PATTERN DRAFTING.PATTERN DRAFTING TOOLS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

PATTERN DRAFTING.PATTERN DRAFTING TOOLS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

Before getting into pattern drafting,it is important to know the  Pattern drafting tools and their functions.

IF you want to know what pattern drafting is all about,you can checkout this post on Dress pattern drafting for the beginner.

Let’s jump right in to the Pattern drafting tools and their functions.

1.TRACING WHEEL

This is a tiny but very useful tool.It has tiny sharp wheels that rolls.

Tracing wheels are used to transfer pattern markings from pattern to tracing paper. Tracing wheels also transfer line markings to both sides of fabric at the same time.

This however is not suitable for heavy fabric.Tracing wheels come in different sizes.But no matter the size,it all serves the same function.

Darice 27081-6 Start-to-Sew Kit, Assorted

Dritz Tracing Bundle: Smooth & Serrated Tracing Wheels

Pounce Tracing Wheel Set,Serrated Perforator Embossing Rotary Tool

2.CRAFT PAPER.

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Without a pattern Craft paper,it will be next to impossible to draft a pattern. Craft papers for pattern drafting are made up of two kinds of paper.and  are essential for both flat pattern drafting and draping.  Both techniques require a medium to create the patterns.

The two types of pattern Craft papers  include

1.DRESS makers Tracing paper usually used with a Tracing  wheel to mark fabric

2.DRESS makers pattern paper.this has grid lines to help you create and adapt patterns.

Both techniques require a medium to create the patterns.

Even though you are a home designer,you need  pattern craft paper

  If you are a professional designer using pattern creating software programs, You will still need some craft paper to transfer your patterns to your fabric.

Bienfang 50-Yard by 36-Inch wide Sketching and Tracing Paper Roll

Medical Pattern Paper: 21″ x 225′ Single Roll of Patternmaking, Drafting

Dressmakers Squared Pattern Paper, W: 80 cm, 15m

3.PATTERN RULERS

Pattern rulers come in several shapes and forms.Some are plastic,wood  ,some acrylic  while some come in metal forms.

These rulers are available in a variety of shapes.They also act as guides when drawing curves on a paper pattern.

Although patterns rulers serve singular purposes, some however can be used for multiple purposes .

Tha Dritz styling design ruler,combines hip curve,French curves, and clear transparent ruler.That not withstanding, I will still mention the single use rulers.

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DIY Sewing Ruler Tailor Set French Curve Accessories,

Ynuth 6x Clothing Measurement Ruler Comma Straight Curved Design Sewing Crafts Tool DIY

THE HIPCURVE.

This is mainly  used to shape the hip line of a skirt or trouser.At times,it can be used to shape the gentle curve of a waistline in a skirt or hem line and lapels.

VARY FORM

As the name implies  this can be used to shape a variety of areas in a pattern. Areas like the armhole, neckline,side seam curves, trouser hip curve etc.

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L SQUARE

This is used to create accurate angles and straight edges.It is also the best tool for measuring small fractions when adjusting straight edges.

Notcher

This is used to make marks on the Patterns to distinguish between front and Back patterns.It can also be used to mark dart legs,seam allowance, ease and center lines.

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Hztyyier Pattern Notcher Pattern Making Tool Stainless Steel Designer Tailor Sewing Pliers Pattern Marking Too

AWL.

This can be used to signal the beginning or ending of a dart or button hole.

It is usually used to piece holes on your pattern. The holes pieced by the awl can serve as a guide when measuring curves.The measuring tap can give an accurate measurement.when guided through these holes.

It also allows you to hold and manipulate fabric .An example is when guiding a gathered edge under the presser foot of a machine

 

MAGIC MEND SCOTCH AND BLACK TWILL TAPE

Magic mend tape is used to mend pattern work.On the other hand,black twill tape comes in handy during placement of style lines on garments .

PUSH PINS.

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These are primarily for pattern manipulation. If you want to cut several patterns at the same time,push pins help to keep them in place.

It stops the patterns from slipping or shifting during the cutting process. 

PENCILS,WASH- AWAY/FADE AWAY MARKER PENS,SHARPENER AND ERASER.

These are all useful for pattern drafting: Use Wash away marker pens to transfer pattern marks to fabric.The ink from the marker can be washed away afterwords.

Fade away markers or air soluble pens ,is an alternative to tailors chalk.The ink fades automatically in 48 hours.

STRAIGHT PINS AND PIN HOLDER

Pins are used for draping and fitting garments on mannequins. Pin holders can be pincushions which can be tied to the wrist,or magnetic  pin holders.

I tend to prefare both.I use the cushion when I am working on patterns.I later use the magnetic holder to pick up stray pins on the sewing table and floor.

DRESS FORMS

These allow you to adjust garments to get a better fit before sewing finally.It is best to start with adjustable dress forms.

linen covered dress forms, even though good for accurate pattern cutting,they are however only available in standard dress sizes.They cannot be adjusted.

Black Female Dress Form Mannequin

Adjustable Mannequin Dress Form

SCISSORS.

I mentioned the different types of scissors you need in my blog post about Sewing accessories for the beginner. You could jump over and take a look at that.For pattern drafting however,you need the paper scissors .

DESIGNER CARRY ALL KIT.

Having a bag or kit to put all the items you need for your drafting is a great time saver.

When you have put together a sewing room,It is moreover advisable and practical, fore instance to get a pattern carry all bag.This will most importantly keep all your pattern tools in one place

WHY YOU NEED A PATTERN TOOLS CARRY ALL KIT

Whether you are a beginner or proffessionaĺ fashion designer,you need a pattern tools  carry all bag or kit.

The fashion kit bag is an attractive leather portfolio type case .This case has enough room to accommodate all your pattern  tools.

Apart from holding your tools, most importantly,It is made in such a way that it protects your tools from breakage and damage.

The carry all kit bag can contain virtually all the major pattern tools you need.

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