Readers, after publishing the sumptuous, "Draping: The Complete Course" by Karolyn Kiisel last month, what could Laurence King Publishing possibly do for an encore?
I now know the answer! It is the equally superb "Patternmaking for Menswear" by Gareth Kershew, which has just been released and a complimentary copy of which I was fortunate to receive from Laurence King last week.
As most of you know, menswear is generally created from flat patterns, or slopers, based on specific body measurements. "Patternmaking For Menswear" expertly guides the reader through all the specifics of this process in clear detail.
It's all here: how to take men's measurements, creating basic slopers, supplies needed, grading, and so much more. NOTE: The focus here is patternmaking, not sewing or specific tailoring techniques.
The book includes instructions on how to create twenty different projects -- shirts, pants, and outwear. These designs are contemporary, even hip. If brand names like Woolrich Woolen Mills, C.P. Company and Engineered Garments mean anything to you, you'll find many of the designs in this book drawn from their inspired updating of classic American workwear and outdoor gear.
"Patternmaking for Menswear" is beautifully designed, generously illustrated and extremely well-written.
If you are interested in designing menswear, or already create menswear for yourself or for others, I think you will find this book a must-have. (It is available for sale on Amazon -- approximately $38 as of today)
I can't wait to put it to use.
You can see many more photos from "Patternmaking for Menswear" here. I think you'll be impressed.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!