Starting this month, we'll be reviewing several books each month.
They could be new releases or old-but-good books that are key building blocks in any costumer's library.
This month, Marion McNealy reviews several pattern drafting books that are key components in her costumer library.
With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897.
Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...
Have you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.
In part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.
Before you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.
Elizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy.
What if you want to "standardize" your patterns and sell them? It's not as complicated as you might think... Jennie shows how.
Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.
How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.
Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.
Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?
When making a costume, an extant garment is the ideal research source. Once you have one, how do you analyze it?
Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.
How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.
How to make your own personalised Victorian corset pattern - a class suitable for beginners! You'll be surprised how well it fits...
Taking the mystery, the jargon and as many numbers as possible out of the process of drafting your own patterns, step by step.
If you want to sew but never seem to do it, maybe it's your space that's the problem. Here are some clever hacks to fix YOUR sewing space.
In Part 6 of this series, we perfect the historical fit using what we've learned from the modern sloper, along with a little research.
In Part 5 of this series, we'll go historical now, taking what we've learned from the modern sloper and using it to fit a Victorian bodice pattern.