Technical Drawing for Fashion (Portfolio Skills Fashion & Textiles)
Author: Basia Szutnicka
Technical Drawings: Ayako Koyama
Publisher: LaurenceKing in association with Central Martins College of Art&Design
ISBN number: 978185669618
Type of binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 234 with 850 illustrations plus a CD-Rom with templates
Size 11x 8 1/2 inch
Price: UK £ 22.50 US $ 35.00
TSD received an email from the publisher if we were interested in reviewing this book.
The publisher Laurence King is in the UK and I am also from Europe so I responded that I was interested but would like to do an independent, honest unbiased review about the quality of the book since I would receive the book for free.
This book is fairly new (press release was on April 2010) and in my possession for some time but due to all kinds of errands I had no time to do a post till now.
I really like the book and find it a comprehensive book. I do not work in the fashion industry and use only sketches and never made a technical drawing. But this book is a great way to learn how to make technical drawings if you are a student or work in the fashion industry.
You can see the difference between a sketch, fashion illustration and a technical drawing,which I scanned from the book.
A sketch is a design idea, the fashion illustration a look how a specific garment looks like on a body.
The technical drawing shows all the construction details that are involved in the production process.
Georgene did a post about Technical Drawings vs. Fashion Illustration
The book is not about fashionable clothes but gives you a comprehensive inside how to draw technical drawings for garments by hand or by using Adobe Illustrator.
The second part of the book shows over 250 technical drawings of all kind of garment styles and construction details, the key basic shapes are shown together with a picture of the sewed toile in fabric. ( a toile is a French word and is a test garment sewed in fabric in bleached cotton)
For example Skirt Key basic shapes which you can see in this book are: Pencil Skirt/Fitted Skirt/Sheath Skirt, straight Skirt, A-Line Skirt, Circular Full Circle Skirt, Gathered Skirt, Pleated Skirt.
The technical drawings of these skirts front and back view together with a picture of the skirts on a dressmodel.
Plus technical drawings of skirt variations front and back views : Dirndl, Gored, Wrap/Wrapover, Sarong/Pareo, Tiered/Peasant, Handkerchief hem/Irregular hem, Asymetric, Puffball/Bubble/Baloon, Skating skirt, Kilt, Skort, Peg/Pegged Hobble skirt.
You can see pages of the book via the publisher website
Since I have no other books with this subject to compare with, I cannot tell you if this book is a useful addition to your library but based on this book alone I would buy it if I needed the skills to learn how to draft technical drawings or working in the fashion industry.
Contents of the book:
Illustration in the fashion process
How and where are technical drawings used
How to make a technical fashion drawing
Drawing from a garment
Technical drawing by hand using the generic template
Technical drawing from the generic template-using illustrator
Speed design using illustrator
Hints and tips
Visual directory of styles and details
Decorative design details
Index and resources
The CD-Rom contains all the templates.
! Full-Size Figure Template
2 Teenage & Plus Size Figure Template
3 Fitted Dress/Tube/Sheath (page 64)
4 Shift Dress/Tank/Chemise (page 66)
5 A-Line Dress (page 68
6 Pencil Skirt/Fitted Skirt/Sheath Skirt (page 76)
7 Straight Skirt (page 78)
8 A-Line Skirt (page 81)
9 Circular Full Circle Skirt (page 82)
10 Gathered Skirt (page 84)
11 Pleated Skirt (page 86)
12 Legging (page 92)
13 Drainpipe/Skinny/Cigarette Pant/Stovepipe (page 94)
14 Straight Trouser (page 96)
15 Tapered Trouser (page 98)
16 Bellbottom/Flare (page 100)
17 Camisole/Strappy Vest (page 112)
18 Vest/Tank Top (page 114)
19 Tunic (page 116)
20 T-Shirt/Tee (page 118)
21 Shirt (page 120)
22 Classic Single Breasted Jacket (page 128)
23 Classic Double Breasted Jacket (page 130)
24 Casual Unstructured Jacket (page 132)
25 Classic Single Breasted Coat (page 140)
26 Classic Double Breasted Coat (page 142)
27 Casual Unstructured Coat (page 144)
You can read an editorial review at http://www.amazon.com/Flats-Technical-Drawing-Fashion-Portfolio/dp/1856696189
I totally agree with the above editorial review.