Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear: From Birth to 14 Years

Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear: From Birth to 14 Years

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By (author) Winifred Aldrich

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 246mm x 18mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 14 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 140518292X
  • ISBN 13: 9781405182928
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 17,911

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This fourth edition of Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear remains the standard text book but has three majorimprovements. First, the sections have been re-organised to reflect changes in producing and marketing children's clothes. Today's popularity of easy-fitting styles and knitted fabrics means that basic 'flat' pattern cutting is used to construct the majority of children's wear and babywear and this type of cutting is therefore emphasised in this new edition. Shaped blocks and garments, cut to fit the body form, are still included, and are placed in chapters covering some school uniform garments or more expensive fashion or formal clothes. The book now clearly separates the sections useful to student beginners (Parts One, Two and Three), and also offers more advanced or specialist sections for students who wish to pursue a career in children's wear or for designers working in the different manufacturing sectors of the trade. The second change in this fourth edition is the introduction of colour coding to the sections; this makes it easier to identify specific processes in the book and enhances the illustrations. Finally, the size charts have been revised to reflect the changes in body sizing. The clear division of the boys' and girls' measurements in the charts has been in response to the way clothes are marketed and to co-ordinate with European size charts. 'Plus' charts for heavier children have also been added.

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Winifred Aldrich is a practising fashion designer, experienced in both the industry and education, and is now working in computer-aided design in her own studio. She was previously a lecturer in Loughborough and London for 14 years and is continuing her research at The Nottingham Trent University. Her books on pattern cutting have become bestsellers.

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Hundreds of stylish illustrations and clear, concise instructions are used to illustrate this flexible system of pattern cutting, offering both students and designers the means to achieve original, well-cut designs. The children's clothing market has changed remarkably during the last decade, and this standard work has been revised to reflect new developments, including the increasing importance of the teenage customer. This fourth edition of "Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear" now uses colour to differentiate the main groups of patterns and with its tried and tested layout is an essential purchase for students of fashion and design.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 4 Introduction 5 Design and pattern cutting for babywear and children's wear 6 The growth of children and adolescents 8 Tools and equipment for making patterns 10 Chapter 1 The basic principles -- sizing -- using the blocks 11 PART ONE: 'FLAT' CUTTING -- BABYWEAR (birth--2 years) Chapter 2 Specific babywear blocks 23 Chapter 3 Specific babywear adaptations 31 PART TWO: 'FLAT' CUTTING -- BASIC GARMENTS (1--14 years) Chapter 4 The 'flat' blocks -- woven and jersey fabrics 39 Chapter 5 Basic tops, dresses and skirts for girls 57 Chapter 6 Overgarments for girls and boys 69 Chapter 7 Sport and leisurewear for girls and boys 79 Chapter 8 Nightwear for boys and girls 87 PART THREE: STANDARD PATTERN CUTTING PROCESSES (birth--14 years) Chapter 9 Constructing sleeves 95 Chapter 10 Constructing openings, collars and hoods 109 PART FOUR: 'FORM' CUTTING -- SCHOOLWEAR AND FORMAL WEAR (3--14 years) Chapter 11 Classic blocks for schoolwear and formal wear 121 Chapter 12 Pattern adaptations for schoolwear 149 Chapter 13 Pattern adaptations for girls' formal wear 165 PART FIVE: 'FORM' CUTTING -- CONSTRUCTING BLOCKS FOR GIRLS WITH DEVELOPING FIGURES (11--14 years) Chapter 14 The basic blocks and size charts 175 PART SIX: GRADING PATTERNS (birth--14 years) Chapter 15 Grading patterns for babywear and children's wear 187 Appendix: Aliquot parts 201 Glossary 202 Supplementary body measurements 203 Bibliography and further reading 206 Chapter index 207