Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pattern Drafting: The Basics

This post has been updated, re-written, and posted to my new blog, HERE. Pattern Drafting Basics by: Isn't that Sew
Pattern Drafting Basics by: Isn't that Sew
I've been making a lot of patterns for work lately. I thought I would share some of my essential tools for the job. I also would really appreciate if you took a minute to answer my 7 question survey. I would love to know if you are interested in learning to sew and draft your own patterns! Thanks in advance! -Ruth-

The basics:
Tape-It's always smart to have it around
Paper-Uh, duh! I like to use craft paper because that is what we used in school and it's the most stable (besides oak tag, can you say expensive)
Rulers-While you don't need all fancy pattern making rules, you should have a french curve and a clear plastic at the very least.
Eraser-I need this more than I'd like to admit.
Pencils-I recommend having at least two colors so you can differentiate between old and new pattern lines. 
Weights-You will need some sort of paper weights to hold down your craft paper. I use some household objects, but I also have two professional weights.
Measuring tape-Must. Have. Need I say more. Really helps to accurately measure curves (paired with your awl.)

The Extras:
Awl-I highly recommend investing in one of these if you will be doing any sort of intense pattern making. They are only a few bucks and make all the difference in the world for marking darts and scoring lines. 
Stapler-I find the one with the extended arm especially helpful when I need to close darts.
The "rabbit"-I love the rabbit because it helps me easily hang and organize my patterns.
Cutting mat-I have several cutting mats. I love them because I don't ruin my craft table and because they have an awesome measuring grid!
Tracing wheel-Only one of the most brilliant inventions. Ever.
Pattern Notcher-Since I'm a bit OCD, this is one of my favorite tools to mark my patterns.

Next time we will discuss the basic tools and their functions. Until then...Cheers! -Ruth-

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