Stretch fabrics are more popular than ever, from Juicy Couture's sweats to the trendy, ready-to-wear styles found at H&M. Stretch fabrics have long been a staple of designer fashion as well—from Missoni's colorful knits to Donna Karan's basics. Designing and Patternmaking for Stretch Fabrics provides the design student or working designer with the essential information for understanding the specifics of knit fabrics and the patternmaking process for different garments. Fibers, dyes, treatments, care, and fabric sources are discussed, along with the principles of sizing and measuring for women's, men's, petite, plus, and half sizes. Chapters focusing on particular garments begin with a draft of a sloper block. Numerous illustrations and diagrams demonstrate the effects of draping, gathering, shirring, ruffling, and making adjustments as needed to flatter the wearer. These instructions will put students' skills and creativity to work with everything they need to turn an ordinary garment into one of original designer quality.
Hundreds of illustrations of garments and techniques
Sloper drafts for each area of study
Tables with fabric terminology and stretch ratios
Conversion charts and grading rules
Assignments and review questions
Instructions for completing practice garments
Stretch Terms and Jargon
Sizing and Measurements
Principles of Pattern-Drafting
Slopers and Reductions
Bodysuits, Leotards, and One and Two-Piece Swimsuits
Fitting and Corrections
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is an instructor at the International Academy of Design, where he teaches courses in body wear, stretch fabrics, and machine knitting.