Building Patterns was written for students who are new to patternmaking in that it starts with tools and ends with creating garments With every exercise, students broaden their skill level and gain a deeper understanding of the art of patternmaking However, for those with some patternmaking knowledge, the text can be used as a reference or one can pick and choose specific exercises they want to focus on The information is broken down intosubjects, which are fully explored before moving on In addition, the diagrams are clear and easy to follow which makes the book ideal for visual learners The text can be applied using individual body measurements The text begins with an INTRODUCTION to patternmaking tools and a primer on understanding patterns and patternmaking language The next subject, SKIRTSexercises , starts with how to draft slopers templates then instructs on how to draft flares, pleats, gores, yokes, linings, and many others MOULAGE shows how to make an upper body sloper DART MANIPLATIONexercises covers moving style lines around a bodice and turning darts into flare, pleats, etc LINESexercises gives instruction on how to draft princess lines, empire lines, a lines and NECKLINESexercises covers drafting boat, scalloped, and strapless necklines among others The next chapter, COLLARSexercises covers a wide range of styles from basic collars to advanced collars SLEEVESexercises demonstratesslopers and moves onto basic sleeves like the bell, puff and cap, through to advanced sleeves with plackets, pleats and cuffs POCKETSexercises covers patch, in seam and welt pockets PANTSexercises shows how to draft slack, jean and trouser slopers as well as how to draft a button or zipper fly, a yoke, cuffs, linings and The textbook wraps up with how to put all the pieces together to make full GARMENTSPages

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