Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pattern Drafting 101: Tools of the Trade

Pattern drafting can be done with the simplest tools but a few certain tools make drafting easier and much more effective. Below is a list of tools I recommend.

Paper: wrapping paper that has a grid backing and is at least 24 inches wide is the easiest to obtain & the best for drafting on. You can also use freezer paper, or brown wrapping paper.

Scissors: multi purpose and fabric (to be used strictly on fabric- using fabric scissors on anything other then fabric dulls them).

Rulers: 12 or 18 inch and a 1 yard ruler are the most recommended but as you can see I have quite the collection of quilting rules that work just as well too, I personally use the 6 inch by 24 inch ruler the most.

Pencil, Eraser, Tape, and Stapler.

Dressmakers curve, French curve- but a cup, bowl and plate will do the trick- I purchased this set of French curves from the painting/drafting section of Hobby Lobby.

Tape Measure to measure yourself with.

Awl or something sharp/pointy to punch holes for dart/pocket placements.

Gingham fabric- this fabric is the best for practicing on as it's checked pattern is the same on both sides and makes it easiest to match darts and seams.

Table or large flat surface to work on.

*This is not complete and exhaustive list but it will get the job done!


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