing, but it works better for me that way.
Overall I would say this is a great book, although perhaps not for the new sewer!
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.
Buy this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trying it out as I write. Posted quickly and it was what I wantedPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
a very good good with clear instructions to learn pattern cutting, this book is for women, it has many different patterns with clear instructions.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing! During a short pattern drafting course it was advised to be a good book to have. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2015 by Emma O'Neill
Great book. Hope to be making some lovely clothes without having to buy patterns anymore.Published on 14 April 2015 by Goldilocks
Got this as a present for my daughter who is studying Fashion at university. It has become her Bible and refers to it all the time.Published on 6 Mar. 2014 by Ellie Green
Anything you need to know about pattern cutting. I am a beginner in this area and I find the book has clear illustrations and instructions including british standards of sizing,... Read morePublished on 23 April 2011 by heike in London
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. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2010 by SueB
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