Patternmaking Tools

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Straight Ruler
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-Used mainly for drafting straight lines -Should be preferably made of clear plastic with a calibration of 0.5cm grids
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French Curves
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-Used for drawing curved lines of different curvatures -Edges should be smooth
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Tape Measure
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-Essential for taking body measurements and measuring curve lines on the pattern draft -60 inches (150 cm) long with measurements on both sides -The best tape is flexible synthetic or fiberglass which will not tear or stretch -Made with metal-tipped (non-fraying) ends and some come with their own handy container
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L-Square
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-Useful for locating cross grains, altering patterns and squaring off straight edges -Full-scale, half-scale and 1:5 scale models are available
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Yardstick or Metric Ruler
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-The best device for long, straight measurements -Suitable for checking grainlines and marking hems
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Pencils
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-The main drafting instrument and it should be kept sharp or pointed -Hard pencils that can provide sharp, firm lines on pattern paper
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Pencil Sharpener
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-Used for sharpening the pencils and colored pencils
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Eraser
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-Used for correcting mistakes on the pattern draft -It should be of good quality so that it will not leave marks on the pattern
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Pattern Paper
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-Brown paper of medium and heavy weight -Medium weight- used mainly for men’s wear pattern and women’s outerwear
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Sharp Scissors
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-Used for cutting patterns -It should have sharp blades
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Fine Point Marker Pen
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-Used for labeling pattern
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Adhesive Tape
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-Used to lengthen pattern paper if it is short -Used to mend unwanted cutting
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Paper Weights
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-Used for holding pattern paper flat and free from creases during drafting
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Pattern Notcher
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-Used in making notch marks on patterns as a reference for assembly -Blade edges should be kept sharp and covered when not in use
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Tracing Wheel
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-Used with dressmaker’s tracing paper to transfer pattern markings into the fabric as a reference for assembly -Tracing are suitable for most fabrics but should be used with care on sheers and loosely woven fabrics
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Dressmaker’s Tracing Paper
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-Used with tracing wheel to transfer pattern marks into the fabric as a reference for assembly -Comes in packs containing several colors including white -Before using, test on a scrap of fabric to make sure that markings will not come through to right side of fabric when it is ironed
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Dressmaker’s Pin
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-Used in steadying the pattern into the fabric when cutting -Used in fitting, styling on a dummy and for other sewing purposes -Keep in a box with pin cushion and magnet
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Stapler
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-Used in attaching two pattern pieces or a folded pattern together for cutting -It prevents pattern from slipping and improves the accuracy -It must be removed after cutting
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Pattern Hooks
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-Used in hanging the finished pattern for storage
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Calico (Muslin)
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-Used in making up the first sample garment to test the fit of a new pattern
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Hole Punch
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-Used in making a hole in patterns to hold hanger storage

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