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Kenneth started sewing for himself as a teenager and has never looked back. His interest in fashion and sewing have lead him through a variety of responsibilities in the fashion industry -- and regardless of the job -- his focus on finish and construction techniques have lead him to develop garments with an unsurpassed flair. He now shares his passion for fine design techniques with his fellow sewers through his TV Shows, lectures and books.

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Making Patterns from Existing Garments - A CD book by Kenneth King
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Making Patterns from Existing Garments - A CD book by Kenneth King

This CD outlines the method of taking a pattern from an existing garment, without taking that garment apart. Kenneth's method uses buff-colored silk organza as the medium with which to retrieve the information from a garment. In photos, he demonstrates how to get the information from the existing garment, and transfer that information to paper. ??

There's a special section on using this method to copy trousers, a section on how to find grain lines when they aren't readily visible, a section on how to find grain lines on shirts and blouses, and a section on copying puffed sleeves. A separate section shows how to handle pleats in garments.

??Then, in the section on pattern making, he shows how to translate this information into a working pattern, complete with facings, interlinings, and linings.
??This CD is 142 pages, with photos and illustrations.

For a more comprehensive learning, on his method, take the Clone your Favorite Garment Online Class

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DRESS LINES - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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DRESS LINES - A CD Book by Kenneth King

This is the final installment in the series of couture pattern making CDs. Dress Lines (116 pages) starts with the sloper generated from "The Moulage" CD, and shows the classic dress line drafts. It begins with the A-line dresses, then the two princess line drafts, the two tent dress drafts, and the Empire line draft. The Dress Lines CD finishes the series of pattern drafting, as Kenneth learned it from his teacher.

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THE SKIRTS - A CD Book By Kenneth King
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THE SKIRTS - A CD Book By Kenneth King

This is another installment in the series of couture pattern making CDs. This 191 pages book shows how to draft skirts from measurements, and includes the straight skirts, the flared skirts, gored skirts, panel insertion skirts, and some novelty skirts. At the end is a section on adjusting the skirt for proper fit.

There is also a video on this CD, demonstrating the proper measuring of the figure for drafting skirts

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BRUSH FRINGE JACKET, a CD book by Kenneth King
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BRUSH FRINGE JACKET, a CD book by Kenneth King

Frayed and fringed edges are being seen in fashion, from the streets to the runways of Paris. This CD book shows how to make tailored clothing with self-fringed edges, while still being able to incorporate sew-in interfacings. Covered are welt pockets, patch pockets, collars, and jacket facings and hems. Conceived as a companion volume to the Tailored Jacket. 63 pages, book on CD.

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HANDBAG CONSTRUCTION - A CD Book By Kenneth King
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HANDBAG CONSTRUCTION - A CD Book By Kenneth King

I've got a new CD available--it's called Handbag Construction!

This CD came out of on-line handbag classes I've had the privilege of teaching for Patternreview.com. It features both the soft, and rigid types of construction that I do, complete with lots of photos, so you can really see the important details, to make a success of your project.

The CD also has added sections on using closures and handles, a section on the necessary materials and tools, and a resource list. And, finally, there's photo gallery of my favorite bag creations (drawn from my archives), along with comments on how they were made.

There are lots of photos in this book (I like the photos), and the gallery photos have gotten especially good reviews. This is 96 pages, in the Adobe PDF format, just like all my other CD books.

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TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King

I am excited about this book, as it is the book I would have wanted when I was learning how to make tailored garments. My aim was to create a book that illustrates the process so well that one would feel confident to try an tailored jacket, knowing that there would be enough photographs to illustrate what the process in the text would look like.

This CD book has been proof-read by my three master proof-readers, Kathy Judd, Anne Fukano, and Shireen Irvine Perry--they each gave their comments and questions, which showed me where I needed to to make certain points clearer or add more photos to really exactly explain a point or process.

It covers the construction of my tailored jacket by following a jacket, from the cutting out to the finishing. The text is illustrated with over 300 photos, showing even the smallest details in the process I use to make my tailored jackets. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Materials and tools
  • Patternmaking to create the linings, facings, and other corollary pieces so that all pieces fit together perfectly
  • Interlinings
  • The cutting list, so you know what materials to cut the different pieces from.
  • Complete construction of the garment, with "sidebars" at different points in the process. For example:
    • When handling the body interfacing, we will cover how to apply shields if desired, and also how to handle bound buttonholes with an interfacing.
    • Cuff with vent, as well as plain cuff
    • The perfect way to ease a sleeve cap
    • Constructing the notch lapel, as well as the shawl lapel.
    • Handling uneven shoulders
    • Constructing the lining, including installing the hidden lining pocket and piping
    • And more!


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TROUSER DRAFT - A CD book by Kenneth King
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TROUSER DRAFT - A CD book by Kenneth King

The trouser draft starts with a video on the Cd, demonstrating the proper way to take measurements. We then cover the calculations, and then drafting the trouser from calculations. Afterwards, making up in muslin, and the adjustments, are covered. finally, adding pockets, pleats, and waistbands, to make the trouser your design, will be discussed.


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THE MOULAGE - A CD book by Kenneth King
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THE MOULAGE - A CD book by Kenneth King

The moulage is the foundation of the pattern drafting system taught by the Ecole Guerre-Lavigne in Paris. This is a system of measuring the figure, calculating, and drafting a pattern that will fit the torso like a second skin, incorporating any of the infinite variations of shape the human figure can take.

The book starts out with an introduction and some history of the development of pattern drafting systems. This is followed by a discussion of the proper way to measure the figure, for this system. The CD-ROM, which is made for QuickTime Player, shows a video demonstration of these measurements.

Calculations of the measurements follow. Measurements are in both inches, and metric. The book then proceeds to show, step by step, how to draft the moulage back, then the front. Common adjustments to the muslin is next, followed by instructions on drafting the men's moulage.

From the Moulage the book will cover how to add wearing ease to create the sloper, or block (the basic unit of pattern drafting). A chapter on "special cases" follows, covering unusual situations such as osteoporosis.

Finally A discussion of how to use your sloper to check a commercial pattern will enable you to use this tool as a fitting aid, making it easier to adjust patterns to your figure.

This book uses Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free from www.adobe.com The CD-ROM video uses Quick Time Player, which you can download for free from www.apple.com

The follow-up to this book is, The Basic Sleeve

Related CD: De-Mystifying Fit - A CD Book by Lynda Maynard

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ADVANCED SLEEVE - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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ADVANCED SLEEVE - A CD Book by Kenneth King

This is a continuation of the French pattern drafting method I learned from my teacher. In this CD, we cover more complex set-in sleeves, drafting raglan sleeves, and drafting the Kimono (cut as one with the bodice, as opposed to a set-in) sleeve. Also covered are the common adjustments needed to make the sleeves fit once they are drafted. There are 215 pages to this book, which, like the others, is in PDF format, so you can take it to Kinko's and have it printed off if you like (or print it on your home printer).

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BIRTH OF A BUSTIER - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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BIRTH OF A BUSTIER - A CD Book by Kenneth King

If you've ever made strapless garments, or high-faced waistbands, you will know how difficult it is to make a garment that stays in position, and performs reliably. So, I've expanded on an article I wrote for Threads Magazine, and produced this CD book! People sometimes ask, "I don't make evening wear, why do I need this information?" It is precisely the high faced waistband. It is in a sense, a very short strapless garment, one that doesn't go over the bust.

After a brief introduction in the book, I cover first, the steps to get a well-fitting pattern for a strapless garment. This, as you know, is key to the process. (I use The Moulage, so if you don't have that CD, it is recommended.)

From there, I cover the materials needed for this type of construction, along with a resource list.

From there, I cover two types of construction--Bustier construction, and corselet construction. A section on how to adapt this information to make the high-faced-waistband is also included.

As with the other CD books, this one is also a PDF file, read on Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from www.adobe.com

There are 141 pages, with many illustrations in the pattern making section, and many color photos in the construction section, taking you through all the steps to create a garment that performs reliably and fits perfectly.

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NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King

In necklines, we will start out with some classic necklines, like the broad oval, boat neckline, and the high shaped neckline. Then we cover "neckline theory". My teacher added to the body of knowledge of the system she used, by inventing this method of controlling necklines that are low in back as well as front. This makes one able to make a neckline that doesn't gap in front or back. Once you understand neckline theory, we continue on with the draped necklines, and finish up with flat pattern draping. A discussion of how to control the neckline during garment construction, complete with lots of photos, is included. 141 pages.

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THE COLLARS - A CD Book by Kenneth King
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THE COLLARS - A CD Book by Kenneth King

This is a continuation of the pattern drafting system I learned from my teacher, who studied at the Ecole de Guerre-Lavigne in Paris.

We start with collars drafted on a rectangle (band collar, shirt collar, peter pan), then continue on to V-neck collars. Under this section we start with the "rules" surrounding V-necklines, then cover the collars that set onto the neckline, such as the all-in-one collars, and the insertion collars.

Finally we go to the "semi-collars", collars that don't set onto a classic V-neckline or round neckline. 135 pages.

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THE BASIC SLEEVE, a CD book by Kenneth King
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THE BASIC SLEEVE, a CD book by Kenneth King

Once you get your slopers, you will need a sleeve. This book continues with the Ecole Guerre-Lavigne system, to draft the three most basic set-in sleeves: Shirt sleeve, fitted sleeve with elbow dart, and two-part tailored sleeve.

Before drafting these sleeves, there are calculations to be done to generate the values for the draft. Inches and metric are both used here. The three sleeves are demonstrated with step-by-step illustrations that will lead you through the entire draft.

Finally a discussion of common adjustments to the sleeve, and other considerations, are covered.

This book uses Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free from http://www.adobe.com

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