Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified (Paperback)

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Clothes you would actually wear, which is a real problem for me when I
look through any 'make your own clothes' books. This one has the most
great ideas I've seen in one collection. There are darling tops, great
tips about sizing, and great dresses for every season. There are two
sections I haven't found anywhere else: making t-shirts, and using the
clothes you already have to make patterns. The writing is concise, and I
can't wait to try it out myself. It's so inspiring, that I now have
confidence that this one will keep me from looking like a walking ad for
"Don't try this at home."

— Jessilynn


If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing.

Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes, former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can’t find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you’ve reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for.

In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.

But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.

About the Author

CAL PATCH was a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters and Free People before creating her own label, Hodge Podge. She teaches sewing and patternmaking throughout New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307451392
ISBN-10: 0307451399
Publisher: Potter Craft
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 160
Language: English

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