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Pattern Magic [Paperback]

Tomoko Nakamichi
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Book Description

Sept. 22 2010
Pattern Magic is the cult pattern-making book from Japan. Taking inspiration from nature, from geometricshapes, and from the street, this book harnesses the sheer joy of making and sculpting clothes. The book takes a creative approach to pattern making, with step-by- step projects for fashion designers and dressmakers to enjoy. Each project is beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the muslins, and the finished garments.

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After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Ms. Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on fashion design, both in Japan and overseas. This book brings together the results of the research on garment patterns she has carried out to help instruct her students.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Kris KX
If you have a good background in pattern drafting and you want to challenge your self with new and exciting projects this is the book for you. However, newbies be warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Aug. 11 2011
j'acheté le deux livres de PATTERN MAGIC et sont vraiment magnifique,tout est bien expliqué,les desings sont super....en fin, un livre que vous devrais acheter,biensure si vous aime la couture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it Dec 24 2013
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Awesome ideas for "art-to-wear" designers. Features ideas that can be inspiration for many other ideas. Most of the designs can translated into fancy commercial garments as well as conceptual oness. The explanation and pictures are very good with enough detail to fairly skilled designers. I thought it would impress me a little more, but still quite worth it for what I need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it Dec 22 2013
By die
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Refer to my review on Pattern Magic for Stretch Fabrics! This is a great buy, I recommend this book to everyone who loves to make garments.
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191 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book for advanced pattern making Oct. 8 2010
By Donald McCunn - Published on Amazon.com
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It has been a long time since I have found a pattern making book that I have found as exciting as this book.

Once you get beyond the basics of creating patterns that fit, commonly called slopers, what do you do with them? Most designs I see on the street, in catalogs, and in the stores are so easy to execute that the design process is not challenging at all.

But there are a few designs that have me scratching my head thinking "How did they do that?" I have taken to calling them "Pattern Puzzles." This book is full of these designs. Each one is uniquely different but beautifully illustrated and explained in anywhere from one to three page spreads. Tomoko never takes more than three pages of illustrations to show how to make even the most complex and unusual design from a fitted sloper.

I am pleased to see her using the front bodice sloper for women that I now use in my online patternmaking classes. It has one dart for the bust to the waist and one to the armscye (arm hole). In my experience this configuration for the darts provides the optimum way of achieving an accurate custom fit. I also believe it is the best sloper for visualizing how to create the lines of original designs so you can convert from a two dimensional form to a three dimensional one.

She uses a technique for evaluating pattern shapes that I have found invaluable in my teaching which is to prototype design ideas in paper so you can assemble the shape before you even touch needle and thread.

Tomoko also shares another passion of mine for developing design ideas using dress forms in scale. All the photos in this book are of the designs on a half scale manikin.

Caveat #1: These designs are unusual. If you are looking for the conventional, this is not for you. But if you step beyond "I wouldn't want to wear that" and move on to "What can I learn from this pattern design technique," I believe you will increase your pattern design skills exponentially.

Caveat #2: There are no sewing instructions. I would recommend when you try these ideas out you do what Tomoko does and try them in scale first. If you don't have a scale dress form, fashion dolls such as the ones Tomoko works with are an excellent medium to experiment with.

Bravo Tomoko--I can hardly wait until your volume 2 is translated into English. Although your illustrations are so clear, I am almost tempted to get the Japanese edition.

Don McCunn
Author of How to Make Sewing Patterns
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners! March 23 2011
By SSB - Published on Amazon.com
I am not sure why I bought this book since I do not sew anymore (arthritis) and I do not particularly like to look at or to wear modern Japanese clothing. The cover caught my eye, I guess. I have always been curious about the structure of some of the more complicated Japanese designs. This is an amazing book. The clothing is amazing, if largely unwearable, but could be the springboard for your own interesting designs. Many of the ideas could be adapted to Western clothing.

Even though I have 60 years sewing experience and a tech degree in pattern design, I don't think that I could readily draft or adapt any of the patterns, not to mention making most of them. While there is ample information about drafting the pattern, there is no instruction about sewing the garment, appropriate understructure, interfacing etc. The notation on the patterns is a little different that what I was taught so I found it a little confusing. One generally needs to sew a complicated garment in a specific sequence that is not given in the book. If one is going to make the dress on page 55, for example, out of a "soft woolen georgette", one is going to need to underline and interline. That is not mentioned. I suppose a seasoned pro would know. Have plenty of muslin on hand if you try these garments.

The book is not for beginners. If you are very experienced with pattern drafting and sewing, go for it. If you are not, buy the book and admire the skill and ingenuity that has gone into drafting these patterns and making these garments. I would call this a sewing equivalent of a beautiful coffee table book, hardly practical but very interesting and, perhaps, inspirational. Four stars for the inspiration. While I know that pattern books rarely mention these things, I subtracted a star for the lack of information regarding structure and construction since these designs are so very complex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic is right Nov. 2 2010
By Costume Designer - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant book. You must know how to sew and have some experience to truly take advantage of this book. If you are into patterning you will love it because it takes you in an incredibly creative and unusual direction. I thought I knew how to move darts and then I read this book!
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magical Book! Oct. 31 2010
By Dorothy Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book! This is great for anyone who loves patternmaking. The methods described here are definitely worth a try. As someone who learned patternmaking years ago, the approach is quite fresh and different from methods learned in the U.S. Very interesting take on how far one can go w/ making garments. I highly recommend this.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for designers and wannabes Nov. 17 2010
By sf_today - Published on Amazon.com
If you've fitted your own bodice, or are even far beyond slopers, you'll find the excellent diagrams in this Japanese book rich and thought provoking. No, I don't plan to wear square blocks above my bust but the conception leads to other ideas. For example, another page's palm-leaf (style) bodice plaiting prompted my own idea toward a front plaited evening coat, now easily conceived understanding the concept diagrams. Like Colette Wolff's "Art of Manipulating Fabric", Tomoko Nakarnichi's "Pattern Magic" (and "More Pattern Magic") are a wonderful additions to one's pattern design library. Great fun and full of unexpected ideas to prompt yours.
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