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March 26, 2008

Designing & Patternmaking for Stretch Fabrics

Filed under: Book,Gigi,Pattern Drafting — Gigi @ 10:03 am

I jumped for joy when I read Kathleen’s post about a new knitwear drafting book a couple of weeks ago and went right over to to order a copy for myself. I tend to collect pattern drafting books but had not seen one specifically geared towards knits – my favorite fabrics!


It just arrived last Friday so I’ve only skimmed through it but I can already tell you it was worth every penny! Next on my book wish list (and also mentioned on FI):



  1. Congratulations with your new book. I have read about it and it looks fantastic, so does the other 2 on your wishlist. Need to add these books on my wishlist too.
    Enjoy reading.

    Comment by Els — March 26, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  2. Thanks Gigi for the heads up. It looks wonderful, and so timely what with all the fab knits available now to home sewers.
    Reading This blog can cost as much as any catalogue, what with all the enabling going on here. šŸ˜‰

    Comment by Marji — March 26, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  3. OH! Thank you for posting this! I collect Patternmaking books too. I recently bought this one:

    I DO recommend it, it has great advice that can be applied towards any dress, not just evening wear. Sorry, but I bought the last copy on Amazon!! But if you see it, I highly recommend it! It covers more draping aspects than most of the books I have.


    Comment by Kara — March 27, 2008 @ 8:03 am

  4. I almost ordered this book (and maybe will yet) but am in de-stashing mode and I’m presently doing a give-away, so I just couldn’t justify another drafting book (no matter how passionately I’d like to opt in).

    Gigi, if you do work from the book’s information I’d love to see some of your creations or hear some of your thoughts. You have so much experience with knits! Right now Christine Jonson is my favorite for commercial knits patterns.

    Comment by Mary Beth — March 27, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  5. I’m a sucker for patternmaking books and this one goes straight into my wishlist. Thank you for the heads up

    Comment by Tany — March 28, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  6. Can’t wait to hear your review on this one.

    Comment by Meg — March 29, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  7. Well, here’s another one for my wishlist too. I just wish these pattern making books were a little less expensive. I cannot say that I’ve ever regretted the purchase of one, but it still makes me cringe.

    Comment by cindyann — April 5, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  8. Thanks for posting about this book. I am going to mention it our our blog. The Golden Yard is our blog and etsy shop about vintage fabrics. We just picked up a ton of vintage knits and jerseys earlier this month. – Lindsay

    Comment by goldenyardshop — April 23, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

  9. I bought this book too after Kathleen’s post. I have been waiting for a book on this subject. I am so happy I did it answered all my questions on creating patterns and about the general stretchiness of knits in general – Kellyt

    Comment by kellyt — May 14, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  10. Have you had any trouble with the sizing tables? I’ve been watching this book on Amazon for a while and all it seems to have are negative reviews for incorrect sizing amounts (and a positive review by what seems to be the author of the book XP). It would be awesome to hear from someone that’s successfully used the instructions to draft working blocks.

    Comment by Tj — November 19, 2010 @ 6:32 am

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