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English to French translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Textiles / Clothing / Fashion
English term or phrase:pattern books
Please see my previous question (fabric books). Someone is shopping in a huge mall. He sends the clerks "to their fabric books and pattern books to search for elusive designs". My understanding is that it is a book with samples of patterns (not "patrons" but "motifs") but am very uncertain, and in any case have no idea if there is a specific translation.
Thanks in advance for any enlightenment!
@constancedm in paticular: I supposed it was more 'motifs' (and since posting, have continued my searches and am wondering about 'dessins', as the patterns on material, also) because the passage is 'the birth of a consumer' - he goes to the shopping mall and starts buying anything and everything. Just after this phrase, he says "we crossed from furniture to men's wear, walking through cosmetics". As it's a department store, and he's not a "maker" of things, as a tailor or seamstress might be, but a "buyer" , I thought it was probably more likely NOT patterns for making things.
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livre / catalogue de patrons
Arnold007 Canada Local time: 19:08 Native speaker of: French PRO pts in category: 40
I will go with the flow here and revise my initial interpretation. Thank you!
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