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on 5 October 2010
Using this book I was able to cut myself a pattern for a pair of stretch denim shorts to fit my shape. This was only my second foray into pattern cutting, the first being by adaptation of a basic pattern, (Betty Foster), but by carefully following instructions I was able to create the paper pattern, and make the garment to fit me. This book contains instructions for creating patterns for just about every conceivable womenswear garment you'd want to make, with the exception of lingerie. It includes instructions for using stretch and jersey fabrics as well as the more traditional woven fabrics. I wouldn't be without this book. I would recommend it to anyone who has experience of dressmaking and pattern adaptation but wants to branch out into creating their own patterns. It isn't so suitable if you don't have any experience as it *is* a technical book and it does look daunting on first opening because of all the detail inside. I'm currently doing some courses in simple pattern cutting and my tutor uses this book, though she does suggest trying blocks from different books as they do vary and it's important to find a block that suits your own figure if you're using it for personal garment construction. I intend to use this book over and over and over again. Your local public library or college library will probably have copies if you want to borrow before you buy!
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