This section of the book is a selection of key shapes and garments for womenswear. The main garment groups have been researched and analyzed to create a core collection of generic known styles. “Fashion” details have been erased, where possible, to create “absolute” styles with the minimum of distracting details.

This directory of garment shapes is intended as a guide to the most familiar basic, classic styles and details that can be adapted and integrated into your own design ideas. There are myriad more dress, jacket, collar, skirt, and pant styles, but those featured here are the most well known.

Each garment group begins with a selection of key basic shapes, which are shown as a simple muslin and as a flat to demonstrate ...

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