Tools required for pattern drafting

Below are the necessary tools for a pattern drafting beginner.
To do a good job, one needs the right tools for the job.
Happy pattern drafting! :)

DRAFTING PAPER
– transparent white sheets/rolls of paper used for drafting and tracing
Tracing paper

MECHANICAL PENCIL
– ideal for pattern drafting sharp lines
Mechanical pencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERASER
– used to erase mistakes
Eraser

 

 

 

 

 

MEASUREMENT TAPE
– used to measure the body and curved draft lines
Tape measure

 

 

 

 

STRAIGHT LONG RULER
– used to draw long lines (39 1/2″/100 cm or longer)
Long ruler 60cm

 

 

 

TRANSPARENT 1/8″ GRID RULER
– used to draw short straight lines, measure shorter measurements, draw seam allowances
Graph ruler B

 

 

 

 

 

L-SHAPED RULER
– used to draw 90 degree right angles ONLY
L-shaped ruler

 

 

 

 

 

CURVED RULER
– used to draw curves
– and used for those curves that require one end more straighter and the other end more curved (ie. hip)
Vary form curve ruler (Fairgate)

 

SQUARE CURVE (transparent)
– used to draw curves
– and used to draw curved seam allowances (optional to grid ruler above)
Square curve ruler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACING WHEEL
– used to transfer lines from one side of paper to the folds below or other sheets of paper underneath
– used to transfer garment shape or draped fabric pen lines onto paper to make a paper draft
Tracing wheel

 

 

 

 

SCOTCH TAPE
– transparent adhesive tape (single side)
– used to keep paper folds in place
Scotch tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPASS
– used to draw the bust radius
Compass

 

 

 

 

 

COLOURED PENCILS
– used for corrections
Colour pencils

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER SCISSORS
– used for cutting paper and paper patterns ONLY
Paper scissors

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