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Date: 7/18/14 8:18 PM

I now have two basic shirt patterns (one for knits, another for wovens) that fit well and I would like to use as pattern blocks. I'm looking for a patternmaking book that would show me how to change necklines, details, etc. to get different looks. Do I even need a book for what I'm trying to do? I took a break from sewing for about 10 yrs and it seems every pattern I've recently bought requires more adjustments than I have patience for.

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Date: 7/18/14 8:25 PM

You might try looking at the videos over at Sure Fit Designs first. You can watch most of the many, many videos for free and what you want to do is what sure Fit is all about.

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Date: 7/18/14 8:42 PM

I like Make your own dress patterns It's a reprint of a "vintage" book, inexpensive, and although geared toward dresses you could easily adapt to shirts.

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Date: 7/18/14 9:12 PM

How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn. The book starts with making a basic pattern. The next part shows you how to alter the pattern to get different looks.

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Date: 7/18/14 11:45 PM

Make Your Own Dress Patterns is great and includes a variety of variations and how to make them. But it doesn't give you anything to start with; you still need a block of some sort to work from.

Natalie Bray's Dress Pattern Designing is one of the classics; perhaps a bit esoteric but does include drafting instructions. She has two other books as well that I'd like to get for my sewing library.

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Date: 7/19/14 4:21 AM

My go to pattern drafting book is one recommended by my mother, she has a great eye by design and works as such here in Richmond--the book is a treasure. The book is one by Rohr published in --the 60's believe or not BUT it covers everything you can think of (or will think of) to try/do with clothing. Just out of curosity, cked the Internet for this book, found in on Ebay -- kinda of pricey (I thought but worth it) around $150.

Go luck with your search.

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Date: 7/19/14 2:35 PM

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My go to pattern drafting book is one recommended by my mother, she has a great eye by design and works as such here in Richmond--the book is a treasure. The book is one by Rohr published in --the 60's believe or not BUT it covers everything you can think of (or will think of) to try/do with clothing. Just out of curosity, cked the Internet for this book, found in on Ebay -- kinda of pricey (I thought but worth it) around $150.



Go luck with your search.

What is the name of the book so I can be on the lookout for it?

Thank you all for the suggestions! I've ordered "Make Your Own Dress Patterns'' and "How to Make Sewing Patterns".

I've read good and bad reviews on ''Patternmaking for Fashion Design'' by Helen Joseph-Armstrong and was on the fence about it because it is kinda pricey. Yesterday I was looking on ebay and found an auction for one. The auction ended in the middle of the night, so I put a $20 bid on it and went to bed. To my surprise, I checked this morning and I had won it for $18.50 including shipping!Not sure how useful it will be, but for that price it's not really a big deal and I can always resell it if I don't like it or have a use for it.

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Date: 7/19/14 4:54 PM

Wow--that's a deal on the Armstrong book! You will get plenty of usage out of it, probably for the rest of your life.

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Date: 7/19/14 5:54 PM

I'll be very happy if that's the case. I used a Stretch and Sew basic t-shirt type pattern and tweeked the fit for a C cup. I plan on using that for the basis of anything I design. There are endless possibilities for the block, but I'm at a loss as to how to make the changes other than simple neckline variations. I can see them in my head, just now sure how to make them come to life.

I already have a jeans pattern that fits perfectly and have modified it to make a pair of yoga type pants and a pair of slacks for dressier occasions.

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Date: 7/19/14 6:26 PM

I just borrowed from my public library a fairly new book. The author is Lee Hollahan, and the title is How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns. I've skimmed through it and learned a lot. In some spots it seemed overly basic and in others a little too advanced for me, but I really like the book, enough to buy my own copy. It has lots of reviews on Amazon that you can check.

It doesn't cover many complicated fitting issues, but the basics are there, and there's a lot on sleeves and related issues, better than the other (many) books I've looked at. There are reduced scale slopers in all sizes 6 -18 (American pattern sizes). You can learn a lot from studying those. The style and fashion aspects are neither too trendy nor too dowdy. All in all, this book seems to include a number of ideas that I haven't seen elsewhere.

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