Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pattern Magic 2 and another Giveaway!

One Pattern Magic book is not enough, readers, right? We just have to take a peek at the Pattern Magic 2. And yes, Laurence King Publishing is again giving away one copy to a lucky reader of this blog. But let me show you what's at stake.


The book starts with an intriguing design where a three-dimensional shaping is achieved using design lines instead of traditional bust, shoulder and waist darts. Relatively simple once you know how it works.


Before, I was often intrigued about the process of incorporating design lines - those seams and details that usually don't serve as shaping. Nakamichi's method is mostly free of trial and error - with some fabric manipulation you may just draw a shape on your three-dimensional sloper, cut along the new lines and get a pattern. It is the best method I know, in my opinion, but still it is not that simple. It would only make sense to try the project illustrated by Nakamichi before attempting own design, as you won't come around making some slits and folds in places where the pattern won't lie flat - this does require some guidance, at least for the first time.
"Always be flexible in your thinking as you find ways to complete your garment," - a reasonable advice from Nakamichi since many of her designs are very much a launching pad for your creativity.
 PART 1: PLAYING WITH GEOMETRICS

Geometry is the main topic of this book section as Nakamachi integrates different shapes into her designs.
"...When you wrap these shapes around you, the excess fabric flares or drapes elegantly. I also tried incorporating artistic forms and details. Geometric figures can produce beautiful shapes."
Yes, some of these garments are truly artistic and, for me, less wearable, but I love peeking at the engineering process so well illustrated in Nakamichi's books. It's like being in a museum archive and being able to touch and examine the pieces.Yet there are also styles that can make a great addition to your wardrobe. Here, my favorites:

(From top left) Just like a stole, A ball-shaped accordion (jabara), Wearing a square, Square accordion (jabara)

PART 2: DECORATIVE STRUCTURES
"Twisting, catching, draping - various methods with which to capture different qualities of fabric and  incorporate them into elegant garments"
I love this part which is full of beautiful and intricate styles and my absolute favorite that I plan to try for a summer style is the Flip turn, and its variation Flip turn for a draped effect.


"I increased the depth of the shadows by rotating the fabric and then flipping it over like the flip turn of swimmers in a pool." - no worries, readers, if this rather poetic explanation don't help a lot, diagrams in the book are more illustrative.
Another great pattern manipulation technique to learn is Different facings, different looks. It is amazing to see how differently shaped facing change the look of an almost identical bodice.


PART 3: IT VANISHED

Fun, fun, fun part for anyone who loves intriguing garment details: a vanishing scarf, a vanishing tie, a vanishing lapel, and three variations of a vanishing pocket.



THE BUNKA-STYLE SLOPER FOR AN ADULT WOMAN

 One problem a novice to patternmaking may encounter is the bodice sloper in the book. 



"The Bunka-style sloper (block) for an adult woman," says Nakamichi, is "created for the body shape of the modern Japanese women." 

What that means to someone who has a similar shape like me - a relatively curvy, pear-shaped body - is that we either have to do a few fitting adjustments to the sloper, or try to manipulate an existing fitted sloper before proceeding with the projects.  Overall, I don't think it is a huge issue, because it is a good habit to work with a fitted sloper anyway. So, incorporate this step in your planning if you are want to create an entire garment piece based on Nakamichi's projects.

THE GIVEAWAY

So, are you ready for the giveaway, readers? If yes, leave a comment by Wednesday, December 5, The winning comment (chosen by random drawing) will get Pattern Magic 2 in English.

One small detail! In your comment, please share with the rest of us which style, from those featured in this review, you like the most.

Good Luck!

68 comments:

  1. The vanishing lapel is by far my favorite. I always enjoy reading your blog posts!

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  2. The facings are all wonderful. I'd have a hard time picking one. Love all of the other creative touches as well.

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  3. The vanishing lapel most intrigues me. I would love to win a copy of the book.

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  4. I love the blouse with the pleating at the hip...just lovely.

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  5. The vanishing scarf is divine! I think these books are amazing and beautiful eye candy, but I can't imagine being able to replicate these techniques. Yet.....

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  6. I love the idea of playing with facing shapes to achieve different results; I'm altering a wedding dress for a friend, and think I will have to play with that technique! This book really looks amazing. Speaking of amazing....I adore your blog!

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  7. I like the black and white shaping of the side of the blouse in the first picture.

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  8. Oh I want this! I have been looking at the videos TR Cutting School on youtube which due similar types of things and I am just dying to try some of these techniques.I find all the pictured techniques fascinating, but I would especially like to try doing something like that black and white jacket.

    Stephanie
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  9. Definitely entire my name it the drawing. I am really interested in the twisted neckline variations and the last collar/draped neckline.

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  10. They all look intriguing and worthwhile, but the neckline facing variations would be first on my to sew list. They look so special.

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  11. I love the look of the accordian pleats within the seam. I think this look might be terribly cute at the bottom of a pencil skirt

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  12. That first look is TO. DIE. FOR. My brain is exploding with the possibilities... how I would love to get my mits on this book!

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  13. The book looks so exciting! I would love to try to make that black and white dress, but those ball-shaped sleeves.... Wow.. That would be something fierce!

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  14. I would like to work with the neck line differences. There is so much to achieve with small changes.

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  15. I love the decorative structures bit. Such simple changes to the neckline can drastically change the appearance of a top or dress. Following this, the variations on shirts that I've already made could be endless! And I'm not even going to go into how elegant they look. Beautiful! My heart is beating faster just thinking about my possibilities...

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  16. Thanks so much for your very informative review, Marina. I really like the "flip turn" with the draped effect. I would love to see what you make from this book~~thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

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  17. All the designs are interesting and I like the vest with accordian pleats the best. Thanks

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  18. I think I have to go with the Flip Turn look. I would definitely wear that! Flip Turn and the other designs are just absolutely fascinating to look at.

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    1. I have made the flip turn and like how it looks, the trick with that is to find fabrics which are reversible , to overcome that i divided the pattern piece that flips into half and then joined and used them..i have blogged about it here
      http://www.adithisammasews.com/2012/03/first-outfit-from-pattern-magic-2.html

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  19. I wasn't entirely sure before, but having seen the samples I am drooling! Fascinating to see what can be done, and I really love the Flip Turn, I can absolutely see me wearing that. Secondly (but close!) is the different facings. Now, I am fascinated by the it vanished section, although I wonder how on earth one can wear/wash those clothes. Do they need a ton of starch or stiff interfacing to make them work? I must confess I might have to try one though, even if it wasn't practical for everyday wear.

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  20. These are all lovely... I especially like (and would make) the Vanishing Lapel and the Vanishing Pocket... the Flip Turn dress looks very interesting and elegant too.

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  21. I would love to win Pattern Magic 2! My favorite technique was the first.........three dimensional shaping using design lines rather than bust darts. So much more appealing looking that pointy, straight darts.

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  22. The different facing techniques are definitely my favorite. It would be amazing to try it out! I promise I would even learn how to adapt a sloper for my own so-not-Japanese body :)

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  23. Many cool designs, but the Jabara square accordion waistcoat is my favorite. I could actually see wearing that and it would look great made up in plain or printed linen. Whenever I attempt something, I try to pick a pattern that I'll want to make in multiples.



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  24. That vanishing business is amazing! I'd love to wear something like that just to see the look on people's faces when they try to figure it out.

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  25. You are sooooo right one pattern book is never enough. I'd love to learn to make a pattern using "Square accordion (jabara)" as I think this style is stunning and would suit my curvy figure.

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  26. I love the black flip-turn, it is so Jackie O. Just classic and chic.

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  27. I'd love to try the vanishing details - the pockets in particular, but that vanishing tie is also very cute and fun.

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  28. Ooooh, I absolutely adore the blouse which uses design lines! I would love to try that method of patternmaking.

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  29. Hmm, so hard to chose! I like them all, but would probably be inclined to start with the draped collar blouse (looks like a cowl.) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. I love the geometric shapes, probably because I'm in the midst of a pleat fetish. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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  31. PART 1: PLAYING WITH GEOMETRICS is the most interesting to me! Love this book!

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  32. I love these books and have No 1 from the library as we speak. I love all the patterns especially the 'disappearing' garments but the one I love is the 'Just like a Stole". I love the high back neckline and the dart in the middle. sofiem@internode.on.net www.sewdarntired.blogspot.com

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  33. I love the shaping of the first image- the black & white blouse/jacket. Lovely.

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  34. Geometrical shapes are the most interesting by far!
    Thanks for the blog, love it.

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  35. I like the playing with geometrics section, as the others probably wouldn't be so flattering for my chest! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  36. Oh I would love to play with the asymmetrical facing!

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  37. I love the first design in black and white. I want to try making a dress using that pinciple!

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  38. The designs are all different and amazing. Would love to give some of them a try. Especially the ball shaped accordion sleeve.

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  39. The vanishing lapel is quite a wonder!

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  40. It looks like even better than the first one. I realy want to get a learning experience from this book!!!

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  41. And of course about style - I realy like both geometrics, and decorative structures.

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  42. There's no question I'll be making a summer shirt with the vanishing tie!

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  43. I think the whole style of this book is very interesting, but the flip turn style is the one that I am dying for:)

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  44. I really love the bodice with the different color insets and the flared out part below the waist. I would love to have a go at making one of these.

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  45. Wow - another chance to win! I love the changing facing effect that leads to the asymmetric neckline, also the raised stole effect. Simply gorgeous!

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  46. I like to play with shapes and forms!!! A ball-shaped accordion is beautiful!!!!!

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  47. Wow! I love the jacket ("wearing a square"). It's so me. Hope I get the book, but good luck to all.

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  48. They are all amazing! I really like the top with the black panels on the side in the second page taken from the book.

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  49. I love the black and white dress w the color blocking. I love geometry and I totally agree with the premise of this book. I also like the knotted top. It would be fun to try some of these techniques.

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  50. I absolutely love 3D pieces! They remind me of Shingo Sato and his "Transformational reconstruction".

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  51. These are probably so far past my skill level but I'm ready to learn. The vanishing scarf and tie are divine!

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  52. I have to say that I'm always amazed by the vanishing lapel, I just looks like it's very wearable, and would draw so much attention when walking down the streets!

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  53. The Pattern Magic books are real magic. I could just look at the pictures for hours in admiration. I love most the "square accordion" and the "flip turn".

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  54. Love to look at, the black and white one with all the seaming. Love to make and wear, the "flip turn with draping" (black one)

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  55. I love them all, but the flip turn is my favourite too

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  56. The ball-shaped accordion (jabara) intrigues me the most.

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  57. The flip-turn and the flip-turn for a draped effect are absolutely stunning!

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  58. I love the "different facings, different looks" . So simple, so genius. I love Japanese fashion. I was super into it in mid 80s. The fabric manipulation really intrigues me.

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  59. I used to live in Japan and actually learned sewing from Japanese pattern books. The instructions and diagrams are simply the best in the world. Now that we've moved to the UK I really miss the Japanese bookstores where I used to spend hours browsing...

    I would love to have a copy of the Pattern Magic 2, and try making the "Vanishing Scarf". It is truly magical!

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  60. I'm in! And I really liked the simple way of differently shaped facings.

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  61. It will be wonderful to have such a book. I really like vanished; I'm intrigued by the vanishing tie, scarf and lapel. Amazing!

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  62. I've fallen for flip turn for a draped effect. Simple and elegant! I enjoy examining all the innovative designs.

    Anne C

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  63. I've got #2 in my stash and I'll try the vanishing pieces next year. They are so innovate and subtle at the same time.

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  64. I love the ball shaped accordion! Would love to try that in a costume. I really want these books now that I have seen your reviews.

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  65. I like the model with black insertions, I want it!

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