Pattern Magic

By Tomoko Nakamichi

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  • Paperback
  • 200 illustrations
  • 104 pages
  • 257 x 190 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697057
  • Published September 2010

Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-cutting book from Japan. Taking inspiration from nature, from geometric shapes and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. The book takes a creative approach to pattern cutting, with step-by-step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy.

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 toiles and the finished garments. These easy-to-follow illustrations and detailed instructions make it easy to create stunning, sculptural clothes with a couture look.

About the Author

After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Ms. Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on design making, both in Japan and overseas. This book brings together the results of the research on garment patterns she has carried out to help instruct her students.

Customer Reviews

Very exciting Review by Basia Szkutnicka
'What makes these books unique is the clarity of instructions, coupled with simplified diagrams and photographs. The idea of now having these gems in English is so exciting, I strongly recommend that any fashion lover / student / tutor should get both volumes.'
Basia Szkutnicka, London College of Fashion (Posted on 12/17/12)
Fabulous book Review by Mary Gottlieb
‘This book is fabulous. The English language edition makes the techniques accessible to the novice and students alike. My students will now be able to incorporate the ideas into their coursework with ease.’
Mary Gottlieb; Parsons, The New School for Design (Posted on 12/17/12)
Great! Review by Deborah Beard
'I LOVE them. They don't even need words, the pics are great. I definitely say yes to this project.'
Deborah Beard, Associate Chair for Technical Design/Pattern making Certificate Programs, FIT (Posted on 12/17/12)

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'Avant-garde, intriguing, beautiful, mysterious, puzzling, plain nuts, unwearable, different - these are only a few attributes that are used to describe the book by a relatively large community of loyal following. Over 250 projects have been uploaded by some of those fans to the Pattern Magic group of Flickr. I am one of those fans.'
Frabjous Couture

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