Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear (5th edition) by Winifred Aldrich
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear, first published in 1975, provides a straightforward introductory book for students beginning courses in flat pattern cutting. This fifth edition continues to offer an introduction to the principles of pattern cutting, with a range of good basic blocks and examples of their application to garments.
New for this edition is the inclusion of color to help students recognize the different sections of the book and to enhance the garment illustrations? Colour illustrations also offer a new dimension to the updated material on computer-aided design and the CAD chapter now provides students with a clear guide to the technology.
The size charts have been revised to reflect the changes in body sizing, the co-ordination with European size charts, and the way that clothes are now marketed to different sectors. The great expansion of casual wear has led to the growth of ‘flat cutting’ with no darting, and the section devoted to this type of cutting has been further expanded.
This best-selling textbook with its tried-and-tested presentation of authoritative text and clear diagrams remains the essential purchase for students of fashion and design.
Revised edition 2008 This fifth edition of the original book remains true to its original concept, which offered a range of good basic blocks, an introduction to the basic principles of pattern cutting, and gave a few examples of their application into garments. The principal aim was to give students confidence in their ability to develop a unique style of pattern cutting and to offer tutors a starting point from which they could extend their students’ knowledge.
The new inclusions offered in the 2004 edition remain. These responded to the way fabrics and fashion have changed the cut and sizing of garments in different manufacturing processes. The great expansion of casual wear, in jersey or stretch fabrics, has led to the expansion of flat cutting with no darting to create the shape. The 2004 edition devoted a whole section to this type of cutting and the section has been extended in this edition. However, students have to understand how to create shape through cutting alone, in fact, formatting, and therefore the first section of the book still covers this technique.
The major difference in this new edition is the introduction of color. This will help students to recognize the different coded sections in the book. The addition of color offers a major improvement to the updated chapter on computer-aided design (CAD). This now offers to first-year design and clothing students a good introduction to the technology.
About the Author
Dr. Winifred Aldrich was formerly a Professor of Clothing Technology at Nottingham Trent University. She has also written two books specifically to enable students to extend their knowledge of fabrics and tailored garment cutting: Fabric, Form and Flat Pattern Cutting and Pattern Cutting for Tailored Jackets. Her other books include Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear and Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear.
Reviews about the ebook Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear:
Finally a pattern making book in the metric system, my mind just refuses to work with inches. Plus it’s impossible to get the same accuracy with inches as you get with millimeters.
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear has great instructions and clear illustrations and basic blocks work fine.
It seems daunting at first look because everything is so compact and laconic in this book. The best thing to do is to just start drafting and then the pieces come together.
It includes basic pattern alterations and designs but if you want something more complicated you’ll have to pair it with another pattern-making book, like Helen Joseph-Armstrong’s.
Also has a section for drafting blocks for individual figures which is very useful.
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear was initially a bit overwhelming, but one year into my fashion course it is all beginning to make sense. One of the go-to books for anyone serious about making their own patterns.
- P. B. Ghali:
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear gives you directions to produce any piece of clothing you may want. There are bodice blocks, trouser blocks, skirt and dress blocks as well as flat blocks (one that uses no shaping with darts.) Included are also collars, sleeves, and necklines. You can apply standard dimensions which are included in the beginning to follow directions for each respective block. Or, you can apply your very own measurements if they don’t correspond to the standard sizes as illustrated. This is a wonderfully comprehensive book. I am a novice sewer but was very eager to understand the cutting process and the magic of transforming 2D into 3D. The joining the dots process of recreating these blocks, allows one to understand the building blocks (no pun intended) of a pattern. The layout of the book is clear as are the instructions. A lot of work went into this book Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear.
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear is great! I can use it as a reference for making my own patterns. It tells where and what to measure for making different styles of garments. It covers a lot of information. By no means are the pattern formulas perfect though, I do think that you need some experience and intuition to know how to adjust them for a better fit or adjust them for your purpose. Good for intermediate sewers. Pattern formulas only, no sewing or construction instructions. You will need enough experience to do that part yourself.
A comprehensive book and a clear explanation Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear.
- Carol C:
Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear Fabulous ebook. Definitely for an experienced sewer. It does have a variety of styles that can be used as a basis to develop other styles.