Friday Freebie: Fundamentals of Patternmaking

You *can* make this.Title: Fundamentals of Patternmaking for Women’s Apparel

Book 1~Foundation Patterns

Author: Esther Kaplan Pivnick

Published: 1955, copyright not renewed i.e. it’s in the public domain now.

Concerned with matters relating to copyright? Please read this thoroughly. Cheers.

Aand.. straight to the good stuff:Table of Contents

It’s interesting how older drafting books focus on draping as an alternative block-making technique. This isn’t as common today and is a bit of a pity (Lucia Mors de Castro’s book is a welcome exception).

MeasuringTaking measurements

I included the image above for two reasons: measurement P which doesn’t turn up in modern-day pattern drafting books (any experts want to chime in on why?) and the fact that the faceless chick is wearing what looks like a modern-day strapless push-up bra.

I’m also a big fan of measurement lines denoted both on the mannequin as well as on the human figure (in so much as the diagram above represents a human figure).That diagonal measurement That diagonal measurement again on the corresponding blocks this time - not something I’ve noticed  in modern pattern-drafting books. Modifying a block for princess seams Creating a dress block by combining the bodice and skirt blocks and then modifying those for Princess seams. That bit marking grainlines on both pattern pieces should be highlighted in red.. XD Simple draping Achieving the same blocks through simple draping. Not so simple draping. Not so simple draping..Grading PatternsAaand Grading! (the book also includes grading for sleeves and pant blocks because Esther’s instructions are nothing if not comprehensive in the level of detail provided).

Get it.

Esther optimised this special pattern drafting system off one taught to her by her father. I did a bit of a search for Mr. Kaplan but all I could up with was this (somewhat related) book (thanks Internet archive)-how sweet are those convex darts? Perhaps Kaplan was not Ms E’s maiden name..

So what’s in Book 2? Necklines, collars, sleeves and styling of all sorts (mainly late forties, early fifties). The pièce de résistance however, is a chapter with instructions for drafting, styling and fitting the dress on the cover.

Oh yea.

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