While you were in a department store or boutique, did you ever discover a beautiful dress or pants suit that you knew would be just perfect for you but that you had to pass up because it was simply too expensive? Had you been fully familiar with the principles of clothing design, it would have been a relatively easy matter to analyze that dress or pants suit, sketch patterns for its component parts, and whip it up yourself (for only a fraction of the retail price of the finished piece). THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PATTERN-MAKING explains those very principles of clothing design and clearly and concisely teaches the reader how to construct patterns for nearly all types of women's and children's garments. By using this guide, even the amateur seamstress will be able to expertly create blouses, skirts, slacks, and outer garments. Among the multitude of topics covered are: making personal slopers, bodices, darts, pleats, sleeves (bell, bishop, puff, epaulet, kimono, dolman, raglan . . .), buttons, one-piece garments, collars (full roll, sailor, turtle-neck, ruffle, mandarin, shawl . . .), capes, jackets, coats, pants (hip-huggers, flared, western-style . . .), and how to neatly put all the various parts together in order to make a high-quality, finished garment.
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