Patternmaking for Fashion Design: Pearson New International Edition

Helen Joseph Armstrong  
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July 2013
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For an undergraduate course in Patternmaking. Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, this #1 text 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.



  • Completely updated with modern, cutting-edge sketches and designs.  
  • DVD included in the back of the book.
  • Ribbing added to the knit section of Chapter 27.
  • More materials on children's wear and swim wear.
  • Knock offs.
  • Fitting corrections–Includes fitting corrections for the basic patterns.
  • A unique section on patternmaking for bias-cut garments.

~ Illustrates a procedure that guides the patternmaker in adjusting design patterns to offset stretch; integrated into chapters covering cowls and bias-cut dresses.

  • Revised drafting instructions and standard measurement charts.

~ Provides a revised procedure for drafting the front and back bodice and the sleeve to reflect the measurements of the newer model forms.

  • Constructed support for strapless designs–Expands upon discussion and includes an additional strapless foundation.
  • Bias-cut dresses–Emphasizes bias-cut dresses that cling to the figure, as influenced by Madeline Vionnett.
  • Advanced design projects–Adds one or two advanced designs to selected chapters.
  • A practical introduction to patternmaking–Opens the book with discussions on the workroom, the model form and measuring techniques, and how to draft the basic pattern set.
  • Complete coverage of the three steps of design patterns: dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring.
  • Chapter projects–Includes a fashion sketch for each project with an analysis of the design, and focuses on pattern plot and manipulation for developing the patterns.
  •  Two different bindings: a hardback version and a spiral binding that is encased in a hardback cover that lays flat

New to this Edition

New to this Edition!


In addition to the outstanding comprehensive patternmaking coverage, this fifth edition boasts the following new features:

  •  Added tools and up-to-date advances in CAD- E Simulation (Chapter 1)
  • Comparisons of human variations and examples of how to take and record personal measurement (Chapter 2)
  • Self-evaluation tests for the majority of chapters
  • Updated challenging design problems (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Design projects (Chapter 11)
  • Updated placket coverage and banding with sewing instructions (Chapters 14, 21)
  • Expanded menswear (Chapter 22)
  • Fit problems and corrections (Chapter 25)

Table of Contents

1. The Workroom. 
 2. The Model Form and Measurements. 
 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. Jackets and Coats.
23. Capes and Hoods.
24. Knock-Off-Copying Ready-Made Designs.
25. Pants.
26. Knits—Stretch and Shrinkage Factors.
27. Actionwear for Dance and Exercise.
28. Swimwear
29. Introduction to Childrenswear.
30. Drafting the Basic Pattern Set: Measurement Taking, Standard Measurement Charts.
31. Collars, Sleeves, and Skirts.
32. Dresses and Jumpers.
33. Tops.
34. Pants and Jumpsuits.
35. Bodysuits, Leotards, Mailott, and Swimwear.