As a freelance Pattern Designer, I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and creative designers.  These designers have specialized in such things as bags, dresses, formal wear and day wear.  However, my daily services include such things as pattern alterations, pattern grading and creating personalized slopers for those that sew for themselves as well as those who sew for others.  So, where does that leave you in the scope of my services?  Here are a few great books I recommend that will help get you started in your chosen field of design.

At the very top of my list and I do highly recommend this one::  The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Sewn Product Manufacturing, by Kathleen Fasanella for anyone who has a desire to go into business designing and producing sewn products for sale either online or off.  

This book will take you step-by-step through the entire process from idea to production and beyond.  The contents of this book will give you an overall understanding of the “Trade” and “How to Plan a Line” along with information on marketing, and production.  Detailed information is given on price-points, sourcing materials, definitions and the duties of needed industry professionals, including: Grading services, pattern makers, sample makers, cutters and setting up shop.  Forms for costing your products and defining your market are included along with forms, worksheets and production scheduling checklist and pattern template guides.

To help you understand the pattern designing process and know what to expect or to begin your own road to pattern designing, not something to be taken on by the faint of hear,  is a great book by Connie Crawford, Pattern making Made Easy

Another great book to help you understand what goes into garment designs and fashion sewing for those of you who choose to sew and manufacture in-house, would be Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers, by Julie Cole and Sharon Czachor
Another good, extremely good book for understanding how patterns work is: How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design

I get a lot of request for making and altering patterns and thought this might help to demystify the process when searching for industry professionals.

I wasn’t much of a fashionista when I made this 25 years ago.  But, I tell you I was a pretty good sewist by anyone’s standards.  
And I did know fashion, also by  the looks of it, I also had a good handle on the moonwalk.  Life was so much fun back then. 
Erica B.  on her blog, says she wants this cutie. Of course the up-to-date version…Kwik Sew 3898
 I just know, from past experience, she will rock this jumpsuit. 
As comfortable for the tom-boy as it is stylish for the fashionista. This jumpsuit, suits all styles.  Dress it up or down, and you have a tough little outfit to do anything in.  I made mine back then, I think, out out a grey brushed cotton twill.  But you have to remember, if you are old enough, that back then there wasn’t much in the fabric department to choose from. So, I can’t wait to see this made up in the silk crepe de chine she is hoping to find.
I know I wouldn’t wear this again, my rump roast is way to big for this type of look.  Something, I just didn’t notice back then. But, oh yeah, people didn’t really worry so much about that, because just the fact that you sewed something yourself, brought on all the ooo’s and awwww’s.  It was a part of life to sew for yourself.  Now, it almost seems that you have to prove you can do better than the designers out there.  (Thats another ranting blog..) Cause, I believe what people are so call copying from today’s designers, they could just find in their mom’s closets and just be-dazzle the stuff a little and accessorize and you have a “look”.  
Not to step on anyone’s toes, but if you are not copying Carolina Herrera and the likes of her, you are just remaking the same old stuff from back when mommy taught us how to sew.  With that said, just make what you like, and trust, it has been made before.  Nothing is new, and trends are what you make of them.  Use the patterns provided by our lovely pattern designers as a springboard to do what YOU want and enjoy your creations as your own.  Not so you can say I copied a designer original…cause you didn’t.  What you DID do is save all that rediculous money they try to charge for the garments.  
OooooK…sorry, I just had to get that out.  No offense to any of my lovely friends in sewing blog land.
Sew til later.. luv ya!