Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion

Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion

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The pattern cutter's aesthetic judgement of proportion, balance, line and form has always underpinned success in fashion design. In Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion, Pat Parish approaches the subject from this perspective, identifying key shapes and structures from the catwalk and translating them into 3D through a number of cutting, draping and construction processes. These methods are explored here through a series of practical scenarios, richly illustrated and annotated with step-by-step instructions.

This exciting new approach provides you with the inspiration, tools and confidence to interpret and adapt basic patterns and take your designs even further.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 220 x 300 x 18mm | 932g
  • AVA Publishing SA
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 200 colour illus
  • 2940411905
  • 9782940411900
  • 438,348

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AVA Academia's Module Reader titles are designed to support specialised modules of visual arts degree courses. Packed with examples from students and professionals and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential exploration of the subject.Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion does not intend to rewrite previous pattern cutting books which have successfully documented traditional methods of flat pattern cutting and draping. Instead, it aims to select a variety of pattern cutting scenarios experienced in studio fashion teaching and learning, and communicate techniques and processes with clear visual instruction, fashion imagery and text. It aims to underpin this practical subject within a historical and theoretical context. Most of all, it aims to inspire and combine pattern, design and aesthetics, and for readers to gain confidence to explore a subject that can be considered difficult and too methodical to be interesting.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Context: what is a pattern?
The role of the pattern cutter
Body shape and size
Measuring and mapping the body
Getting started

Chapter 2: Pattern fundamentals: from 3D to 2D - basic blocks
Darts in design
Panel lines for fit and flare control
Complex style lines
Adding flare
Adding volume

Chapter 3: Shape
Inverted triangle

Chapter 4: Sleeves, collars and circles
Sleeve fundamentals
Set-in sleeves
Grown-on sleeves
Collar fundamentals
One-piece collars
Two-piece collars
Circles and ruffles

Chapter 5: Trousers
Trouser fundamentals
Standard and narrow fit
Adding pleats
Above waist fitting
Below waist fitting
Pockets, zips and finishes.

Chapter 6: Sustainability and fashion
Deconstructing hierarchies and traditions
Cutting down on waste
Pattern-led design
New horizons
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A fresh and innovative resource, which provides an exciting selection of contemporary patterns and a solid foundation for pattern drafting/cutting. Debbie Allsop, University of Huddersfield, UK
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A fresh and innovative resource, which provides an exciting selection of contemporary patterns and a solid foundation for pattern drafting/cutting. * Debbie Allsop, University of Huddersfield, UK * An important bookshelf addition... particularly for students in self-directed study wishing to advance their pattern cutting knowledge. * Janet Robinson, K College, UK * Excellent, easy to follow, introduces new styles and techniques, achievable exercises, eye-catching layout, modern on-trend shapes. -- Jayne Littlehales, Stafford College, UK Great title! There are many pattern cutting books on the market, but what sets this book apart is the historical commentary. Another distinguishing feature is the chapter on silhouette and shape in design. Both of these areas are rarely covered in other books. Well presented and easy to read lay out... Overall I feel this book will be a great addition to any fashion students reading list as it touches on areas that others have not! -- Megan McGuire, London College of Fashion, UK Practical and informative starting point for developing key silhouette shapes for further exploration. Inspiring, easy to understand with a contemporary feel. -- Krystyna Kolowska, Nottingham Trent University, UK Innovative and comprehensive pattern cutting book for both beginner and advanced level. This book interpreted well in aesthetic 3D technology in fashion! Fashion students and professionals should have one! -- Mio Jin, Huddersfield University, UK This book is perfect for intermediate course of pattern and construction. Creatively, simply and clearly presents different transformations, basic tools, body measurements, fitting. The case studies are interesting and helpful. The illustrations and visual quality are incredible. -- Joseve Munoz Islas, Universidad Anahuac, Mexico
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About Pat Parish

Pat Parish's teaching career began at the Royal College of Art, London. Alongside her teaching, she also worked as a freelance pattern cutter for designers such as Betty Jackson and Anne Tyrrell, and created collections with Amanda Wakely, Edina Ronay, Bruce Oldfield and many others. She currently teaches at Croydon University College in the UK and is involved in the 'Fashioning an Ethical Industry' programme, set up to educate students, educators and individuals in ethical practice.
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