So you've made a basic shirt or two and you are looking for more options and directions... Well, you are in luck! David Page Coffin, author of Shirtmaking, a complete guide to the dress shirt, is back to help you with an amazing collection of custom detail patterns and ideas for men's and women's sport, knit, dress, and even simple coat and jacket shirt styles! Inside you'So you've made a basic shirt or two and you are looking for more options and directions... Well, you are in luck! David Page Coffin, author of Shirtmaking, a complete guide to the dress shirt, is back to help you with an amazing collection of custom detail patterns and ideas for men's and women's sport, knit, dress, and even simple coat and jacket shirt styles! Inside you'll find helpful guides to drafting or draping a custom pattern, copying or converting a favorite pattern or garment into a more basic pattern ready for customizing to your heart's content, mastering 4 different placket types so you can use these classic structures in ways you never imagined, understanding and reinventing most any sort of shirt and coat collar type in common use, along with how to construct them all, whether you want a couture creation or a workshop coverall. You'll get an introduction to digital pattern-making and alteration, a close-up and thorough look inside a closetful of classic shirt-type garments, explore a host of pocket and cuff options and have access to dozens of full-size detail and even full garment patterns for printing and customizing. And of course you'll learn how to finally turn those collar points all the way out like you've always wanted.The Shirtmaking Workbook includes extensive lists and links to further reading, supplies, and references to help make your custom shirtmaking easier and more masterful. With this unique and comprehensive workbook by your side, you'll never wonder how to make THAT shirt again....
|Title||:||The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
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The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets Reviews
[Full review below. Review has been edited to remove a url to the book's official, public webpage (listed in the book on page 10) on the publisher's official, public website, that is supposed to (but does not, see review below) have the 100 pattern downloads promised in the book's title. The publisher claimed that this url is "infringing" (although it can easily be found with a simple web search) and Goodreads threatened to delete this review entirely if I did not remove the url. If my review was not already one star, you can bet that it would absolutely be now.]According to the cover, this book is supposed to cover the construction of men's shirts from design to pattern creation to construction. Based on this, I expected to be able to work through this book to create from scratch a custom shirt. This is absolutely not the case.Design--this is the real focus of this book. The author exudes enthusiasm about the myriad of ways you can create a collar or a placket. There are a lot of photos of different styles and variations on those styles for you to draw inspiration from and mix-and-match into a custom shirt.Patterning--total fail. This book assumes you will create custom shirts off of shirt blocks you already have. The author does not teach you how to create blocks yourself. The most he does is give a VERY simplified overview of draping a pattern or copying an existing shirt--we're talking about two pages for each of those topics total. Considering entire BOOKS have been written about each of these topics, don't expect these few pages to help you. Also, if you were looking for pattern drafting, you are completely out of luck; the author mentions some software you can use to draft on your computer, and offers an overly long tutorial on how to scan in a hand-drafted pattern into your computer so you have a digital version (buy a large format scanner/printer! obviously!). That's it.Technique--again, there is very little information on how to actually construct the collars and plackets the author offers as design inspiration. The author assumes you already know how to make the basics of a shirt (sewing up the seams, setting in sleeves, attaching the yoke, hemming, attaching buttons, etc.) so the author doesn't cover these topics at all. According to the cover, the collars and plackets SHOULD be available for download, but 1) they are not available that I could find and 2) they are not covered at all in the book.As alluded to above, a huge source of frustration was the online content. For reference, the online content is supposedly located at ***link removed, see bracketed note above*** (link hidden in text on page 10, thank you to the Amazon reviewer that pointed me to the right page). Absurdly, on that webpage is only a link to a multi-page, graphic pdf that is supposed to have links to actual resources; why someone thought that would be in any way user friendly or useful I do not know. Worse, those links DO NOT work. This is a HUGE problem because that means some of the things the book cover promises--100 pattern downloads!--are not available at all. This is completely inexcusable.[Update on Aug. 22, 2015--the url listed in the book still does not contain the promised 100 pattern downloads. The author's response to a review on Amazon claims he has submitted "some" of this content to the publisher, and they do not plan to post ANY of it until all the content is finished. Publishing this book without making the content necessary to use this book available for months after publication is indefensible.]The book does point the reader to a large number of references--other books, blogs, and pattern companies mostly. I would personally never buy a book that is just useful for pointing you to other books; that is what the internet is for. In summary, if you are looking for lots of sewing porn in the form of pictures of shirt details, then maybe you'll like this book. If you actually want to SEW a shirt, then this book will not help you in the least.
This book deserves a detailed review on my blog. This book is probably the most influential book in my sewing library. It has caused me to totally rethink my approach to patternmaking, and adopt a digital workflow for pattern drafting. It has given me a conceptual framework for designing shirts, working around archetypes for dress, sport, work and jacket garments. It has introduced me (with no end of photos) to the art of designing collars.But, this is a book that cannot stand on its own without its associated online content. Some of the supplemental online material could have qualified to be books on their own right, such as an extensive tutorial on collar construction, or a 47-page treatise on every imaginable method of constructing plackets, including photos and technical diagrams.This book cannot be ignored if you are serious about design of any type of shirt-like garment.
The book, The Shirtmaking Workbook by David Coffin is packed with patterns to help you create clothing easily! It's simply explained and easy step by step projects and photos inside.I am just starting to get into creating clothing and found that this book was very helpful and useful for me. I found the styles to be very nice and perfect for anyone.It's got some very original looks that are normal in today's type of clothes found in any store. Plus, with the patterns supplied I am easily able to create and build my own custom style instantly. I feel like I'm cheating by how helpful this is for me and easy to use.The type of clothing is for both men and women with ideas on creating new styles from the ones seen or adding some customizing to each pattern. I love the designs and styles that are shared in this book. It's extremely helpful and such an easy way to create shirts without being lost or finding patterns all over the internet!
As usual, I'll rate and review when I've had a chance to try it out. :)
for experienced sewers
This one might be a little too advanced for me.