The Magic Pattern Book By Amy Barickman – Book Review

on Oct 16, 2014 in Books | 83 comments

“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: AmyBarickman.com
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

 

    83 Comments

  1. I am not much of a garment sewer but I would love to make some dresses for myself.

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    Donna Simonton

    October 17, 2014

  2. I’d like to make a couple of the cardigans to wear with jeans and to spiff up plain skirt/shirt outfits. Thanks fir the opportunity!

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    Corinne D

    October 17, 2014

  3. I’m excited to sew tops. I’ve not been into making them until recently. Usually I stick to dresses.

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    Anna (64colorbox)

    October 17, 2014

  4. I would love to make a cardigan and some vests. I wear them all the time. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Pam

    October 17, 2014

  5. Those cardigans look lovely and like great fun to make!

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    Jonne Adams

    October 18, 2014

  6. Would love to make a tunic top and slacks that actually fit everywhere. It looks as if the book would contain enough fitting info so that I could pull this off. Thanks for sharing, Susan

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    Susan Grancio

    October 18, 2014

  7. I’m working on Halloween costumes right now and then I’m making matching PJs for my daughters and my niece.

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    Judith Martinez

    October 18, 2014

  8. I am making Halloween costumes, and then plan on sewing winter skirts for myself.

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    Sarah

    October 18, 2014

  9. I’d love to make a roomy sweater to where with leggings this winter!!

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    shae

    October 19, 2014

  10. I am going to Quiltcon so I am hoping to make some clothes and bags. First in my list is a washi top.

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    Cheryl

    October 19, 2014

  11. Ho ! This looks like a very interesting and useful book ! I’m currently finishing a circle skirt (my first) and a very large batwing top to wear with jeans/leggings this winter. I would love to learn to sew well enough to make a nice A-line coat…

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    deby

    October 19, 2014

  12. The Cecilia Dress and the Davina Cardigan appeal to me. I would love to make a few of those. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Melissa Brown

    October 19, 2014

  13. I love the cardigan/jacket/vest concept! All of these [patterns look to be so versatile.

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    Lori Williams

    October 19, 2014

  14. I’m mainly sewing for my toddler this fall since I’m prego but I would really love to make some sort of outer wrap in a neutral plaid for myself.

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    Naomi

    October 19, 2014

  15. I would love to make a Faith beret and a fun
    skirt. Thanks.

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    Jan Richards

    October 19, 2014

  16. I want to make some dresses for myself.

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    BJ Marley

    October 19, 2014

  17. I have several skirts planned. I also have a stash of felted wool sweaters that I want to use in mittens and a small throw. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

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    Kelly Wilson

    October 19, 2014

  18. I have a knit skirt cut out and ready to go.

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    Margie

    October 19, 2014

  19. I’m hoping to make a dress and jacket this fall

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    Anita

    October 19, 2014

  20. I’d like to make a dress and a skirt. I have some patterns, now I just need the time to sew!

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    Betty

    October 20, 2014

  21. I think it’s about time I make some pants. I’ve had the Thurlow Trousers pattern long enough

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    Andrea

    October 20, 2014

  22. Really like the Alice. So many possibilities! Cant wait to try.

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    Tina

    October 20, 2014

  23. Working on Halloween costumes! Other than that I don’t have much planned in terms of garments.

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    Arianna M.

    October 20, 2014

  24. This book looks great! I am definitely making a coat and jacket! And there are always a few dresses that I need to get to! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Elizabeth

    October 20, 2014

  25. I would love to learn how to sew a decent coat for fall! I don’t have anything but zipup hoodies.

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    Anna Palmer

    October 21, 2014

  26. I’d like to make a skirt and a few dresses. Dresses really intimidate me!

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    Margie

    October 28, 2014

  27. I sewed for my “boys” when they were kids, then I sewed for my grandsons. Now they are older and don’t really want to to make them anything. So now it is my turn to make things for myself and can’t wait to get started.

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    Donna Strawhorn

    October 28, 2014

  28. Jeans! I just can’t buy a pair that fits!

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    Auntiepatch

    November 12, 2014

  29. I saw this book at the Sewing and Stitchery expo this past weekend, but it was all sold out. I am going to have to order it! It looks like so much fun.

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    Joy Cochran

    March 3, 2015

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