Book Index/Chapter headings
Cut by Cut
The Practice of Drawing Patterns
The Basic Pattern for a Straight Skirt
Slightly Flared skirt with folds lying over each othet
Asymmetrical ballon skirt with slanting pockets and round yoke
The basic pattern for dresses
The basic pattern for the sleeve
Shoulderless dress with flared skirt
Dress with oval outline
Jacket with flounce collar and raglan sleeve
Figure hugging jacket with sleeve detail
Basic Patterns PaperBack or HardBound?
Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs?
Yes. The line drawings are excellent.
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE?
An interesting and inexpensive introduction to "German-Style" Pattern design, which tends to be precise and technical.
The instructions for constructing the bust dart rely on a protractor, rather than being a fraction of the bust. No definitive guidelines are given for smaller or fuller busts.
Slightly confusing use of the percentile sign for subtraction. Apparently this is standard practice among german pattern makers (e.g. Müller und Sohn; Rundshau) as the minus sign usually refers to a range of numbers (1-2 cm)
The patterns are constructed in metric, so you'll need rulers and tapes graduated in centimeters, lest you go batty.
The text is trilingual-- English, French and German. The english translation contains the occasional error, though, and comparison with the French and German texts can be helpful. If you use French and German pattermaking texts, but are unsure of some of the idiomatic usage, this book can be used as a sort of Rosetta Stone.