Tools and Tips for Beginner Pattern Drafters

How’s it going friends?

Just call me Doja Scissorhands. Firstly, let’s address the fact that I own way too many pairs of scissors…

As part of my Pattern Drafting for Beginners Series, I’ll be covering the starting points every pattern drafter needs to know. In this video, I’ve collated all the basic starting tools that will be useful for a beginner. I’ve also added some tips, gained from my experience of pattern drafting, which I hope will help you too!

The next video in the series is a tutorial on how to draft a bodice sloper!

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Pattern Drafting for Beginners – Tools and Tips

Tools mentioned:

  • Paper
    • Normal paper
    • Tracing paper
  • Tape measures
  • Rulers
    • Quilters ruler
    • French curve
    • Curve ruler
    • Square ruler
  • Scissors
    • Dressmaking scissors
    • Scissors for paper
  • Other
    • Tracing wheel and carbon paper
    • Chalk
    • Pencils
    • Compass
    • Tape
    • Eraser
    • Cutting mat

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    • Mine did for a while until it went blunt! 🙁 I don’t know what happened. My logical response was to obviously buy new scissors instead of sharpen it 😛

  1. Hi Doja,
    Can you do a post on what the library of rulers are? I was at my local craft store a few weeks ago and there was a long display of them I wasn’t quite sure what to get so I didn’t buy anything.

    • Hi Marilyn! For pattern drafting, long rulers are very important, the one that I mainly use is 18″ long but I also have a 24″ ruler and a 1 metre ruler. What you want is a quilters ruler though, one that has square grids across it. Having a french curve would help too although if you can’t find one, you can print one out online (I know there are some templates around) and cut it out from card.

      I really hope you find what you’re looking for next time!

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