Patternmaking Tools and Supplies

This page describes the tools and supplies I use for patternmaking including the sewing supplies I use for creating test slopers. At the bottom of this page there are links to videos where you can see a description of these tools and supplies.

Measuring Tools

  • Copy of my Measurement Chart
       (page 16 of How to Make Sewing Patterns)
  • Tape Measure
       Optional small 1/4" tape measure for fashion dolls. (6mm)
  • Velcro for marking waist and hips (3 yards)
  • Weighted chain (pull chain for light bulbs)
  • Two squares
       (These can be made from the mat board used for the scale rulers, see below.)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Patternmaking Tools and Supplies

  • Pattern Paper
       (Click here for a PDF Example of the paper I use.)
  • 1/4' Graph Paper
       (I use this for fashion doll slopers and scaling patterns.)
  • Pencil (Always use a pencil when creating patterns, never a pen.)
  • Eraser
  • Yard Stick (or other long ruler)
  • Ruler
  • Scale Rulers (Download a PDF file for the Scale Rulers here.)
  • C-Thru Ruler for seam allowances.
  • Seam Allowance Gauge
  • Paper Scissors
  • Flexible Curve (optional for drawing curves)
  • Plastic Square
       (You need this for right angles if you don't use the pattern paper I recommend.)

Sewing Tools and Supplies

  • Gingham or Muslin (See the course descriptions for specifcs.)
  • Bias Tape for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) fittings
  • Fabric Scissors
       (or Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat)
  • Cork Board and Push Pins (optional cutting system)
  • Pattern Notcher (optional--but I love mine)
  • Sewing Machine (This is optional but highly recommended.)
  • Iron and Ironing Board (This is not optional if you want to do good work.)
  • White and Black Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper
  • Fabric Marking Pens (Felt tip pens are okay.)
  • Tracing Wheel and Tracing Paper (Optional but recommended.)
  • Camera (Optional but great for checking the final fit and asking for help online.)

To see a description of these tools and supplies, you may view the videos below.

 

Patternmaking Tools
and Supplies
(Same as YouTube above)
For DSL or Broadband For Dialup Connections
(1.5 min - 9.5mb) (4 min - 1.5mb)
Sewing Tools
and Supplies
For DSL or Broadband For Dialup Connections
(1.5 min - 10.4mb) (4 min - 1.6mb)