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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.

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.
Author(s): Nick Verreos, David Paul

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.
Author(s): Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks, Dawn Marie Forsyth

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

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.
Author(s): Don McCunn

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.
Author(s): Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks

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, .
Author(s): Sarah Veblen

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.
Author(s): Nancy Zieman

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.
Author(s): James S. Daugherty, Robert E. Powell, et al.

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.
Author(s): Lee Hollahan

How Patterns Work: The 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.
Author(s): Assembil Books

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 Library 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.

Modern Ladies' Tailoring: A basic guide to pattern drafting

Author(s): Sven Jungclaus
ID: 3679779, Publisher: Books on Demand, Year: 2020, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

Teach Yourself Stitch Craft and Dressmaking Pattern Making and Drafting Layout: Volume III--Making Your Own Patterns for Dress Designing

Author(s): Dueep Jyot Singh
ID: 3555785, Publisher: Mendon Cottage Books, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Knitting pattern essentials: adapting and drafting knitting patterns for great knitwear

Author(s): Melville, Sally
ID: 2723951, Publisher: Potter;TenSpeed;Harmony;Potter Craft, Year: 2013;2015, Size: 33 Mb, Format: epub

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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