Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Book Review: How to Use Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns
When I heard this book first came out I wasn't really interested in it. Many books make claims in their titles but fall short when it comes to their content. Well I just so happened to stumble on this book at JoAnn's yesterday when I was picking up my white lining for my dress. Out of curiosity I swooped it up and bought it with my 40% off coupon (wink). Well I'm extremely happy I did!!! Although this book has 144 pages, it's streamlined and packed with the essentials of working with patterns, manipulating them, and even drafting your own. It even goes into details about changing the styles of patterns, doing complicated fittings, dart manipulations, etc. I think it's a great book for any seamstress on all levels. It can help newbies understand fitting and alterations without overwhelming detail. If you're an intermediate sewer or beyond, I think it'll be helpful in reinforcing what you know and help strengthen your understanding of patternmaking and pattern design. I'm mainly attracted to this book for the drawings and photos which are extremely clear and concise. Plus every technique has step by step directions accompanied with the appropriate picture. The photos are really superb!!! If you are a visual learner like me then you'll love this book for sure. I think with sewing, it's not only important to know how to fit or alter, but it's equally important to understand the underlying concepts with each. I'll definitely make this required reading for my sewing students along with Nancy Zieman's "Sew with Confidence" (which is an awesome beginner sewer book)! Ok, I've gushed on this book enough. You don't have to take my word for it. You can check out reviews at Amazon.com HERE.
Here's a view of some of the book content. Much apologies that I couldn't fit the entire page in some of the shots. But hopefully you can get a good impression of the book from these.