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By Cal Patch
Whether you are one of the 3.8 million Project Runway viewers dying to get started creating your own designs or you are tired of trying on clothes that don’t fit exactly right or express your completely unique style, Design-It-Yourself Clothes (Potter Craft, September 22, 2009; $24.99) is the book you have been waiting for. Former Urban Outfitters designer, Cal Patch, teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing.
Why face the impossible struggle of trying to find the clothing of your dreams that fits your exact body on the racks? With her fun, youthful aesthetic Patch guides aspiring DIY fashionistas on everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer. Patternmaking opens up world of possibilities, infinitely expanding your clothing selection and allowing you to create pieces that fit your body and your budget.
In five key projects (each with four variations)-a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants-Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.
But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing-so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.
Not everyone can be a contestant on Project Runway or afford designer price tags, but fortunately with Design-It-Yourself Clothes anyone can create their own runway worthy designs at home.
About the Author
CAL PATCH was a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters and Free People before creating her own label, Hodge Podge. She teaches sewing and patternmaking throughout New York City.
By Cal Patch
Potter Craft? Publication Date: September 22, 2009? 978-0-307-45139-2? Paperback? $24.99