Book Review: Grading Techniques for Modern Design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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