So this is a brief review of Make Your Own Dress Patterns by Adele P. Margolis. I honestly don’t even remember how this book came on to my radar to begin with. It’s not new. It was published with copyrights in 1985. Even so it is solidly written. It covers basic geometric shapes, darting, shaping, slopers, and style techniques.
And one might look at this book and assume it is dated, but the pattern blocks are solid and the instructions are clearly written and detailed. And the designs don’t LOOK dated. They look timeless and elegant, with design details that have periodically cycled through stylish and in to classic, and back in to haute couture.
The book flows logically from one concept to the next, covering how to add or remove fullness, and how to design necklines. Button placement, collars and closures, cowling and yokes. Margolis even covers how to make uneven opening, plackets, and tabs. Everything is truly covered in an easy to read and digest format.
I’m sort of loving this book and can see why, even with a copyright of 1985, this book is still being printed and sold for the home sewer. This is a strongly recommend, even if you don’t intend to make your own pattern line for sale. If you only need a book to help with minor adjustments, even just drafting a different collar for a commercial pattern–I would recommend this book for your collection.