Updated: Jul 13, 2018
It is recommended to collect up your required tools prior to starting any Module. This tools list is useful for drafting a Base Template, a Working Template or Flexible Patterns.
I have tried to keep it to an essentials list and also offered suggestions of what I use.
When it comes to tools I think it is best to pay a little more for a quality item and it will last you through the years to come if you look after it.
Beg and borrow what you can to start with and then add to your tool pack over time.
Drafting Paper. I use butcher packing paper as it is large in size and easy to fold, light weight so therefore easy to make trace marks on it, but it is strong enough to pin or stick with tape if you want to hold up to a body for an initial view, it is also cheaper than other dress making options. You can get it from your local large stationers or from storage centres in bulk and either buy individual sheets or invest in a roll.
Large A3 size medium weight card. I use 240g medium weight because I think heavy weight is unnecessary and could make everything just that little bit larger if you are not careful, lightweight may not stand the test of time. I also colour co-ordinate my cards so that I can quickly find what I am looking for. I use White for a Base Template patterns (cream for Working Templates, grey for negative ease Working Templates, and pink for Flexible Patterns). You could choose your own colour scheme or just keep them all the same colour. We only make the draft into a pattern when it is fully tested so not all drafts will make the cut.
Pencil. I use a very fine 0.5mm mechanical retractable type pencil and get the best I can afford as the really cheap ones tend to break too much.
Eraser. I try to fine erasers that have a diagonal edge to help rubbing out lines that are close together.
Fine tip Pens in Black and Red. I do prefer erasable ones and am currently trying out the Pilot pens.
Drafting Rulers Straight/Curved. I use an 18”, 2” wide see through ruler which has lines horizontally and vertically marked every 1/8” which makes a useful grid for measuring with. It also has little holes punched in at 1” intervals down the middle which make drawing 45 degree lines easy I use a standard see through French curve ruler and for drafting the Base Template You don’t really need much more than this – I never use a set square ruler because I can use my straight ruler with the grids to square off lines.
Tape Measure. To assist with measuring around curves.
Compass. useful even if you can draw a circle freehand, use a compass for accuracy.
Paper Scissors. make sure they are good and sharp and will cut through paper or card.
A Quilters Cutting Board. To help with scoring with a Tracing Wheel when truing a draft.
A Clear Tape Dispenser I find the kind that you can write on the best to use. A heavy Tape Dispenser helps you pull off a piece when you have your hands full.
A Tracing Wheel You can pick one up at any good sewing store, choose one that looks robust because it is going to get a thrashing!
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