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  • $149.00

    Building Patterns was written for students who are new to patternmaking in that it starts with tools and ends with creating garments. With every exercise, students broaden their skill level and gain a deeper understanding of the art of patternmaking. However, for those with some patternmaking knowledge, the text can be used as a reference or one can pick and choose specific exercises they want to focus on.

    The information is broken down into 11 subjects, which are fully explored before moving on. In addition, the diagrams are clear and easy to follow which makes the book ideal for visual learners. The text can be applied using individual body measurements.

    The text begins with an INTRODUCTION to patternmaking tools and a primer on understanding patterns and patternmaking language. The next subject, SKIRTS (37 exercises), starts with how to draft slopers (templates) then instructs on how to draft flares, pleats, gores, yokes, linings, and many others.

    MOULAGE shows how to make an upper body sloper. DART MANIPLATION (16 exercises) covers moving style lines around a bodice and turning darts into flare, pleats, etc. LINES (10 exercises) gives instruction on how to draft princess lines, empire lines, a-lines and more. NECKLINES (16 exercises) covers drafting boat, scalloped, and strapless necklines among others.

    The next chapter, COLLARS (17 exercises) covers a wide range of styles from basic collars to more advanced collars. SLEEVES (24 exercises) demonstrates 3 slopers and moves onto basic sleeves like the bell, puff and cap, through to more advanced sleeves with plackets, pleats and cuffs. POCKETS (12 exercises) covers patch, in-seam and welt pockets. PANTS (26 exercises) shows how to draft slack, jean and trouser slopers as well as how to draft a button or zipper fly, a yoke, cuffs, linings and more. The textbook wraps up with how to put all the pieces together to make full GARMENTS. 260 Pages

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  • $25.00

    Create the best fit for your body!

    In Create the Perfect Fit, Joi Mahon debunks traditional fitting rules and shares her measure yourself, measure your pattern style of fitting to help you achieve the best fit possible. With detailed instructions and illustrations, she’ll walk you through the process of measuring your body, applying your measurements to a commercial pattern and creating an exact muslin that will become the base for any future pattern you sew. Learn how one pattern of any size can be adjusted to fit any body type.

    With Joi’s tips and techniques, you’ll eliminate fit anxiety and be sewing perfect garments in no time!

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  • $15.00

    Skills and techniques for the fashion-minded sewist!

    Award-winning designer and stylist Joi Mahon shares her love of sewing and fashion design in Designer Joi’s Fashion Sewing Workshop.

    Whether you’re new to sewing or want to sharpen your skills, you’ll find solid foundational information for learning and mastering sewing techniques including seaming, draping, measuring, making a pattern and more. Throughout the book, you’ll find fun, hands-on exercises to help reinforce a new technique. The best part? Each exercise results in a finished piece!

    Divided into sections including Design and Inspiration, Fashion Sketching, The Design Process and Sewing Terminology and Tools, Designer Joi’s Fashion Sewing Workshop makes sewing fun, easy and approachable–while still achieving amazing results.

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  • $65.00

    The third edition of Draping for Apparel Design combines Joseph-Armstrong’s classic step-by-step instructions with a user-friendly layout. To show how to turn two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional garments, the author presents the following three draping principles and techniques: manipulating dart excess, adding fullness, and contour draping. New and updated design projects illustrate how to prepare a draping plan. Design analyses identify the creative elements of each design and help determine draping techniques required to develop patterns. This text emphasizes the importance of draping foundation garments for building more complex designs. Designers will gain essential skills to creatively apply draping techniques to their own designs.

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  • $18.00

    This text is for anyone interested in producing a fashion show, be it an informal event or a large, complex affair. Examining every behind-the-scenes step from concept to execution, Guide to Producing a Fashion Show enables the reader to organize and stage a show that is profitable, well attended, and aesthetically pleasing.

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  • $33.00

    Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear provides a straightforward introduction to the principles of form pattern cutting for garments to fit the body shape, and flat pattern cutting for casual garments and jersey wear.

    This sixth edition remains true to the original concept: it offers a range of good basic blocks, an introduction to the basic principles of pattern cutting and examples of their application into garments.

    Fully revised and updated to include a brand new and improved layout, up-to-date skirt and trouser blocks that reflect the changes in body sizing, along with updates to the computer-aided design section and certain blocks, illustrations and diagrams.

    This best-selling textbook still remains the essential purchase for students and beginners looking to understand pattern cutting and building confidence to develop their own pattern cutting style.

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  • You’ll tire of hearing “Where did you get that bag?”

    Simply Sublime Bags offers the secrets to creating four-figure-price-tag-worthy bags. And most of them only take an afternoon! Whether it’s a casual carryall or a ritzy, patent leather clutch, the envy of your friends is only a few hours away.

    Why break the bank for a designer bag when you can easily make your own unique fashion statement? In Simply Sublime Bags, you’ll find 30 do-it-yourself, clever and affordable handbag projects—all of which require little to no sewing. With inventive methods of construction (like duct-taped reinforced interiors and iron fusing), these hip handbags, totes, and clutches have all the looks that bag-lovers want—the shine of patent leather, Chanel-style chain straps, or even funky logos—and each can be personalized to your own taste. The materials are easy to find in hardware, home, office supply, and fabric stores—sometimes even in your own closet!

    Bags include:
    • Charmed, I’m Sure—brightly colored vinyl makeup bags with vintage plastic charm zipper pulls
    • Keyhole Clutch—pink-and-white houndstooth fabric lined with duct tape, with keyhole cutouts for handles
    • Shower Curtain Tote—you guessed it, a funky fabric tote made from a shower curtain
    • Nights in Black Satin—an elegant evening clutch made from satin ribbon stapled together and adorned with a rhinestone earring clasp

    Day to evening, totes to clutches, and everything in between, Simply Sublime Bags has something for every occasion. The results? Simply sublime!

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  • $35.00

    A practical, no nonsense guide to assist those who would like to begin their own sewn products business, explaining many of the pitfalls that they can now avoid.

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