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Date: 5/3/13 8:55 PM

Between French curves and dressmaker's curves?

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Date: 5/3/13 9:25 PM

Am guessing here but it could be that French curves are the generic name for the set of curve-shape templates (used by all artists) and a dressmakers curve would either have markings for measurement/scaling on it too?

Not everyone needs to measure their curves...but dressmakers would have a fairly big need.

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Date: 5/3/13 9:30 PM

French curves are usually a set of 3 rulers with varied curves. A dressmakers curve has the curves specific to dressmaking, eg hip curve.

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Date: 5/3/13 10:50 PM

Dressmakers curves are subsets of the 28 piece Burmester or French curve set. For instance, the Curve 17 is used to make armholes and necklines. The different shapes are seqments of
an Euler spiral.

Different curves are used in different applications. The 3 curve set was most commonly used for fitting quadratic curves ( ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas) source. And of course, the curves are produced to different scales.

So dressmaking curve is shorthand for "the curves you need at the scales you need". Another set is the variform curve, which apparently differs ever so slightly from the hip curve.

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Date: 5/4/13 0:12 AM

Yowza, my head is spinning. How is a person supposed to know what to buy to draft their own patterns?

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Date: 5/4/13 1:06 AM

I have a couple of C-Thru 2inch*18 rulers, a L square (made of aluminum and inscribed with odd scale for the benefit of those without pocket calculators, a vary form (18 inches I think), a four in one ruler, which isn't that versatile, given that the scales are inaccurate, a #17 french curve (which is). . And some metric rulers for when I'm drafting from a European book... They've all run off and hidden themselves under some piles of fabric. Alas.

The brands, iirc, are fairgate and or Lance.

The C-thru rulers are good. Anything with a nice, fine grid that won''t obscure what you've already drawn.
How did I find them? Industrial supply stores, mostly, some of which do business on ebay. Under pattermaking tools, often.

As for what to buy.

Patternmaking for Fashion Design at Amazon It's really really expensive. But Click to look inside.

On one of he first few pages, the author lists

Curve rules

French Curve Dietzgen #17
Sleigh Curve (I don't have this one)
Hip Curve
Vary form curve.

And there are pictures.

aluminum rulers are good-- if it's too heavy it tends to get in the way.

-- Edited on 5/4/13 1:07 AM --

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Date: 5/4/13 1:53 AM

Thank you, Andye, for that link. I guess that's the more-specific information you get if you spring for the $90+ book on pattern making rather than the $30 book.

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Date: 5/4/13 2:11 AM

If you're not doing this as part of coursework, used patternmaking books can be a real bargain...

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