The Modern Maker Pattern Manual: 1580-1640 is the next book in The Modern Maker series of tailoring and costuming books. Two years ago, Kickstarter, and 300 individuals, helped me fund Vol. 1: Men's Doublets. That book detailed the step-by-step process of creating a doublet entirely by hand in an historically accurate manner. Unlike the first volume, this book will be focused exclusively on the art and skill of pattern making. There will be minimal discussion of construction techniques except where such techniques inform the pattern making process. The subsequent volumes of The Modern Maker series will focus on detailed step-by-step construction of individual garments. Here is a brief rundown of the estimated 300 page content.
- There will be sample drafts to help familiarize you with the process
- Instructions to make a Bara tape measure for drafting
- 5 styles of men’s doublets and 3 women’s styles
- 3 styles of jerkin/ropilla
- 3 styles of women’s jackets
- 4 styles of men’s breeches
- 3 styles of women’s skirts
- Details about the practice of pattern making, its goals, the various methodologies and philosophies and discussion of the surviving tailor’s manuals from which the majority of the drafts were taken.
- There will be several styles of overcoats, walking coats and cloaks for both genders
Each draft will indicate where stretching and shrinking of certain areas will help to give the correct shape to your garment. Where appropriate, black and white photos will show the manipulation and the result so you know what to look for in your work.
When the funding reaches 2.5x the funding goal, a chapter will be added which will show you how to make patterns for modern clothing using the system as well images which show you how to modify basic period patterns into more modern style and fit.
Throughout the book, I will use a multi-system format which will enable the user to use Imperial, Metric, or Bara systems interchangeably. This approach will make the proportions for drafting and the logic of the system more useful for more people.
In time, I will write additional books in the Pattern Manual series for other eras, eventually writing an entire pattern making manual for modern clothing.
Risks and challenges
The major risk that I foresee is simply one of too much information. This book may have to be divided into two volumes. One for men and one for women, or possibly thematically grouped so that I don't need to divide the genders. I do not think that this will become a reality but I have to address that possibility. There is quite a bit of editing room, and many solutions to the problem of too much content. The setbacks that I had for the previous volume are lessons learned. Mostly, it was a release date timing and editing issue. I didn't realize that there was an expectation that backers would receive their copies before the book went live. I now have a fantastic editing team that I know well and we understand how to work with each other. Those issues won't be a problem again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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