I am one of those fans, so when the Laurence King Publishing (check out their amazing books!) contacted me asking to review Pattern Magic books I knew exactly I have a lot to say. Let's be honest, however. I am not wearing Drop Hole skirts, or Lumps and Bumps tops, but I love going through the projects figuring out how the pieces were constructed.
|Definitely intriguing: a Drop Hole Skirt and a Lumps and Bumbs bodice|
How smart is that? I made a few flounces this way and it seemed to make so much more sense than using C=2πr formula, or slash and spread method.
The same applies to the Flare concealed in a curve. I've seen similar style on the runway recently, but go and figure out how they did it! Pattern Magic has an answer for many of those tricky questions:
"Take the pieces of a three-dimensional garment and flatten them, to get individual pattern pieces. The relationship between the flat pattern pieces and the three-dimensional structure of the garment never changes. You can create a garment by cutting, moving and reassembling the pieces of a pattern, just like pieces of a puzzle."And that is what makes this book so valuable to me.
Of course, many of the designs featured in the book are not only inspirational but also wearable. So it is not surprising that you will see projects from the book being quoted on the runway, just like this
GRIPES, GRUMBLES & GROUCHES
Ok, would you believe me if I said the book is perfect?.. There is always something to grumble about, right? For example, one drawback in the book is that there are hardly any fabric recommendations. After making a few trial projects from muslin, I realized that some of them can work with only a very specific fabric. So, if you do use the book, look at the fabric in the photographs and proceed accordingly.
Second, the lack of construction information is quite a problem with some projects, even for advanced sewers. Of course, this is a book about pattern-making, but if it needs to appeal to a wider audience, at least a bare minimum of construction tips should have been included. But, well, that's my personal opinion.
On the positive side (a sigh of relief), I have seen so many bloggers make garments based on Pattern Magic that I am sure you will find plenty of information for the most popular pieces on the Internet - just google Pattern Magic.
Making these projects does require some patience, but with some basic patternmaking skills you will succeed. After all, you can take only one small detail and use it in your own garment, be it a sleeve, a collar, a frill or anything else.
FINALLY, THE GIVEAWAY
Now, readers, do you want to know more, or try the projects yourself? The publisher offered a copy of Pattern Magic in English to one reader of this blog. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, November 25. I would appreciate it a lot if you could add a line or two about the book: have you heard about it before? any favorite projects? or just anything related - I love getting your feedback on reviews...