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Book Review: Grading Techniques for Modern Design

Book review: Grading Techniques for Modern Design, Jeanne Price & Bernard Zamkoff

Grading Techniques for Modern Design -  Jeanne Price & Bernard Zamkoff

Compared to Concepts of Fashion Grading this book feels more like a quick reference guide. Which Is a good thing! This book doesn't over complicate the proces, but still has enough substance to get you going.

Grading Techniques for Modern Design, Zamkoff & Price

The book covers woven women's garments for junior and misses sizes. There is a 1" and 1 1/2" for the junior sizes and for the misses sizes they also offer a 2" grading chart. All the examples are graded in 1 1/2" and you use the grading chart to adapt the distribution charts.

There is a basic explaination of what grading is, what to consider when defining a sizechart, but mostly it's a collection of distribution diagrams and a step by step instruction for manual grading cover a lot of different styles as well as the basics.

Grading Techniques for Modern Design, Zamkoff & Price

The basics they cover are the bodice, skirt, pants, set-in sleeve and a collar. Amongst the more complex garments are a princess bodice, shawl collar, kimono raglan sleeve, a gusset sleeve, a set-in raglan sleeve. These distribution charts are all acompanied by instructions for manual grading.

Grading Techniques for Modern Design, Zamkoff & Price

In conclusion they added a spread with 12 additional grade distribution charts for a bodice with multiple darts, a cape, a two-piece sleeve and more. 

Grading Techniques for Modern Design, Zamkoff & Price
If you are looking to grade menswear, childrenswear or stretch garments you would have to look elsewhere since there are no examples in this book.

Where to buy it: Amazon
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