Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book love: Design-It-Yourself Clothes

I'm really enjoying this book I got from the library recently called Design-it-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch. It's one of those books that seemed to jump out of the rack at me. You know when that happens and it feels like it's just meant to be? And I've been enjoying it ever since, in a nerdy, sewing obsessed kinda way.

The book teaches you how to draft patterns yourself based on your own measurements. You start with the projects in the book, then the idea is to go on to draft patterns for anything you can think of. Since I've only ever drafted a pattern for an A-line skirt there was a lot of useful information in the book and I had a few 'ah-hah' moments.

There are a couple of designs to make that I particularly like, such as these trousers with cute detail pockets, and this skate skirt...

But it's the designs in my head that I'm most excited about trying. Now I think I've finally worked up the courage to go and try it (amongst all the other projects I've set myself - it might take a while!). Wish me luck!


  1. Looks like a great book :)I sure the pants and skirt will be excellent!!!

  2. I love this book too - lots of great info in it.

  3. Hi Lumina, thanks for your comment, I keep trying to leave a comment on your lovely blog but the *%#@! scrambled word verification thingey isn't letting me in!! I can feel a big rant about technical stuff coming on...

  4. Hey Jo... no worries... sometimes I feel the need for a little "fist shaking" at the computer too!!! :)


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