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European Cut-The Book. Anyone tried it?

Rabia | Posted in Fitting on

I spotted this ad for the book in SewStylish and decided to check it out. Apparently it’s a simplified method for  European style patternmaking, which is more complex and personalized than the North American style. Has anyone here checked it out? If so, how was it? It seems to me more worthwhile to learn European style patternmaking;  there always seems to be such problems with fitting the north American way. I would rather learn a style of patternmaking that nips that problem in the bud, even if it IS more complicated!


  1. lou19 | | #1

    book not on amazon uk. Any more details?

  2. woodruff | | #2

    There are several reviews by advanced seamstresses at patternreview.com 

    Here's one:


    Both reviews at the pr site note that the sole purpose of this book is the development of a perfectly fitting sloper. It is not concerned with drafting fashion patterns.

    For those who are not into drafting patterns but are interested in the European draft, I strongly recommend Burda.  Their fit is different across the board.  I find that when I buy European RTW pants, for example, they fit me just the way my Burda pants do. I have never found any--as in not even one--American RTW pants that fit me the same way.

  3. Yikeswear | | #3

    I strongly recommend European Cut

    This is a very late post but I was surfing and saw the question about this book.  For me this book was a turning point.  Pattern drafting had always eluded me as too complicated, but European Cut changed all that.  It shows you step by step how to create slopers based on the European pattern drafting method.  It's like Elizabeth is sitting right beside you the entire way.  Once you have your slopers you can progress toward designing patterns OR you can use them to customize commercial patterns to your shape.  Once you buy the book, you can download additional information from her website.  http://www.vestisbooks.com  

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