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Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Pattern Drafting books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Pattern Making Primer: All You Need to Know About Designing, Adapting, and Customizing Sewing Patterns (2012)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListHome sewing enthusiasts as well as fashion design students and professional pattern makers will want this book for their reference library. Its the ultimate information source for pattern makers, filled with how-to instruction on Basic tools and equipment Pattern symbols and fabric considerationsDesigning patterns from scratch, which includes measuring, drafting bodices, sleeves, and skirts, digital pattern creation, basic block techniques, and moreFitting and making pattern adjustmentsAdding volume with pleats, tucks, and other devicesCombining and dividing pattern shapesAdding finishing…
Author(s): Jo Barnfield, Andrew Richards

2. A Basic Guide To Pattern Drafting (2019)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListFrom Blocks to the basics of dresses, skirts, tops, sleeves and collars, this guide to basic pattern drafting will provide you the extra assistance you need to understand the fundamentals of patternmaking. As an instructor of patternmaking with over 25 years of professional experience in the fashion industry, I have compiled this book as a means to support and aid beginners in their quest to become proficient in patternmaking and understand how integral it is to Fashion Design.This handbook is to be used as a supplemental guide in addition to the traditional textbook provided by your school. Think of it as a “Quick Guide”, giving…
Author(s): Nick Verreos, David Paul

3. Pattern Design: Fundamentals: Construction and Pattern Making for Fashion Design (Volume 1) (2018)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListNote that there are different versions of this book available. The paperback published by Createspace has black and white interior images, while the books published by Los Angeles Fashion Resource and Fairbanks publishing contain color images inside the bookPattern Design: Fundamentals is an ideal book for beginners to the field of fashion design as well as self-guided learners. Pattern Design: Fundamentals covers the basics of pattern making, terminology and drafting concepts. This book is different than all other drafting books of its kind. This drafting book combines knowledge…
Author(s): Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks, Dawn Marie Forsyth

4. Patternmaking for Fashion Design (2013)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListPrinted in Asia – Carries Same Contents as of US edition – Opt Expedited Shipping for 3 to 4 day delivery – – Does NOT include any CD…
Author(s): Helen Joseph Armstrong

5. How to Make Sewing Patterns, second edition (2016)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListHow to Make Sewing Patterns solves the mysteries of pattern drafting with easy, step-by-step instructions and clear line drawings that show how to create custom-fit garments in a wide range of designs. The book’s detailed instructions on measuring and fitting include do-it-yourself photographs as well as directions for creating custom dress forms. “Don McCunn has certainly mastered pattern drafting and fitting a wide range of bodies. Whether or not you have taken pattern drafting in a class, this book is a good reference in a very readable style. I…
Author(s): Don McCunn

6. Bare Essentials: Bras – Second Edition (2016)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListThis is the second edition revised July 2016. The new edition includes drafting and grading directions in Adobe Illustrator and in PolyPattern Software. The Bare Essentials series is an invaluable resource for anyone entering into the field of lingerie design. This volume summarizes the basics of bra design, from sewing and construction to drafting and pattern grading; introducing these subjects in a manageable capacity. Bare Essentials is organized into three main sections based on the complexities of the information provided. Included in this book are basic patterns for sizes 30A-40F. What you will learn: • Construction methods…
Author(s): Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks

7. The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting (2012)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListNo matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide . The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly!With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn: See the on basic garments, . Then follow fitting solutions on . Hundreds of illustrate the techniques and concepts in simple…
Author(s): Sarah Veblen

8. Pattern Fitting With Confidence (2008)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListNancy Zieman’s pattern fitting approach is easy – no cutting, slashing, tucking or pinching—just logical and easy pivot-and-slide techniques, providing a painless method to follow that results in a garment that is comfortable and attractive. Once you learn Nancy’s techniques for fitting, you will find it easy to make every garment you sew fit your size and shape. Multiple fitting charts are included in the book, as well as an index for locating technical information at a glance….
Author(s): Nancy Zieman

9. Sheet-Metal Pattern Drafting and Shop Problems (1975)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListThis text has been prepared for use in vocational schools, trade schools, technical schools, and high schools offering courses in sheet metal pattern drafting and shop work, and for home study by apprentices and sheet metal workers. It meets every requirement as a textbook and is also well adapted for reference use by draftsmen, shop foremen, and metal workers engaged in laying out patterns for general sheet metal work, heating, ventilating, cornice, and heavy plate work. The proper sequence so necessary for successful instruction in sheet metal pattern drafting is an important feature of…
Author(s): James S. Daugherty, Robert E. Powell, et al.

10. How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns: From store-bought patterns to drafting your own: a complete guide to fashion sewing with confidence (2010)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListAn accomplished fashion designer shows women who make their own garments how to improve on store-bought sewing patterns by adjusting the clothing items length and other details to reflect personal taste and create a custom fit. The books opening chapters present an illustrated guide to the tools, equipment, and fabrics needed for making garments, while also serving as a miniature textbook to teach basic sewing techniques. Chapters that follow offer detailed instruction in adapting and altering a store-bought pattern to suit individual tastes. Alterations include adding flare, and modifying the shapes of bodices, arm holes, neck lines,…
Author(s): Lee Hollahan

11. How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design (2013)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListWhen you are trying to learn something new, the best teachers are often the ones who will walk you slowly through all of the basics in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand. It is this approach to learning that has lead us to create “How Patterns Work”, so that those who wish to learn pattern making can have a simplified and streamlined introduction to all of the fundamental principles that lie at the core of pattern making.If you have tried to learn pattern making in the past and felt daunted by the complex drawings and measurements, or are a sewer who has felt…
Author(s): Assembil Books

12. Custom Pattern Making with PatternMaker Software: A Step-by-Step Manual for the Professional Studio With an Introduction to Macro Generator (2012)

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate ListThis manual takes you through the PatternMaker Software tools as well as teaching basic pattern making techniques. As a bonus, this manual includes an introduction to Macro Generator. Learn to create your own macros for personal use or to sell….
Author(s): Jennifer K. Smith

Best Pattern Drafting Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some pattern drafting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear

Author(s): Sally Melville
Publisher: Potter Craft, Year: 2013, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1055106

Knitting Pattern Essentials Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear

Author(s): Sally Melville
Publisher: Potter Craft, Year: 2013, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1550183

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns From store-bought patterns to drafting your own a complete guide to fashion sewing with confidence

Author(s): Lee Hollahan
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Year: 2010, Size: 53 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1551066

Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking

Author(s): Pamela C. Stringer
Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd, Year: 1992, Size: 74 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 822844

Drafting Torchon Lace Patterns

Author(s): Stillwell Alexandra
Publisher: Dryad Press Ltd, Year: 1987, Size: 60 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1551252

Pattern Drafting Grading

Author(s): Rohr M.
Publisher: , Year: , Size: 55 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1818232

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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