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We put together this list of resources to help visitors and friends navigate to useful links we’ve found helpful getting the work done.


Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear

I have been using these books for years and now they are available for free here in PDF form (sshhh). The 5th Edition covers basic blocks, grading and style development in a simple easily understood manner. The measurements are in metric system but easily converted to imperial for use in the United States. Download PDF

Bunka | Fashion Design Series

Very expensive but invaluable perspective on creative pattern cutting from the perspective of the legendary Japanese Bunka school’s pattern drafting methodology.  


VISUAL DICTIONARY OF FASHION DESIGN produces this gorgeous and handy volume along with a number of other great books, most notably Textilopedia and the Fashion Business Manual. All great reference resources to have handy when designing, drafting or musing. 

Couture Sewing Techniques

 A direct and deep covering of couture sewing techniques, tips and tricks for most skill levels. By Author Claire B. Shaeffer.

New York
This is a useful set of sourcing manufacturing links and resources we use to help clients new to NYC navigate vendors and production partners.
︎C&J Textile  Well priced quality silks with decent range of colors.
︎M&J Trim
Large store of varied but general trims and notions.  ︎ Sil Thread One stop for basic sewing and pattern making supplies and materials.
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