There are a variety of tools available on the market to assist with transferring pattern markings onto fabric. The tools I use for achieving this purpose are dressmaking pins, dressmaking wheel, tailors chalk, dressmaking marker pencils, and an ink correction pen. Which ever tool you work with it is best to try them out on scrap fabric before using on the finished garment. My favourite tools are the dressmaking pins and an ink correction pen for quickness and precision. I find the chalk to be messy and can be rubbed off too quickly when handling the fabric. The dressmakers wheel creates tiny dots which are difficult to see. For more ideas on which tools to use for transferring pattern markings visit the CyberSeams website.
On each pattern piece there will be a variety of symbols which will help in making up the garment. On the instructions sheet that is provided in the pattern envelope there will be a General Directions section which explains what they mean. For more information on pattern symbols visit Diceyhomefree online.
On this bodice pattern piece I have circled the markings which will need transferring over to the fabric:-
- A – Notches
- B – Dots
- C – Darts
Notches are used for lining up pattern pieces when constructing the garment. These should be transferred over in the cutting stage, please visit my previous blog entry for more information on notches.
The picture above shows how the notches look when they have been transferred to the fabric.
Dots will be used to match up other pattern pieces. Stick a pin in the circle and draw around the area where the pin is sticking into the fabric.
The markings on this piece are showing where the sleeve will be placed.
The quickest way to transfer the dart pattern onto the fabric is to stick a dress making pin into each circle and push through all the fabric pieces. Remove the pattern piece carefully and push the pin heads through the pattern paper. Use a marking tool to draw a dot where the pins are, remember to do it on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric on all the pieces. Use a ruler to join the dots together. For a more traditional way on making darts the Tailor Tacks method on About.Com Sewing has a great article explaining how to do them.
This dart is on the sleeve of an arm.
Next week I will be starting my Skill Bites Section in this series, where I will share tips and links to videos on how to make sense of sewing terminology.