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titianmom
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Date: 5/2/11 7:10 PM

Hello,

Finally found an older copy of Patternmaking for Fashion designing and I'm waiting for it to get here.

I'm sure it'll include information on tools of the trade, but I want experienced pattern makers to pass on what they consider essential--tools they use every time they work on creating a new pattern.

I'm guessing a french curve, but I'm looking into it and there are many sizes to get, along with rulers, et al. So any suggestionson MUST HAVE are welcome, also the best place to order online. I live in WV and I can't find *any* sewing paraphenalia. And with gas at $4.09 a gal, I'm not driving to another state to get them.

Thanks!!! Kim

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Date: 5/2/11 8:23 PM

I always use a French curve and almost always a hip curve. There are other pieces in the set which I use sometimes, but those are my main tools. I also use a gridded mat, a yardstick, and a clear ruler.

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Date: 5/2/11 8:51 PM

Some of the tools I use are: French curve, hip curve, clear plastic ruler, and an L square. I think all you really need are a good set of rulers, but it would be interesting to see if anyone lists something else as a must have.
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Date: 5/2/11 9:10 PM

If it helps, here's Armstrong's list of recommended tools:

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Date: 5/2/11 10:23 PM

I agree with all the items metioned and I would add a BIG bolt of muslin. One or two yards isn't going to cut it. You don't need the fancy gridded patternmaking paper. I would be particular about the french curve and hip curve you get. Initially bought a plasic one but the curves weren't quite right. I use the Fairgate brand.

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Date: 5/3/11 0:57 AM

In addition to bolts of muslin, bolts of tracing paper - you'll go through lots of it.

Here's a link to D Blick tracing paper in rolls. I usually get 24 inches wide by 50 yards and it lasts a long time.

Also, really good quality mechanical/drafting pencils.

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Date: 5/3/11 12:21 PM

French curves and drafting rulers cost alot less at office supply or art supply stores.

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Date: 5/3/11 1:03 PM

It helps if the curves are the right size and shape.


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Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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Date: 5/3/11 4:00 PM

Magic Tape and a nice big heavy tape dispenser. If you can find the tape in 1/2" widths, buy a few rolls of it. Usually it is wider, but you can order the narrow one at most office supply stores.

Remember to write your name on all your supplies.

I like the coloured mechanical pencils too.

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Date: 5/3/11 5:26 PM

Honestly? For me the essentials are just large-scale paper to draft on (I use wrapping paper with 1" grid on the back, but even a paper bag will work), something to write with, and something to measure with. As you progress you will become particular about the tools you use (I still haven't found a ruler or curves that I love), but you *can* do this with the minimum of supplies.

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