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DIY coverDesign-It-Yourself Clothes
Patternmaking Simplified

By Cal Patch

Whether you are one of the 3.8 million Project Runway viewers dying to express your unique style by creating your own designs or simply tired of trying on clothes that don’t fit exactly right, Design-It-Yourself Clothes (Potter Craft, September 22, 2009; $24.99) is the book you have been waiting for. Former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch teaches the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that anyone can create inspired, one-of-a-kind clothing.

With her fun, youthful aesthetic, Patch guides aspiring DIY fashionistas on everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer. Patternmaking opens up a world of possibilities, infinitely expanding your clothing selections and allowing you to create pieces that impeccably fit your body and your budget. In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking–from designing, to taking measurements, and choosing fabrics to sew the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.

But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to adapt patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.

Not everyone can be a contestant on Project Runway or afford designer price tags, but fortunately with Design-It-Yourself Clothes anyone can create their own runway worthy designs at home.

About the Author

CAL PATCH was a clothing designer for Urban Outfitters and Free People before creating her own label, Hodge Podge. She teaches sewing and patternmaking throughout New York City.

Design-It-Yourself Clothes
Patternmaking Simplified
By Cal Patch
Potter Craft │ Publication Date: September 22, 2009│ 978-0-307-45139-2│ Paperback│ $24.99