Pia asks (as have many of you):
I am interested in patternmaking for children. Will it be ok to ask you to reccomend some good books on this subject? I [bought] Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear: From Birth to 14 Years by Winifred Aldrich, which was the most recent edition on this sort of book available on Amazon, but I was not really satisfied with it. I’ve also got Professional Pattern Grading for Women’s, Men’s and Children’s Apparel by Jack Handford. But apart from these, no other title I’ve found looked promising.
I (perhaps unhelpfully) responded that the process of making patterns for children’s wear is the same for adults. Pattern sizing is a separate issue. Grading books (other than Handford) are woefully silent on grading children’s clothes. The only one available among the majors is Handford’s grading book. Most of the children’s pattern drafting books -other than Aldrich and Armstrong (Pattern Making for Fashion Design) who discusses it in part- are out of print. One out of print book that gets little mention but I think is useful, is Children’s wear design by Hilde and Jaffe.
Other than the ones listed above which are the books I recommend most, here’s other sources:
Pattern design for children’s clothes by Gloria Mortimer-Dunn is out of print. I can’t find a referring page. I think this is fairly comprehensive and not a bad book but Esther (who’d know better than I would) says the measures are wonky.
Children’s Clothing: Designing, Selecting Fabrics, Patternmaking, and Sewing which apparently requires the companion volume Master Patterns for Children’s Clothing which is unavailable.
I found one home sewing resource, a self published book called Pattern Making for Children
One free resource online, vintage, is Chapter 12 of Modern Pattern Design by Harriet Pepin