Links to Resources

Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links here. 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.

 

General Knowledge and Apparel Info:

Archive.org
Free access to books in the public domain.

CottonWorks
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.

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

 

Patternmaking:

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.

 

Technical Design:

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

SewHeidi
Tutorials on using Adobe Illustrator for fashion flats.

Points of Measure
Tutorials on tech packs and fashion flats.

 

Fashion Sustainability:

“…Cast Off Clothing” Short Video
Interesting short documentary about what can happen to discarded clothes.

 

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
This ebook is free on Hoopla, if you have access to that service through your library.

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

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

 

Software:

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

Seamly2D
Free, open source parametric pattern design software (PDS).

Adobe Bridge
Photo management software. Bridge is free with a free Adobe account.