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Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified


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ISBN13: 9780307451392
ISBN10: 0307451399
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If youve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or youre 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the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks.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 cant find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if youve 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, its 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.


A former Urban Outfitters designer brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. From taking measurements, drafting the patterns, and choosing fabrics, this DIY book covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to become a fabulous designer. Full color throughout.



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.

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Elizabeth Grimsrud, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by Elizabeth Grimsrud)
This is a welcome, fresh approach to pattern drafting. Plenty of cute photos and straight forward explanations of how to create well-fitting, simple clothing. Unlike other pattern-drafting books which tend to focus on tailored, fitted clothing, Ms. Patch shows how to construct loose-fitting, stylish clothing, as well as articles made from knit fabric. Being an experienced sewer, I was pleased to find plenty of new tips and inspiration. The book is geared toward the adventurous beginner, but I think an intermediate to advanced sewer would find it most useful.
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Patch, Cal
Potter Craft
Pattern design
Dressmaking -- Pattern design.
Beauty and Fashion-Fashion and Costume
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Trade paper
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11.02x8.32x.57 in. 1.47 lbs.

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