PDF Books available on a Flash Drive or Digital Versions by Kenneth D. King
Patternmaking 1 Course Notes Developed to Teach Patternmaking DIGITAL VERSION - $29.95
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Patternmaking 2 Course Notes Developed to Teach Patternmaking DIGITAL VERSION - $29.95
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The Moulage - DIGITAL VERSION - $24.95
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The moulage is the foundation of the pattern drafting system taught by the Ecole Guerre-Lavigne in Paris. This is a system of measuring the figure, calculating, and drafting a pattern that will fit the torso like a second skin, incorporating any of the infinite variations of shape the human figure can take.
The book starts out with an introduction and some history of the development of pattern drafting systems. This is followed by a discussion of the proper way to measure the figure, for this system. The book shows a video demonstration of these measurements.
Calculations of the measurements follow. Measurements are in both inches, and metric. The book then proceeds to show, step by step, how to draft the moulage back, then the front. Common adjustments to the muslin is next, followed by instructions on drafting the men's moulage.
From the Moulage the book will cover how to add wearing ease to create the sloper, or block (the basic unit of pattern drafting). A chapter on "special cases" follows, covering unusual situations such as osteoporosis.
Finally A discussion of how to use your sloper to check a commercial pattern will enable you to use this tool as a fitting aid, making it easier to adjust patterns to your figure.
The follow-up to this book is, The Basic Sleeve
Related Book on CD or Digital: De-Mystifying Fit - by Lynda Maynard
The Basic Sleeve - DIGITAL VERSION $19.95
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Once you get your slopers, you will need a sleeve. This book continues with the Ecole Guerre-Lavigne system, to draft the three most basic set-in sleeves: Shirt sleeve, fitted sleeve with elbow dart, and two-part tailored sleeve.
Before drafting these sleeves, there are calculations to be done to generate the values for the draft. Inches and metric are both used here. The three sleeves are demonstrated with step-by-step illustrations that will lead you through the entire draft.
Finally a discussion of common adjustments to the sleeve, and other considerations, are covered.
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This is a continuation of the French pattern drafting method I learned from my teacher. In this book, we cover more complex set-in sleeves, drafting raglan sleeves, and drafting the Kimono (cut as one with the bodice, as opposed to a set-in) sleeve. Also covered are the common adjustments needed to make the sleeves fit once they are drafted. There are 215 pages to this book, which, like the others, is in PDF format, so you can take it to Kinko's and have it printed off if you like (or print it on your home printer).
Trouser Draft - DIGITAL VERSION - $24.95
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The trouser draft starts with a video, demonstrating the proper way to take measurements. We then cover the calculations, and then drafting the trouser from calculations. Afterwards, making up in muslin, and the adjustments, are covered. finally, adding pockets, pleats, and waistbands, to make the trouser your design, will be discussed
Birth of a Bustier - DIGITAL VERSION $24.95
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If you've ever made strapless garments, or high-faced waistbands, you will know how difficult it is to make a garment that stays in position, and performs reliably. So, I've expanded on an article I wrote for Threads Magazine, and produced this book! People sometimes ask, "I don't make evening wear, why do I need this information?" It is precisely the high faced waistband. It is in a sense, a very short strapless garment, one that doesn't go over the bust.
After a brief introduction in the book, I cover first, the steps to get a well-fitting pattern for a strapless garment. This, as you know, is key to the process. (I use The Moulage, so if you don't have that book, it is recommended.)
From there, I cover the materials needed for this type of construction, along with a resource list.
From there, I cover two types of construction--Bustier construction, and corset construction. A section on how to adapt this information to make the high-faced-waistband is also included.
There are 141 pages, with many illustrations in the pattern making section, and many color photos in the construction section, taking you through all the steps to create a garment that performs reliably and fits perfectly.
The Collars - DIGITAL VERSION $24.95
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This is a continuation of the pattern drafting system I learned from my teacher, who studied at the Ecole de Guerre-Lavigne in Paris.
We start with collars drafted on a rectangle (band collar, shirt collar, peter pan), then continue on to V-neck collars. Under this section we start with the "rules" surrounding V-necklines, then cover the collars that set onto the neckline, such as the all-in-one collars, and the insertion collars.
Finally we go to the "semi-collars", collars that don't set onto a classic V-neckline or round neckline. 135 pages.
Necklines and Draping - DIGITAL VERSION $24.95
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In necklines, we will start out with some classic necklines, like the broad oval, boat neckline, and the high shaped neckline. Then we cover "neckline theory". My teacher added to the body of knowledge of the system she used, by inventing this method of controlling necklines that are low in back as well as front. This makes one able to make a neckline that doesn't gap in front or back. Once you understand neckline theory, we continue on with the draped necklines, and finish up with flat pattern draping. A discussion of how to control the neckline during garment construction, complete with lots of photos, is included. 141 pages.
The Skirts - DIGITAL VERSION $24.95
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This is another installment in the series of couture pattern making books. This 191 pages book shows how to draft skirts from measurements, and includes the straight skirts, the flared skirts, gored skirts, panel insertion skirts, and some novelty skirts. At the end is a section on adjusting the skirt for proper fit.
There is also a video, demonstrating the proper measuring of the figure for drafting skirts
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This is the final installment in the series of couture pattern making books. Dress Lines (116 pages) starts with the sloper generated from "The Moulage" and shows the classic dress line drafts. It begins with the A-line dresses, then the two princess line drafts, the two tent dress drafts, and the Empire line draft. The Dress Lines book finishes the series of pattern drafting, as Kenneth learned it from his teacher.
Tailored Jacket - DIGITAL VERSION $27.95
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I am excited about this book, as it is the book I would have wanted when I was learning how to make tailored garments. My aim was to create a book that illustrates the process so well that one would feel confident to try an tailored jacket, knowing that there would be enough photographs to illustrate what the process in the text would look like.
This book has been proof-read by my three master proof-readers, Kathy Judd, Anne Fukano, and Shireen Irvine Perry--they each gave their comments and questions, which showed me where I needed to to make certain points clearer or add more photos to really exactly explain a point or process.
It covers the construction of my tailored jacket by following a jacket, from the cutting out to the finishing. The text is illustrated with over 300 photos, showing even the smallest details in the process I use to make my tailored jackets. Some of the topics covered are:
Brush Fringe Jacket- DIGITAL VERSION $17.95
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Frayed and fringed edges are being seen in fashion, from the streets to the runways of Paris. This book shows how to make tailored clothing with self-fringed edges, while still being able to incorporate sew-in interfacings. Covered are welt pockets, patch pockets, collars, and jacket facings and hems. Conceived as a companion volume to the Tailored Jacket. 63 pages.
Handbag Construction - DIGITAL VERSION $24.95
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I've got a new book available--it's called Handbag Construction!
This came out of on-line handbag classes I've had the privilege of teaching for Patternreview.com. It features both the soft, and rigid types of construction that I do, complete with lots of photos, so you can really see the important details, to make a success of your project.
The book also has added sections on using closures and handles, a section on the necessary materials and tools, and a resource list. And, finally, there's photo gallery of my favorite bag creations (drawn from my archives), along with comments on how they were made.
There are lots of photos in this book (I like the photos), and the gallery photos have gotten especially good reviews. This is 96 pages, in the Adobe PDF format, just like all my other books.
Making Patterns from Existing Garments - DIGITAL VERSION - $24.95
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This book outlines the method of taking a pattern from an existing garment, without taking that garment apart. Kenneth's method uses buff-colored silk organza as the medium with which to retrieve the information from a garment. In photos, he demonstrates how to get the information from the existing garment, and transfer that information to paper. ??
There's a special section on using this method to copy trousers, a section on how to find grain lines when they aren't readily visible, a section on how to find grain lines on shirts and blouses, and a section on copying puffed sleeves. A separate section shows how to handle pleats in garments.
Then, in the section on pattern making, he shows how to translate this information into a working pattern, complete with facings, interlinings, and linings.
This PDF is 142 pages, with photos and illustrations.
There's a new book out by Kenneth! "Embellishments" gathers many diverse embellishment techniques that Kenneth has written about, taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and across the country. At over 170 pages, with many, many photographs, this is a compendium of techniques that Kenneth has used over the years. The information is divided into four sections: Flowers, Braids, Pleating embellishments, and miscellaneous techniques.
This is over 170 pages, with photos and illustrations.
Cool Tricks Takes Manhattan DIGITAL VERSION - $25.95
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My guiding philosophy when writing these books is, that I want to write the books I wanted and needed when I was starting out. These CD, Flash drive or digital books are for those people, like myself, who wish to master the craft of haute couture pattern making and construction.
The big advantage of books on CD, Flash Drive or Digital is that I’m not limited by the constraints of publishing a paper book, but can include as many illustrations, photos, and explanations as I feel necessary, to be entirely clear about the topic.