Today’s theme is all about ‘ handy sewing and pattern tools’ (or should I say gadgets? This is really something that you don’t need, but is super cool to use …).
I love being able to grab a handy tool from a drawer for certain sewing and pattern tasks, which makes the task simpler, easier or more beautiful. That is why I am highlighting this for you today: How to use a Tailor’s Notch.
Gadget for Pattern Making
The tool I am sharing with you here is called a ‘tailors notch’. You can use it for any pattern that you develop on paper. Although I mainly develop patterns using the couture technique moulage (where you create the pattern from draping fabric on a mannequin), I also regularly work these out in a paper version. I do this for two reasons:
- I want to save the pattern and it takes up less space in paper
- t is a basic pattern that I regularly need to work from (especially when developing Japanese patterns, these basic patterns save a lot of time).
Tailors notch: step-by-step
In the video below, I show you exactly how I use this tool:
Want to buy a nice “notch”? You can easily order them online. You can find them by searching in Google under “tailors notch” or “pattern notch”.
You can find more videos by Dutch Couture Academy on their YouTube channel.
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