We all want clothes that look great, are comfortable, and most importantly fit well.
I love reading sewing books (you can read about some of my favourites here). Even if you are an expert at sewing, you will sometimes need to refer to a good pattern drafting book to ensure you are getting your measurements right, in the correct areas.
5th Edition – Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear – by Winifred Aldrich – This book is my favourite patterning drafting book. I have referred to this book for many years. It is easy to follow, with clear instructions, and simple diagrams.
Inside the book:
First of all there an introduction, followed by information on: pattern & design cutting, fabrics, and tools & equipment for making patterns. The book is then divided into four parts.
Part one – is about ‘Classic form cutting’ which has sections on: the basic darted bodice blocks, from block to pattern, basic adaptations of bodice blocks, sleeve adaptations, constructing collars, the basic fitted skirt block & adaptations, fitted trouser blocks & adaptations, and complex adaptations of the bodice blocks (dresses, jackets,coats).
Part two – is about ‘Flat cutting’ which has sections on: easy fitting garments (woven fabrics), basic & easy fitting garments (jersey and knitted fabrics), and close-fitting garments (stretch and jersey fabrics).
Part three – is about ‘Size and fit’ which has sections on: basic grading techniques, and drafting blocks & fitting for individual figures.
Part four – is about ‘Computer aided design (CAD)’ which has a section on: Computer generated design and pattern making.
The simple diagrams are what I mainly love about this book. You can see how the pieces should look when put together. It is great to get an overall picture of what your pattern should be working towards.
In the above picture you can see how the separate pieces should look when pattern drafting to make a swing jacket. It clearly marks the way that the grain should be when cutting the fabric pieces, and it shows where there will be fullness, for the give and shape of the jacket.
At the back of the book it briefly explains what the book is about (it was first published in 1975). It also states of four other books available: Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear, Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear, Fabric Form and Flat Pattern Cutting, and Pattern Cutting for Women’s Tailored Jackets.
This book really is amazing. I need to buy the Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear as I would like to sew menswear more, and master it.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a lovely day!
Capili Jiron x x