Whether you are sewing a basic or a custom-tailored gown, there are certain proper tools in dressmaking that will be required to accomplish the task. In this lesson are very essential tools needed before you can start sewing. Each tool is marked with an identity symbol and its usage is outlined. Basic dressmaking tools are divided into the following categories:
A. Measuring Tools:
Tailor's square - A 14x24 inch metal ruler with two arms that form 90 degree angle and a scale on back and side. It simultaneously measures, rules and squares. To find 45 degree angle, mark outside and inside corners then extend lines through corners.
Vary form curve - For blending and shaping armholes and necklines.
Foot rule - A wood or metal 12 inch straight ruler use to mark straight lines.
Tape measure - A 60 or 72 inch metal-tipped,linen, or plastic. For measuring form or figure.
French curve - Is one of several curves used for shaping armholes and necklines.
Tailor's chalk - Black,white and yellow, used for marking fabric (available in wax and clay).
Marking pens - for marking paper pattern.
Pencils - number 2hb if possible, for marking in pattern making.
C. Cutting Tools:
Paper shears - used for cutting paper or pattern paper.
Seam ripper - used to rip or open seams.
Fabric shears - used to cut fabrics only not to messed up the shears.
Finishing shears - used to clean threads on a finish garment safely.
Razor blade - used for opening seams or cutting.
Pinkin shears - can be used to fabric as an edger if zigzager machine is not available.
D. Sewing, Stitching and Tools:
Colored threads - threads come in various colors. Make sure that you have the correct thread color for the dress you are going to sew.
Machine needles - these come in different sizes depending on what fabric you will be using. They should be compatible with your sewing machine.
Hand needles -
Safety pins -
Pin cushion -
E. Miscellaneous and Fixtures:
Manequins - represent a human body where you can showcase your finished product.
Cutting Table - A long table where you can confortably perform pattern drawing and cutting.
Lamp - A suitable light source while you do dressmaking.
Iron Board -
The tools represented on these pages are essential for simplifying the steps in dressmaking and will result to professional product.