Pattern drafting tools and dressmakers rulers are essential for making patterns. I rely on a grid ruler and hip curve, but there are others that are just as important. Precise measuring is critical, so don't skimp on measuring tools!!
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Before you draft anything, you need an accurate set of body measurements.
A tape measure is, of course, essential to taking body measurements, whether they are your own or someone else's.
I couldn't make a pattern without an 18 or 24 inch clear grid ruler (often sold
The 1/8” grid squares are useful for measuring precisely and can help you line up perpendicular or bias lines. INVALUABLE!
A hip curve will help you make smooth curves at the hip, neckline, and armholes, and you can measure curves, too.
A really basic hip curve really only works for the hip or very gentle curves. I prefer one with a tighter curve at one end for armholes, necklines, and other smaller curves. The ruler can be plastic or metal; I like this one from Fairgate.
For a real bargain (less than $35), you can purchase a set of assorted measuring tools and curves from PGM.
This set has 2 grid rulers, 2 hip curves, and a smaller, "comma-shaped" curve that's perfect for armholes.
I LOVE the little comma-shaped curve!
The "nice to have" tools:
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