Are the Professional Tools Always Better?: Principles

Happy Early 4th of July!

I'll get to the teachin' in a minute...

My 4th of July is going to be spent waiting tables and taking drink orders!

But you know what? I'm thankful that at least I have a job right? It could be much worse 🙁

I've never been much of a holiday/celebrate type of person. Probably because I just never had the funds. But I would like to celebrate in the future...

Maybe Barbeque some ribs, chicken.... and hot dogs (my favorite, especially when they're burnt)!!

MMMmmmmm....(feeling like homer simpson now...)

Ok, ok...

Today is thursday right? Fashion Design Principles day!

Today we'll briefly discuss the tools you use to get the job done.

Let's start with a comment from my youtube channel from a nice lady in the UK named Angela Findlay.

Angela commented:

Hi if you get the big french curve with inches on it i think you will see its a better curve to use...
I replied:

yeah I think I have the one you're mentioning in the video but I'm not using it for the demonstration because it's too big and it's too heavy for trying to hold it vertically without making too much noise and dropping it.


It seemed as if the tool that looked more professional and might've possibly worked better for drawing curves was the one that she suggested I use.

That brought to mind a slightly different, but definitely important question:

Are the professional tools always better?

There are definitely times when you need the right rulers and the right paper but I've learned from my years of pattern making and sewing, out of all the tools I could use, there are a few tools that I use over and over again just because they get the job done.

Here's a brief list:

-Mechanical pencil
-square ruler
-french curve
-c-thru ruler
-measuring tape
And there's a few other things that I could come up with if I thought about it long enough but that's basically it.

Your results have more to do with you using your knowledge, skills, and tools effectively to create a great finished product, rather than the professional end product being solely the result of great tools.

You really can get professional looking patterns made with less than professional tools.

Like for instance, on that list, I use cheap mechanical pencils, pins, and measuring tape.

You should be able to get a square ruler for cheap too at a place that sells office supplies.

The french curve depending on the brand may cost you a little more (like $10+) but it shouldn't be too expensive.

The C-thru ruler I think is also a $10 purchase (I don't remember), but you should be able to find that at an office supply store or a place that has a sewing section with quilting supplies for much less than 10.

The awl is essentially a repurposed ice pick, so you can probably find an ice pick at a walmart, but you may only be able to find an awl at sewing places (which walmart might have that too because of the sewing section in some of them).

The notchers are a special item, while not greatly expensive, you can't get those just anywhere. It's basically a hole puncher that create 1/4" by 1/16" cuts in the edge of your pattern for notches.

And even though over all erasers are cheap, spend a dollar or 2 more and get the good erasers that don't smudge and erase cleanly.

But you should be able to get a small collection of good pattern making supplies for around $50 or so.

And if you need it, here's a place online that sells pattern making supplies (all ready bundled and they also have dressforms!) and I'm giving you the link that takes you directly to the bundle with the best stuff in it that you'll need for patternmaking:

That's it for today!

So what are you doing for your 4th of July? Are there any Fashion Design projects you're working on?

Catch ya later!

Chris White