Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi

If there was one word to describe this book it would be "interesting". This is not really a book for clothes that most would actually wear. In fact Ms. Nakamichi makes the garments to fit little scaled fashion dolls. But all of the designs are very thought provoking. Sculptural in form, with inspiration from nature and geometric shapes.
Love those sleeves

    This is evident even in the cover. This book would be a lot of fun for those that love puzzles and those who enjoyed the book The Art of Manipulating fabric. What I also loved this book, is that it really shows garments as 3 dimensional objects. When I realized this, it made my understanding of sewing really expand.
It is in soft cover, and the garments are either black or white as well as the instructions.  There are not a ton of instructions, it is mostly pictures. Its a 104 pages and you and the photo quality is great and you can see the textures of the fabric.
    Personally for me, the book is a little above my skill level. There are some that I could maybe do, but this is definitely for advanced pattern makers who have mastered slopers already. If you are in that category this book has projects that would be a fun challenge for you.
This is one of my favorite projects, I really want to make it.

I would say this book is a must have for advanced pattern makers, as well as those who enjoy fashion as art and would enjoy the thought provoking designs.

You can download this book Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi in pdf form online, but it is in Japanese. Here http://community.livejournal.com/jmagazinescans/530169.html Scroll down in the comments and you will see it.
So just use it for previewing purposes, and buy the version you can actually read lol.


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