Now in its fourth edition this book remains the essential reference guide on the topic of children's clothes, though it now has major improvements. Today's popularity of easy-fitting styles and knitted fabrics means that basic 'flat' pattern cutting is often used and therefore emphasised in this new edition. Shaped blocks, such as school uniforms, are still included or more expensive fashion or formal clothes. The book now clearly separates the sections useful to beginners, and those for the more advanced and even some tips for designers working in industry. Colour coding has been introduced to the sections, making it easier to identify specific processes in the book and enhancing the illustrations. The size charts have also been revised, clearly dividing the boys' and girls' measurements in co-ordination with European size charts. 'Plus' charts for heavier children have also been added.
This fourth edition of Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear remains the standard text book but has three major improvements.
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.
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
Supplementary body measurements 203
Bibliography and further reading 206
Chapter index 207
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: January 2009
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 19.5 x 2.2