The Magic Pattern Book By Amy Barickman – Book Review

“In planning and designing your own clothes, you need first to know your type, what to emphasize, and what to subdue. And then you should have a good, reliable style magazine, a full-length mirror, and a determination to persevere until [the] right effects are obtained.”
- Mary Brooks Pickens 1920

The focus of The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman is on foundational design principles of 6 wardrobe staples:

Magic Pattern A -The Tank Top
Magic Pattern B – The Skirt
Magic Pattern C – The Dress
Magic Pattern D – The Cardigan
Magic Pattern E – The Coat
Magic Pattern F – The Accessories

The “Magic” that sets this pattern book apart is that each basic has 6 variations, for a total of 36 unique designs. Take it one step further with each variation shown in 6 different fabrics. Magic!

You’ll be proud of your accomplishment. You’ve always wanted to make a dress all by yourself, haven’t you? But you’ve been timid. Banish your fears.”
- The woman’s Institute’s Fashion Service magazine, 1929

Here you can see two variations of Magic Pattern A – The Tank Top.

“Surely the making of a comfortable, becoming, and attractive dress from a garment discarded and seemingly useless is cause for rejoicing.”
Mary Brooks Pickens, Inspiration Newsletters 1924

Magic Pattern C is The Dress – With multiple hem lines and interchangeable sleeve details the dress variations are based on a figure flattering A-line silhouette.

“As sewing experience increases [so does] the confidence that says of the most intricate or elaborate design, ‘I can make that.’”
- Laura McFarlane, The Woman’s Institute’s Fashion Service Magazine, 1930

Magic Pattern D – The Cardigan gives instructions to create a knee length sweater, a cropped jacket style, a fluttery wrap as well as a vest and a waist length Jackie O style jacket.

“In planning clothes for yourself, first read all the authentic fashion news available and observe style drawings, shop windows, and well-dressed women.”
Mary Brooks Pickens 1923

All thru the book there are many ideas for repurposed designs. The Faith Beret is made of cashmere fabric from an unwearable sweater.

To win a copy of The Magic Pattern Book leave a comment below telling us what garments you want to make this fall.

For more projects and giveaways visit The Magic Pattern Book tour stops throughout October:

October 6:
October 7: Windy Lou
October 8: Melly Sews
October 9: Craft Gossip
October 13: Adventures of a DIY Mom
October 14: Lilacs & Lace
October 15: Four Square Walls
October 16: Pink Chalk Studio
October 17: City Stitching with Christine Hayes
October 20: Cut Out & Keep
October 21: He Sowed, She Sewed
October 22: Chic Steals
October 23: Threads
October 24: Indygo Junction


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