Friday Freebie: Pants!

By Anna Romaniuk and Ellen Knight

Drafting, modifying and fitting pants. In Imperial and Metric. No copyright. ‘nuff said. Get it here.

And if you loved that, this should be of interest too (downloadable pdf link at top left). Thank goodness for open access/ public domain/ do-gooding nerds. I hope to die a millionaire so I can leave my body to Science and everything else to Project Gutenberg (gwah! they have Alice’s Adventures Undergroundwith illustrations). And just for kicks, ye olde men’s pattern drafting.

I had an awesome/ frustrating time colouring up these ladies as Star Trek babes in Acorn then my laptop crashed and I lost everything so you’re just going to have to use your imagination (/recreational drugs) for now.

I managed to get Hillhouse and Manfield’s Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making via interlibrary loans from at Uni. It’s a beautiful hardback tome which is awesome in terms of the amount of information contained within but unfortunate in that I can’t get the text towards the centre to scan right on my tiny little A4 scanner. Which is a bit of a bummer because it’s an awesome book, totally out of copyright and perfect for sharing (people are selling pdfs on Etsy. I’ve said all I have to say on that so I’m not going to launch into another diatribe here). I am, however interested in the logistics of how these people scanned it-did they use a Google style magic robot or just take the binding apart and shove the pages through a document feeder?)

I spend a lot of time and effort scanning these books so I really hope the information is of use to someone out there. If you end up making something from this, do let me know, I’d love to see how it worked out.

On an aside, I drafted up Enid’s Apron of Delight today (in Imperial measurements, what what!) and I’ll be sewing it up tomorrow so fingers crossed on that.

Previously on Friday Freebies.

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