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Patternmaking Supplies for Beginners

Ready, steady, go! One of my friends likes to use this phrase when we’re tackling projects. Today we’re going to focus on the “ready” stage by gathering the supplies we needĀ for our first patternmaking project.

In Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, Cal Patch lists several tools that can be useful in patternmaking, but she also pares the list down to the bare essentials. To simplify our first project, we’re going to stick to some basic items.

Patternmaking Supplies

Patternmaking Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Large sheets of paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Clear tape (to tape the sheets together, if necessary)
  • Scissors (not your fabric scissors)
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler (clear flexible sewing ruler preferred)
  • Hip curve
  • Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch (or a basic patternmaking instructional book of your choice)

Because I’m a beginner in patternmaking and sewing, the thought of purchasing the sewing ruler and hip curve intimidated me. Thankfully, Cal provided pictures and detailed descriptions of these tools, and I found them easily at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Search your house and head out to the stores to gather your supplies. Pretty soon you’ll be taking control over the creative design of your wardrobe!