In Fitting Fashion

  • Alyce Defty - The Fascinating Art of Creating Patterns

    The Fascinating Art of Creating Patterns by Alyce Defty is now available!  The Durban University of Technology contacted me recently to  announce that it has reprinted the book. 


    This is a book I first mentioned in my post Base Patterns - Slopers and Blocks.   Although I didn't use the book for my classes due to the complexity of the measurement and the drafting method for beginners, I feel like this book is a great resource to have.  The basic bodice and sleeve draft alone are enticing since I have never seen drafts in other books appear this way.  Unfortunately, due to copyright, I can't show you any images from the book and  I haven't had the opportunity to try them out yet.  The book contains pattern work for women's, men, and children' s wear.  The women's wear section makes up the bulk of the book and does include lingerie, swimwear and leotards, as well as knitwear.  The menswear section includes all the basic drafts, including those for knits.  The children's wear section includes all the basic drafts for both girls and boys age 6 months to 4 years and for girls 5 years to 12 years.

    If you are interested in purchasing this book see the following information:



    The cost of the book is stated in Rand which is the South African currency which works out to be around $50.00 US, but you will need to pay for shipping.  My bank also charged an additional $15 for the overseas transaction.  All in, I think I got the book to my door for around $100 Canadian.

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