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Help desk is here!

Help desk

I thought we needed a special place on the site for you to ask questions about sewing, patterns or general business stuff. You can add as much detail as you like and even add a link if there’s something you want me to take a look at.

So ask away – if there’s something you’ve been needing/wanting to know, ask and I’ll do my best to send you in the right direction.

Fashion Books

3 Books on my Wish List

Do you keep a wishlist on Amazon? It’s handy to have and I love how Amazon lets you know if any of your selections have dropped or increased in price.

I thought it might be interesting to do a round up of books for aspiring fashion designers and was excited about what was available. I found three, one of which I already own but haven’t read yet. Fashion SketchbookFashion Sketchbook – Bina Abling

Spiral bound, 496 pages, Available new $91, and used from $63, at Amazon.com

This book takes you through step by step instructions on how to sketch  fashion figures by showing you how to translate runway photographs. The fashion archive at the back is particularly helpful for budding fashion designers wanting to learn the correct terminology  of  garment design features.

Other chapters include –

  • fashion figure proportions
  • basic figure forms
  • garments and details
  • accessories
  • layouts
  • men and children sketching

I think this book would become a valuable resource for years to come.

Flats Technical Drawing for Fashion
Flats; Technical Drawing For Fashion – Basia Szkutnicka

224 pages. Paperback with CD ROM available new $35 at LaurenceKing.com

This book has caught my eye because it includes information on drawing with Adobe Illustrator – something I hope to teach myself this year. Knowing how to draw up technical flats is important for sharing your design with patternmakers and machinists as they will be looking for specific details and measurements when making the item.

The End of Fashion

The End of Fashion – Teri Agins

352 pages. Paperback available new $11.93 and used from $5.65, at Amazon.com

The End of Fashion details how fashion has influenced our day to day life throughout the ages and how it’s importance has changed. Designers could no longer afford to design for only the elite, and after the stock market crash of 1987, changes to the fashion business came swiftly. Agins covers how consumers habits shaped the way fashion is today and I’m really hoping to get back to reading this book soon.

So if you’re looking to add some new books to your library these might be worth a look.  Be sure to let me know if you own or buy any of these – I’d love to hear your opinions.