This title presents the nitty-gritty of basic patternmaking. Off-the-peg too bland or doesn't fit? Made-to-measure too expensive? Then why not do it yourself? This volume explains the nitty-gritty of basic patternmaking, laying the essential foundations for anyone taking their first steps in tailoring and dressmaking. Four fundamental garments - skirt, dress, jacket and coat - are used to explain patterns step by step, with clear sequences of photographs and descriptions. Gradually, the reader is enabled to tackle ever-increasing complexity in patternmaking, moving toward such activities as customizing, the creative adaptation of basic models, and deriving patterns from pictures.