Patternmaking for Fashion Design, 5th edition

  • Helen Joseph Armstrong


Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, Patternmaking for Fashion Design offers detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the essence of patternmaking. Hinging on a recurring theme that all designs are based on one or more of the three major patternmaking and design principles–dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring–it provides students with all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Some innovative, new information in this book include:


  • Updated with modern, cutting-edge sketches and designs.  
  • Ribbing added to the knit section of Chapter 27.
  • More materials on children's wear and swim wear.
  • Knock offs.
  • Fitting corrections
  • Advanced design projects
  • A practical introduction to patternmaking
  • Complete coverage of the three steps of design patterns: dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring.
  • Chapter projects
  • Table of contents

    1. Patternmaking Essentials for the Workroom
    2. Form Measurements and Figure Analysis
    3. Drafting the Basic Pattern Set
    4. Dart Manipulation. (Principle #1)
    5. Designing with Darts (Tuck-Darts, Pleats, Flare and Gathers)
    6. Stylelines
    7. Added Fullness (Principle #2)
    8. Yokes, Flanges, Pin-Tucks, and Pleat Tucks
    9. Contouring (Principle #3)
    10. Collars
    11. Built-up Necklines
    12. Cowls
    13. Skirts/Circles and Cascades
    14. Sleeves
    15. Kimono, Raglan, Drop Shoulder, Exaggerated Armholes
    16. Buttons, Buttonholes, and Facings
    17. Plackets and Pockets
    18. Dresses without Wasteline Seams (Based on Torso Foundation)
    19. Strapless Foundations and Interconstruction
    20. Patternmaking for Bias-Cut Dresses
    21. Shirts
    22. Women’s Jackets and Coats
    23. Men’s Wear
    24. Capes and Hoods
    25. Knock-Off Copying Ready-Made Designs
    26. Pants
    27. Knits — Stretch and Shrinkage Factors
    28. Knit Top Foundations
    29. Activewear for Dance and Exercise
    30. Swimwear
    31. Introduction to Childrenswear
    32. Drafting the Basic Pattern Set: Measurement Taking, Standard Measurement Charts
    33. Collars, Sleeves, and Skirts
    34. Dresses and Jumpers
    35. Tops
    36. Pants and Jumpsuits
    37. Bodysuits, Leotards, Mailott, and Swimwear

    Published by Pearson (October 16th 2009) - Copyright © 2010