Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear was first published in 1975 to provide a straightforward introductory book for students beginning courses in flat pattern cutting. The fifth edition continues to offer an introduction to the principles of pattern cutting, with a range of good basic blocks and examples of their application to garments. However, the great expansion of casual wear, cut in jersey or stretch fabrics, has led to the growth of 'flat cutting' with no darting to create the shape and this edition devotes a whole section to this type of cutting. The sections on computer-aided design and grading have been updated. The size charts of body measurements have been revised, reflecting the changing shape of women's bodies.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Pattern cutting and design; Fabrics; Part 1: Classic Form Cutting (Cutting to create shape for the female figure) - The basic darted bodice blocks; From block to pattern; Basic adaptations of the bodice blocks; Sleeve adaptations; Constructing collars; The basic fitted skirt block and adaptations; Fitted trouser blocks and adaptations; Complex adaptations of the bodice blocks: dresses-jackets-coats; Part 2: Flat Cutting (Cutting flat shapes for casual and jersey garments) - Easy fitting garments (woven fabrics); Easy fitting garments (jersey and knitted fabrics); Close fitting garments (stretch and jersey fabrics); Part 3: Size and Fit - Basic grading techniques; Drafting blocks and fitting for individual figures; Part 4: Computer Aided Design - Computer generated design and pattern making; Index
Dr Winifred Aldrich was formerly Professor of Clothing Technology at Nottingham Trent University. She has also written two books specifically to enable students to extend their knowledge of fabrics and tailored garment cutting: Fabric, Form and Flat Pattern Cutting and Pattern Cutting for Tailored Jackets . Her other books include: Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear and Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear.