Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph ArmstrongPatternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong

Patternmaking for Fashion Design

byHelen Joseph Armstrong

Hardcover | September 30, 2009

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Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, Patternmaking for Fashion Design offers detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the essence of patternmaking. Hinging on a recurring theme that all designs are based on one or more of the three major patternmaking and design principles–dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring–it provides students with all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Some innovative, new information in this book include:


  • Updated with modern, cutting-edge sketches and designs.  
  • Ribbing added to the knit section of Chapter 27.
  • More materials on children's wear and swim wear.
  • Knock offs.
  • Fitting corrections
  • Advanced design projects
  • A practical introduction to patternmaking
  • Complete coverage of the three steps of design patterns: dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring.
  • Chapter projects
  • Title:Patternmaking for Fashion DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:832 pages, 11 × 8.8 × 1.4 inPublished:September 30, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:0136069347

    ISBN - 13:9780136069348


    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informational This book is so COMPLETE. It has everything you need to know about patternmaking. A huge variety of the different styles. It covers womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and even swimwear. You can call yourself a professional if you master all the projects in this book.
    Date published: 2018-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from comprehensive. This book is essential to all seamstresses and patternmakers. It was the first book I ever learned to draft patterns from back in 2010 and I'm still referencing it ! This is a staple in my sewing room and very comprehensive.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for pattern making Amazing piece for fashion college students
    Date published: 2017-06-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fashion school must This is the only book you'll ever need for professional pattern making.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Text!! I'm a student at Durham College and using this in my first Pattern Making course. It's great, full of instruction!
    Date published: 2014-05-05

    Table of Contents

    1. Patternmaking Essentials for the Workroom
    2. Form Measurements and Figure Analysis
    3. Drafting the Basic Pattern Set
    4. Dart Manipulation. (Principle #1)
    5. Designing with Darts (Tuck-Darts, Pleats, Flare and Gathers)
    6. Stylelines
    7. Added Fullness (Principle #2)
    8. Yokes, Flanges, Pin-Tucks, and Pleat Tucks
    9. Contouring (Principle #3)
    10. Collars
    11. Built-up Necklines
    12. Cowls
    13. Skirts/Circles and Cascades
    14. Sleeves
    15. Kimono, Raglan, Drop Shoulder, Exaggerated Armholes
    16. Buttons, Buttonholes, and Facings
    17. Plackets and Pockets
    18. Dresses without Wasteline Seams (Based on Torso Foundation)
    19. Strapless Foundations and Interconstruction
    20. Patternmaking for Bias-Cut Dresses
    21. Shirts
    22. Women’s Jackets and Coats
    23. Men’s Wear
    24. Capes and Hoods
    25. Knock-Off Copying Ready-Made Designs
    26. Pants
    27. Knits — Stretch and Shrinkage Factors
    28. Knit Top Foundations
    29. Activewear for Dance and Exercise
    30. Swimwear
    31. Introduction to Childrenswear
    32. Drafting the Basic Pattern Set: Measurement Taking, Standard Measurement Charts
    33. Collars, Sleeves, and Skirts
    34. Dresses and Jumpers
    35. Tops
    36. Pants and Jumpsuits
    37. Bodysuits, Leotards, Mailott, and Swimwear