Using quick, easy-to-understand techniques this book brings the traditional couturier's method of creating bespoke garment patterns into the world of the home sewer. Unless you are one of the standard sizes dictated by garment pattern manufacturers (and very, very few women are), you will need to adapt a shop-bought pattern to make it fit you. Draping calico on your body following Lynne Garner's detailed step-by-step instructions results in a pattern block that is shaped to your body and works well in fabric. Learn how to then adapt your basic bodice, sleeve and skirt blocks to create a literally limitless number of gorgeous tops, trousers, skirts and dresses, all of which fit you to perfection. All you need to start your own Perfect Fit wardrobe is some calico, pins and a sewing buddy to help you out (you can return the favor so you both have bespoke pattern blocks).
Lynne Garner designs for several magazines including Sewing Today. She is a skilled seamstress and crafter and also lectures part-time. Lynne lives in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire.
Introduction; Chapter 1 Getting Started; Measuring your body accurately; Tools and equipment; Marking the blocks; Pinning the blocks; Working with different fabrics; Dressmaking techniques; Chapter 2 Draping Your Basic Blocks; The basic bodice; The basic sleeve; The basic skirt; Chapter 3 Making Your Paper Patterns; Drawing out the pattern pieces; Adding pattern markings; Chapter 4 Creating Your Mix-and-Match Wardrobe; Adapting your bodice block to make six tops; Adapting your sleeve block to make six sleeve styles; Adapting your skirt block to make three skirts and three trousers; Adapting your bodice and skirt block to make six dresses; Chapter 5 Adding extra elements; Index and acknowledgments.