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  • Laurence King Publishing

Pattern Magic 2

Tomoko Nakamichi

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Fashion & textiles: design

More Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-cutting text from Japan, partner to the original Pattern Magic book

Pattern Magic 2 is the follow up to the best-selling Pattern Magic. This series takes the cult pattern-cutting text from Japan and gives the reader an easy-to-follow guide to creating stunning, sculptural garments with a couture feel. Inspiring and exciting, this volume takes a creative approach to pattern cutting with more step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy.

This book looks at creating interesting surfaces, optical illusions and curved shapes through pattern cutting. All the basic information you need to start pattern cutting is included, from the basic block to measurements and scaling. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the muslins (toiles) and the finished garments. The 200 illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes.

Review for Pattern Magic 2:

'A super useful thing I found in these books is that EACH of the projects shown has its own tutorial with text, measurements and step by step images that show you how to create the paper pattern. This allow you to learn new sewing techniques.'


Using this book

Part 1: Playing with Geometrics
Wearing a balloon; wearing a circle; wearing a triangle; wearing a square; sprouting at the back; sprouting at the front; just like a stole; a ball-shaped accordion; circular accordion; circular sleeve; square accordion

Part 2: Decorative structures
Knots; like a jungle; stars; flip turn; different facings, different looks; cowl neck; application of the cowl-neck design

Part 3: It vanished...
A vanishing scarf; a vanishing tie; a vanishing lapel; a vanishing pocket

Bunka-style sloper for an adult woman
Bunka-style sloper for an adult woman (size M) (half-scale)

*The dress form used as the basis for the designs in this book is the Bunka-style sloper (block) for an adult Japanese woman. All patterns are for a size M Japanese woman (bust 83cm, waist 64cm, and centre back length 38cm). The position of the cutting and opening out lines, the allowances, and other measurements may vary according to garment size. If you are using the half-scale dress form, reduce the full-sized measurements on the drawings by half when you develop the patterns.

For more Pattern Magic inspiration try the companion titles:
Pattern Magic
Pattern Magic 3
Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics

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