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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
Kumiko Akatsuki
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good making your own pattern books?

I know there is already a topic similar if not the same as this but just needed to ask which would be best for MAKING the actual pattern not off an already created pattern

the books I've seen suggested and have looked into are:

How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald McCunn and Make Your Own Patterns: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Making Over 60 Dressmaking Patterns by Rene Bergh


Not sure which is considered the best but not sure how to design a few cosplays that really don't have a normal pattern base to go off of. Anything might fit wasn't sure of the two books above would be best to get (want to save money when possible)

Also curious any books on how to make appliques?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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Can't help you on the first question, but for the second, look to quilting books for good applique information. There have been some great books published 15-20-30 years ago that the information in them is still fully relevant, yet they are old enough to be super cheap
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Unread 02-02-2013, 12:50 AM   #3
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I would like to mention the Bunka Fashion College textbooks. The first volume talks some about pattern drafting and gives you the pattern for my personal favourite sloper. The method of pattern drafting I employ always starts with a sloper to ensure a good fit. The downsides are that there is only a female version of the sloper and the books are kinda expensive.

Both books you listed have good reviews on Amazon, and they're not too expensive, so probably either would be a good bet. Pattern-drafting is difficult, though, and time-consuming. It's a whole lot easier to modify a pattern you already have. The problem with a lot of pattern-drafting books I've seen is that they don't really cover methods for drafting...how shall I say this...specialty patterns.

For appliques, I have been using this method for years:
http://dark-zero-mousy.deviantart.co...iques-93864003
It's not a book, but I used this method for all the appliques on my Fai Fluorite and Seth Nightroad cosplays. And then some. You can find a lot of other really good methods by doing a search for applique tutorials on Deviantart.
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