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    Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks(Author)

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This is the second edition revised July 2016. The new edition includes drafting and grading directions in Adobe Illustrator and in PolyPattern Software.
The Bare Essentials series is an invaluable resource for anyone entering into the field of lingerie design. This volume summarizes the basics of bra design, from sewing and construction to drafting and pattern grading; introducing these subjects in a manageable capacity.
Bare Essentials is organized into three main sections based on the complexities of the information provided. Included in this book are basic patterns for sizes 30A-40F.
What you will learn:
• Construction methods using elastics and stretch fabrics
• Manipulation of basic patterns
• Pattern drafting from measurements
• Developing grade rules and grading patterns
• Drafting and grading on the computer
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  • By Jo on 18 February 2013

    I am a vaguely competent home sewer. I have some fitting issues when trying to buy bras in standard sizes, so I thought I would have a go at sewing my own.The author's bra sizing methodology differs slightly from the advice that I have previously seen, and some of the instruction is fundamentally unclear. However, I am confident that I know what size I am, particularly when I compare my underwire requirements to her sizing charts. Depending on the cup shape and cut, I am a 40A or 40B.The single biggest problem with this book is the patterns. I have not tried to make up all the different sizes, just my own... with laughable results! I copied the pattern, transferred it onto tracing paper, cut off the seam allowance and stuck it together with Scotch tape. This is my preferred method to get a broad idea of the shape, and what might need to be adjusted. The 40 A cup is _huge_. I don't mean it's a little bit roomy, I mean it is OMG/WTF big. I honestly think it is at least three cup sizes out, possibly more.(If someone can point out a way in which I have screwed up, I'll happily edit this review accordingly. However, I have double checked the size, the pattern pieces, the seam allowance, copier settings etc).From the author's blog:"I just made myself a very pretty bra, but forgot to follow my own directions of testing the fit before actually cutting the good fabric. I discovered that the pattern for the top cup that I have included in my book may need to be altered. When I made my sample, the strap point on the front cut way to far to my arm." (April, 2012)Does this sound as though any of the patterns were actually tested prior to publication? Personally, I'm rather put out, as I factored the value of the included patterns into whether or not the book was a good buy.I know that a lot of this information is available online, but I love books. I thought it would be easier to have all the necessary information in one place, but even _with_ the book, I still find myself having to run off to google to try to figure out what the author intends in her [occasionally] unclear instruction.I have no problem with dropping serious cash on textbooks, but I expect the information contained within them to be accurate. A good editor could probably have made this book great. The book really does have potential, and a well-edited second edition might be worth the cover price. However, it currently feels like an expensive argument against self publishing.

  • By Jim Hawkins on 29 March 2013

    I'm a professional bra maker and I needed something to help teach my interns. And this book dows that brilliantly. Very clear instructions on the correct order to construct a bra. Also brilliant description of how one design varies from another.So, for these two points alone, I'm glad I bought the book.However, I've got to warn you right now, the bra patterns at the back of the book are sized wrong, 2 or 3 sizes out on the band combined with 2 or 3 cup sizes worth of wrong. And the grading rules are incorrect. There is not a half inch added all round between sizes. The grading of one cup size is the same as the grading of one band size. In other words 34C = 32D = 36B roughly, you need slightly different wires etc. But the method set out in this book for grading up and down will lead to disaster.So the best route through is to bear this in mind. Make up a trial bra using a pattern two band widths below what you know you are and then use that as your starting point. Finalise this toile and then you will have your pattern.In my opinion, as long as you know that the sizes and grading rules are not true, the book is still good value - this is the best explanation of construction I've ever seen.

  • By Guest on 17 April 2012

    I just love this book,if you want to make a bra then this is the book for you.there are patterns in the back to trace off or you can go to her web page and download them for 8 dollarsthis book will teach you how to measure-different than usual,how to sew the bra and how to make a pattern to your own measurements,it will teach you how to grade-ie later the size of patterns to help you find your perfect fita fun book to own toojane

  • By charlotte on 23 February 2013

    If you've got a large cup or back size be careful when using this book the it maybe because the book is from the US but I've been measured properly and the cups for my size where gigantic so I was very disappointed in the patterns. However the making up and pattern alteration section is quite good hence the three stars

  • By patternmania on 24 September 2012

    Very nice presentation of the basics regarding bra patternmaking and the book also gives clear description of basic grading rules for bras. Good for advanced patternmaking students and patternmakers who are new in lingerie business.

  • By CheshireKate68 on 21 October 2012

    Overall this book is good but as a novice bra pattern drafter with non-standard shape I found I could have done with more info and illustrations in some places. Occasionally the text is poorly edited so instructions aren't always clear. I had to guess what was meant, which disappointed me. But it gets you started and in most places is grest, so worth a go.

  • By M. Day on 16 October 2015

    There are no patterns in the E version which I was not aware of (Disappointing). It is a good book for a beginner / intermediate pattern cutter or sewer. There is also a picture not showing on one of the first pages.


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