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In Sara Alm’s  Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method, sewers learn a technique that opens up myriad possibilities for making one-of-a-kind garments. By using basic pattern blocks called slopers, Alm shows sewers how to design new shapes, style lines, and fashion details–creating patterns for nearly any piece of clothing they want to sew. Take a basic straight skirt pattern, for example, and convert it into any other skirt design. Change the hemline or the basic shape of a skirt from straight to A-line to full swing with multiple gores. Try adjusting the waistline placement or convert it from waistband to waistline-facing. Change the style and placement of the closures. The options are endless once sewers understand the basics of flat-pattern designing, which is explained in the book.

Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method  is divided into sections: skirts, tops, and pants. While many of the same principles apply to each garment type, there are different techniques to take into account. As soon as sewers know how to design from these three slopers, that knowledge is easily transferred to designing dresses, shorts, jumpsuits, and outerwear. The principles and techniques taught are also easily transferable to designing children’s clothes. By following extensive technique instruction in each of the three categories, twelve different garments are designed from each basic sloper and photographed on models so readers fully understand the process and the end result.

Thanks to  Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method, passionate sewers will be as skilled as  Project Runway  contestants in no time!


As a self taught dressmaker, books such as these are an invaluable source of information..

The commercial pattern is one that has been used for decades, and very often with disappointing results concerning fitting.

What this book does is show you how to step up your sewing by giving a master class in shaping, fitting and personalising your pattern for a more bespoke garment.

Every garment is given the Sara Alm treatment. Dresses, trousers and skirt are made and adapted so they fit well and look good.

No pattern is included with this book, but with perfect instructions we are shown how to make a basic pattern, and this can then be adapted, with sleeve, cuff neckline and darts adjustments to make a garment that you can actually wear.

This is a beautiful book. It is photographed and set out extremely well, it is also easy to understand and although you do need a knowledge of sewing and dressmaking, I do think that everyone will learn and improve their dressmaking skills.


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