Patternmaking for Underwear Design Paperback – Apr 1 2010
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About the Author
Dr. Kristina Shin was educated in Korea, the USA and the UK and has over 10 years experience in the outerwear and underwear industries as both a designer and patternmaker. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she worked for Triumph International Overseas Ltd., one of the world's leading lingerie brands, as a designer. She is founding editor for the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. She taught extensively in both the USA and Hong Kong.
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I used an internet site called Patternschool.com in which the owner has a full two pages dedicated to both the bra band and the bra cup patternmaking process.
I have never seen such a maze of difficulty in the way information is put together in the bra making process. I bought this book after I bought the Bra-Making Manual which is a great book for making bra patterns and doing different designs but the copyright listed doesn't allow one to use her information for any purpose other than making one your own bra. Kristina Chin does allow her work to be used (not copied but used) for education purposes. Her work along with Stuart's who is author of the Patternschool web site has helped me learn the pattern making process for bras.
There is a lot more in the book besides bra pattern making but that so far is all I can really review. I think I could use this book for the block patterns. She does have a full sizing list for all sizes based on existing measurments in the garment making business.
The book appears complete and does seem to offer most of what the author claims to teach.
If you're a non-standard size, and even if you're a standard size but have an interest in making your own underwear, I can't recommend this book highly enough!
One problem other reviewers have mentioned is that the author's native language is not English. She doesn't really do a very good job of saying "this number is a variable, and this is where I got the value I'm using for that variable," but if you have general pattern-making experience you can follow her tracks pretty easily.
I don't personally like the corset portion of the book because it's not for drafting a pattern of a real corset, just lingerie you'd find in any old department store. That was misleading and disappointing.