Pattern Magic is a series of pattern-making book from Japan. The Designer Tomoko Nakamichi uses nature and forms as inspiration. The author has an unique take on geometric shapes transforming and sculpting into clothes. Some concepts are more wearable than others but the feeling of figuring the puzzle out makes these book series a joy to explore. All pattern magic books come with with step-by- step projects. Each project is fully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs showing the stages of construction, the muslins, and the finished garments. The series follows each creative approach to pattern making into separate sections (parts).
Tomoko is famous for the quick-turn technique which entice you to draft a pattern flat adding twists to create folds which in turn are sewn into your desired seam shape. “Close, cut and open out”.
Book 1 started by explaining the fundamentals of her techniques. That drape is a dance of light and shadow. That you can create three dimensional forms with design lines only. This book explores interwoven designs like bamboo shoots to musubus (bows).
Book 2: “Unexpected shapes and forms”. Part 1 explore geometric shapes like wearing a circle, a ballon, a triangle or a square. Part 2 explore decorative structures like knots, stars… Part 3 explores vanishing pockets, lapels and ties.
Book 3: Perhaps with the most unusual of the designs of the series. Tomoko thinks authenticity is getting harder and harder to come by and that exploration of craftsmanship is translated into more complex projects. You will find ruffles, shirring and sharp pleats in a perspective you may never seen before.
All the books design concepts could be applied into wearable clothes by reinterpreting the constructions and scaling. Are you tempted?
*Copy of the book 3 was provided for the review. Book 1 and 2 borrowed from my library for a comprehensive perspective. Opinions my own. Images my own presented with permission of Laurence King.