Links to Resources

General Knowledge and Apparel Info:
Free access to books in the public domain.

Apparel manufacturing videos from Cotton Inc.

ABQ Fashion Incubator
Articles by professional pattern maker and apparel factory owner.

Pattern School Online
Articles by professional pattern maker specifically about working with stretch fabrics.

Geometry of the Fully Fashioned Sweater
Article by Sunil Puri about the mathematics of sweater specifications.

Dave Morrow Photography
Tutorial by professional photographer about using color theory in Photoshop. I’ve found this information useful in fashion.


Alexandra Morgan
Drafting videos by a professional pattern maker.

Gina Renee Designs
Drafting videos by a professional pattern maker.
I also recommend her free PDF download about fitting pants, which shows how to balance a pant pattern.

Book Recommendations:

European Cut by Elizabeth Allemong
I’ve used this book to successfully draft personal slopers.

The Theory of Garment Pattern Making by W.H. Hulme
A book about how patterns relate to the physical body.
This ebook is free on Hoopla, if you have access to that service through your library.

Concepts of Pattern Grading: Techniques for Manual and Computer Grading by Kathy K. Mullet

Computer-Aided Pattern Design and Product Development by Alison Beazley, Terry Bond

Technical Sourcebook for Designers by Lee & Steen.
Textbook about technical design and product development in the apparel industry.


Affinity programs by Serif
Alternative to Adobe products. I love Affinity Photo and Publisher. I’m not as familiar with Affinity Designer.

Free, open source parametric pattern design software (PDS).

Disclaimer: I am not advocating that you purchase anything. These are just resources that I have used and appreciated and that I think are valuable enough to recommend to others.