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The Complete list of Pattern Making Tools

This is a complete list of all the items you will need for the Online Course, “Making a Moulage with the GRD Method.” Since these are my top items for all pattern making projects, I thought anyone may want to reference this as a complete list of tools you should have.

This list comprises of paid affiliate links. You can click on the purple links below to see the items directly on Amazon. However, I do suggest to always support your local fabric store by purchasing items there.

Pattern Making Tools List   (the lists comprise of paid links)

Clear grid ruler – grid ruler 18” by 2” or in cm if you work in Metric units.

24” hip curve  – You can also use other curved rulers, but this is my favorite.

French curve – You can also use other curved rulers, but this is my favorite for necklines and armholes.

L square 24” by 14” (Imperial)  *Note* The measurements for the Moulage project actually don’t matter, because we will not be using them for this project. You can buy an L-square from your local hardware store or fabric store.

Tape measure – Use either inches (Imperial) or centimeters (Metric)

Fabric/Pattern Weights – Any weights will work. You can also use small heavier items around your house if you don’t have weights. Some people use heavy “O” rings from the hardware store or Fishing weights.

Pointed tracing wheel – This is really helpful for darts and you will use it throughout your pattern making journey. It has sharp, pointed tips.

Tracing Carbon/Transfer paper kit (includes tracing wheel) and blunted Tracing wheel – you will use this throughout your pattern making journey and it will help you duplicate pattern pieces to fabric.

You’ll also need your standard tools like fabric scissors or rotary cutter, pins, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, paper scissors and a black marker.

Supplies

Small white multi-purpose labels (This is required for the GRD method and used for measuring your body. It will greatly improve accuracy)

Thin ribbon – 3 metres/ 3 yards (to connect to your tape measure for measuring your body)

3/8” inch Elastic – 6 metres/ 6 yards elastic (used for measuring your body and will greatly improve accuracy)

2 Yards 45″ or 1 yard 60″ Muslin fabric – I highly suggest medium weight. If you go with a light weight muslin, you won’t be able to see the fitting issues as easily.

Jacket zipper -28″ Separating – The color doesn’t matter, but white will likely show less than black in combination with the muslin fabric.

Matte finish magic tape – scotch tape (This is great so your pencil will write on it. Shiny tape doesn’t allow pencil writing.)

Pattern Making Paper (I prefer the heavier craft paper such as this. This is totally up to you what weight you want to work with. However, many people like the thinner paper for tracing through, like this Bienfang paper)

Oaktag for your sloper (also called manila board or Oak board. You can also just use two sheets of poster board)

The last random item you’ll need is a chain necklace. You can use any necklace you already have.

 

Here’s a great sewing pattern tool kit that has the rulers, curves, awl, sharp tracing wheel, notcher, tape measure, Pattern hangers and several additional items. Just in case you want this set, it’s a great kit for pattern tools. It doesn’t include everything you’ll need like the supplies. Please review the comprehensive list above for all items.

 

Optional supplies

Notcher  (You can also just use scissors)

Awl    (You can also just use the point of a scissors)

Mini level / spirit level  (to make sure your elastic/rulers are parallel to the floor when measuring yourself)

Pattern hooks (I also use S-hooks which can be found at Ikea, in case that’s easier or you can also just use a standard hanger)

“Rabbit” pattern hole puncher (This is only if you’re super serious about pattern making! You can also use scissors, an exacto knife to cut a hanger hole, or this basic puncher option)

 

Optional for adjusting your Mannequin to your Moulage

When you put your muslin moulage on your mannequin, you’ll notice areas that need a little filling. If this is the case, you’ll want to have some items like this around to fill in the areas that are loose. This is only if you plan on keeping your Moulage on your mannequin permanently to have a custom form for yourself.

Stuffing and batting (different thinner foams can also work)

Flat head pins (for adding padding to mannequin to hold the batting/foam down)

You may want some layers of shoulder pads or bra cups, depending on how your Moulage fits over your mannequin.

 

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