Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit by Steffani Lincecum. The story goes that I found this book on Amazon as I was perusing books for patternmaking because I was sick of fitting sewing patterns from envelopes. I think there's a point that every sewist comes to where you are wondering if there is a work around to the whole fitting problem that plagues us all. Sewing patterns don't fit right out of the envelope for pretty much anyone and yes, that includes Indie's in my opinion as I have yet to find one that does. But this is a part of the apparel sewing process. Fitting and a basic understanding of good fit is essential and comes with time, patience and practice. But when you get to the part where are wondering if there is a work around for fitting, you start looking at possibly creating your own patterns.
The even neater part about this book is that you learn more patternmaking tricks because Steffani shows you how to make changes to your base pattern to create new styles. Take the skirt section for example. At first she shows you how she did a rub-off for a pencil skirt. From there she changes it into an A-Line, then a wrap skirt, then an elastic waist pull on skirt. While some of the styles weren't something I would make, I've learned that the techniques she walks you through to create the different styles are invaluable and translate into various other ways to change a pattern to create a style fitting for my personal taste.
Easy Guide to Sewing Linings if you want to make jackets!
Anyone else have this book? Liked it? For those interested, you can find it here.