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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 05 January 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800922723
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 900
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: £15.99
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The Essential Guide to Pattern Making


All you need to know about designing, adapting and customising sewing patterns by Jo Barnfield & Andrew Richards

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Book Description

The Essential Guide to Pattern Making is an extensive and clear guide for all who wish to become confident in designing and making their own patterns.

This handy book will become any dress-maker's pattern-designing bible: with accessible break-downs on seams and darts, the order of make for any garment, how to consider your measurements from scratch, and developing your patterns with the inclusion of pockets, pleats, cuffs, and fastenings.

This comprehensive guide features lots of tips, and is 'bursting at the seams' with coloured illustrations to help lead you through. Written by designer Andrew Richards, a previous designer for Valentino, and Jo Barnfield: an experienced Pattern Cutter and Technical Illustrator who has worked under the likes of Jasmine Di Milo, and has worked as a university lecturer in Fashion for years most currently at the University of the West England. 

This guide will make pattern-making less scary, boosting the confidence of any designer. Learn to be an intuitive  pattern-maker with a depth of understanding in constructing coats, jackets, blazers, dresses, trousers the works!

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Tools, Supplies, and Equipment
Chapter 2: Fundamentals of a Garment
Chapter 3: Fabric Considerations

Chapter 4: Designing Patterns from Scratch
Chapter 5: Fitting Principles and Pattern Adjustments
Chapter 6: Rub-off Pattern Drafting

Chapter 7: Volume and Suppression
Chapter 8: Sleeves
Chapter 9: Collars
Chapter 10: Waistbands and Cuffs
Chapter 11: Openings and Fastenings
Chapter 12: Finishings, Linings, and Facings
Chapter 13: Pockets

Chapter 14: Going Pro




About the Author

About Jo Barnfield

Jo Barnfield is a technical illustrator and professional designer and constructionist. Jo has worked in higher education for many years, and shared her expertise as a Lecturer in Fashion Design at Bath Spa University before teaching in her current role at the University of the West of England. Jo has worked for Jasmine Di Milo, Neurotica, and HFH clothing, and has co-authored two books: The Pattern Cutting Primer and The Vintage Pattern Selector (2012).

About Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards is a Senior Technical Demonstrator for Bath Spa's undergraduate Fashion Design programme. Andrew has previously worked as a designer for Valentino, and studied their MA at the Royal College of Art.

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