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Great for Further Developing Pattern Use and Garment Making
on 29 May 2015
I purchased this book at the same time as the first Pattern Magic book. Initially I came across a few designs on pinterest, which is where I originally learned about the books. I was happy to see they had been translated to English and was really excited about them. I started sewing when I was about 4 but have gotten really into garment making in the last few years. The first book I found excellent for starting to work with the complicated patterns but yet was still easy enough to give a go.
This book does not disappoint either. Like the first book it shows how to lay complicated designs on a flat pattern and how to assemble the garment. The book goes through pattern markings in the book and there are a lot of very detailed photos and details in writing of how to read the pattern. I Made the Nyokitto at the front bodice and found that a nice challenge that I was able to complete. The ball shaped accordion (which is what is shown on the sleeve on the front of the book) looks interesting and I would like to try that next. I'm also particularly excited to try the vanishing tie as this was another photo I found on pinterest.
Part one goes through Wearing a Balloon, Wearing a Cirgle, Wearing a Triangle, Wearing a square, Sprouting at the back, Sprouting at the front, Just like a Stole, A Ball Shaped Accordion, Circular accordion, circular sleeve, square accordion. Part two goes through Knots, Like a Jungle, Stars, Flip Turn, Different Facings Different Looks,Cowl Neck, Application of the Cowl Neck Design. Part three goes into A Vanishing scarf, vanishing tie, vanishing lapel and a vanishing pocket.
My only compliant is similar to the first book I wish there was more information about the best types of fabric to use with each technique, but with some trial and error you get there in the end. I would highly recommend for someone who already has experience in garment making and pattern reading as without it I think a reader would be a little lost. It is great for further developing your pattern and garment making. It has me looking at couture dresses more and trying to work out the complicated designs and I have started to find this very very interesting.