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Dress Pattern Designing (Classic Edition): The Basic Principles of Cut and Fit, 5th Edition



Dress Pattern Designing (Classic Edition): The Basic Principles of Cut and Fit, 5th Edition

Natalie Bray, Ann Haggar (Supplement by)

ISBN: 978-0-632-06501-1 February 2003 Wiley-Blackwell 176 Pages


The techniques Natalie Bray pioneered and perfected revolutionised dress pattern designing, assisting the rise of the modern fashion industry. Her teaching has had a profound influence on design, production and education and her works are classics: fashions change but the principles of designing patterns in the flat do not.

This book - the most popular of Natalie Bray's three works - covers the basic course and includes measurement and block patterns, circular patterns, simple pattern designing, yokes, dart manipulation, sleeves, collars and necklines, skirts, and the one-piece dress foundation.

Biographical Note.


Applying the Metric System to Practical Pattern Designing.

One. Measurements and Block Patterns.

Two. The Bodice Block (bodice Analysis).

Three. Using the Bodice Block (Introduction to Pattern Designing).

Four. Simple Pattern Designing.

FIve Yoke Styles.

Six. Dart Manipulation.

Seven. Sleeves.

Eight. Designing Sleeve Patterns.

Nine. Collars.

Ten. Necklines, Revers, Rever-collars, Capes.

Eleven. Skirts.

Twelve. One-Piece Dress Foundation.

Thirteen. Designing Skirt Patterns (Gores).

Fourteen. Fullness in Skirts: Pleats, Folds, Gathers.

Fifteen. Flares.

Sixteen. Circular Patterns.

Appendix One: The Simplified Bodice Block.

Appendix Two. Adjustments to Sleeve.

Abbreviations and Reference Letters.

Fashion Supplement.

Blocks for Casual Wear.

Dartless Bodice Block (with Shoulder/Bust Dart Removed).

Loose Fitting Shirt Block.

Loose Fitting Jacket Block.

Simple Kimono and Raglan Blocks.

Shoulder Pad Allowances.

Cuff and Sleeve Openings.


Wrap and Strap (or Placket) Openings.

Halter Necklines.


* Classic work, to be reissued simultaneously in hardback with Natalie Bray's two other titles - More Dress Pattern Designing and Dress Fitting
* Natalie Bray's works expound the principles which still underpin the modern clothing industry