By Kathleen Fasanella on Sep 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm
I know everyone has been eagerly awaiting the result from this very popular giveaway -comments are now closed as a winner has been selected. We had 98 qualified entries. There were a few duplicates this time with some people entering multiple times. I suppose I should have mentioned one entry per person unless otherwise stated but I think most people figured out that was fairest. Also, if you won before, I pulled you out of the drawing for any subsequent ones. Sorry about that but do post your contributory comments anyway because they’re useful. I should also mention that there are planned giveaways scheduled that will be limited to my most loyal visitors -people who link to me. The odds of winning that will be high since so few do it. Just something to consider for the future.
But anyway, the winner of Patternmaking Made Easy by Connie Crawford is David S. Yay! David, please confirm your shipping address and I will forward your information to the publisher who will be filling it. Don’t forget that you can get a 20% discount on this book by using FASANELLA at check out.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Sep 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Before getting into this review, you can still enter to win the pattern book until late tomorrow afternoon. A winner for the Stylish dress book will be selected on Wednesday. Moving on.
Today’s giveaway features the second edition of Connie Crawford’s Grading Workbook. I have the hard copy, spiral bound edition, 136 pages. It is nicely formatted and illustrated, similar to the drafting book. I do think it is a low cost option to learn grading from -all explained in a clear manner as possible but there are a few issues to be aware of. Before I forget, if you’re not sure of all the technical terms I’m using, you might consider perusing the grading posts on this site, they are extensive and detailed.
No matter how dedicated and disciplined an author, discrepancies will creep in. For example, the grade stack of the neck point at the bottom of pg 35 is correct but in a later section on page 54, it is not. That said, scale is everything. My disputation amounts to something on the order of 1/32nd to 1/64th of an inch -something only professional graders will fuss about (and fuss we do). I only bring it up in the event that you follow the instructions step by step and your result doesn’t look exactly like the illustration on page 54. If it looks like the one on pg 35 instead, you’re doing fine.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Sep 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Our third translated from Japanese into English Bunka title, courtesy of Laurence King Publishing that is up for grabs is Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Unlike the previous titles though, you’ll have to wait for this one. It won’t be available for purchase until October 22, 2013.
As with many in this series, the designs are eminently wearable and casual. Again, styling is targeted to a younger demography but there are quite a few styles that would also work for older bodies. A lot of these designs would be ideal for back to school; there are a lot of classics in this one, items you’ll wear year after year. For a better idea of what I mean, see these page excerpts on the LKP site. It is possible that I may amend this entry. Some of this stuff is so cute that I may sew one up tomorrow.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Sep 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm
The winner of Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Designdonated by Laurence King Publishing is Amrit in SF. Yay!
As a reminder, here are the details about this book.
Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn
650 illustrations, 312 pp
Publisher: Laurence King (link to purchase on publisher’s site)
And not to belabor the point but everybody wins with the 35% off promotional code BACKTOSCHOOL13, at Laurence King Publishing.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm
Today’s giveaway features a popular title that has been given away at least twice previously on this site, and that would be Patternmaking Made Easy by Connie Crawford. This being the brand new third edition, it would be an excellent choice if you’re looking for a friendly, hands on, yet professional guide to learn patternmaking as applied to industry.
As you would imagine, I’m a bit particular about drafting books but then, so is everyone else. There is a caveat though; most people tend to prefer whatever book they cut their teeth on which usually means the default text that was required in school. However, once you’ve been around awhile, you’re able to be more discriminating because the requirements of your job or your product depend on it. Toward that end, I wrote a post on how I review patternmaking books which you really should read. This is not to say that other books don’t serve a purpose because most books do get the basics right. What you need outside the classroom is the certainty of performance.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Short and sweet now. For Thursday’s 2 for 1 book giveaway, we had 34 qualified entries. With assistance from the random number generator, the winner of Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops and Feminine Wardrobe: Town, Party, Resort courtesy of Laurence King Publishing, is #16 -Ramona. Yay Ramona!
Ramona, please contact the proprietress to collect your winnings.
And now back to your regularly scheduled holiday weekend…(no need to click “continue reading”, this is all).
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I intended to post this two days ago but was delayed by personal circumstances. So sorry for the delay, I’ll be working all weekend to catch up.
I was pleased with the comments to Wednesday’s challenge, by my count we had 37 entries by the time I closed comments (so sorry for those who missed the unannounced deadline, I’ll be clearer about that moving forward). Courtesy of the internet random number generator, #17 is the winner and that would be Jalene. Yay! The rest of you still have chances to win; who knows, you might get something even nicer.
Since only one person could win, I’ll respond to the comments that caught my eye and that I know the answers to.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm
Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design is the third giveaway in our 7 day series and a prize it certainly is.
I describe the text as a series of profiles of 36 textile artists who use a variety of contemporary methods to embellish fabrics in sustainable and futuristic ways. I don’t know that you remember me saying this but textile production is extremely complex and intellectually rigorous and this text is certainly a testament of it. Processes are just as varied as the artists, methods encompass cutting edge technology, weaving, surface design, sustainability and dimensional manipulation.
For example, one artist is Margot Selby, an adherent of zero waste. She designs and produces textiles that are used to manufacture her products. The waste from these products are recycled to produce still other items -such as the jacket seen at lower right.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Today I’m giving away two books, not one. Why? Because I’m niiiice and thought up this surprise just for you. Okay okay okay, I counted incorrectly and had 8 books to give away but I can’t very well go back and change the introduction to this series to “8 Books, 8 day giveaway” so today, the 2-fer.
Today’s titles are Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops and Feminine Wardrobe: Town, Party, Resort.
If you’re not familiar with these books, they are a popular series of Bunka Publishing Japanese texts that Laurence King Publishing has secured the rights to publish in the English language. The books come with patterns in the back. One unfolds the large sheets and traces off the full size patterns of style they wish to make.
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By Kathleen Fasanella on Aug 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm
Today’s featured title is Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary, a handy reference with over 2,000 entries. This isn’t a book you will sit down to read although it is fun to page through but will want to use to spot check any ambiguities you may be experiencing when producing a line. Not sure what someone means when they mention AQL? It’s in there. And sure, you can also look it up in a search engine but then you’ll need to wade through a lot of competing and contradictory information, most of it having nothing to do with the apparel industry.
Is this book the ultimate solution? Nope but it’s a great start. I wish many of my customers had a topical dictionary. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t know what a collar is -for example, a ribbing edge that finishes off a t-shirt neckline is not a collar. And you, like me, probably won’t agree with some of the definitions. For example, greige is defined as “an unfinished fabric that has not yet been bleached or dyed. Generally made of cotton, it is considered an eco-friendly fabric.” The first part is correct but eco-friendly is subject to what amounts to a semantical mine field. Generally though, the definitions are both accurate, sufficiently detailed and descriptive. Another good use for this book would be to gift one to a factory partner abroad because while each party may both speak English, cultural and pragmatic differences remain.
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