Added 3 new books to the pattern making book list. Two were highly recommended by Kathleen Fasanella (Fashion Incubator), and the third was only mentioned by her, but I liked it because the title uses the word ‘Tailoring’. The Amazon prices are listed to give you an idea of how expensive these materials are. In her article on making block patterns with saran wrap she points out that although there are several good books on pattern making and grading (lots that aren’t so good), the books by Jack Handford are actually used in the industry. ’nuff said, they’re now on the list.
#14. Professional Patternmaking for Designers: Women’s Wear and Men’s Casual Wear by Jack Handford – $40
# 15. Professional Pattern Grading for Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s Apparel by Jack Handford – $270–$999 (not kidding! it’s hard to get)
# 16. A Tailoring Manual by Gertrude Strickland – $20
If you’re interested in how uninteresting and antiquated and linear the process is to implement, here’s the URL:
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Tagged Bodice, Process
Posted the brute-force algorithm to calculate and draw the back bodice block pattern on the wiki. Thick. Non-sensical until you see it happen. Next step – create Python scripts to generate the lines. Transposing the creation of this block from incrementally lengthened lines to an algorithm where each line is created at full length was a bit tedious, but overall not rocket science.
Selected couchdb for storing client data. Couchdbkit comes highly recommended from a couple of persons from Canonical.
My pattern system book list has been reduced to 14, each of which has different interests.
I already own three of these, and hopefully I can get the rest through the public library system.
1. Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong- $80
2. Basic Pattern Skills for Fashion Design by Bernard Zamkoft – $65
4. Design Apparel Through the Flat Pattern Method by Ernestine Kopp – $66
5. Clothing Construction by Evelyn A. Mansfield – $50 – got it!
6. Dress Pattern Designing, More Dress Pattern Desiging by Natalie Bray – $120 (2 vols)
7. Designing patterns: A fresh approach to pattern cutting by Hillary Campbell – $35
8. Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich – $46
9. Pattern Cutting and Making Up by Martin Shoben – $60
10. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing by Kathleen Fasanella – $60 – got it!
11. The Practical Guide To Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear by Lori A. Knowles – $40
12. The Practical Guide To Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses and Womens by Lori A. Knowles – $40
13. Basics Fashion Design: Construction by Annette Fischer – $20
14. Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making by Marion S. Hillhouse and Evelyn A. Mansfield – $100 – got it!
Defining workflow for bodice. Completed back bodice.
As a first pass at using SVG, I was experimenting with using an Inkscape extension to emulate a brass pattern layout machine.
This was not completed, but I’ll revisit it as I gain knowledge of inkscape and SVG.
I’ve posted the files on the wiki. I’d love to hear comments from inkscape and SVG experts about what I’m doing right/wrong.
[UPDATE] Having spent time reading the SVG spec, I see some very obvious improvements to be made in this. I should have started there instead of with the Inkscape API. You can comment if you want to, but I’m already moving on from this . . .
Come see my presentation at LGM, if you can.
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