Well selected sewing equipments are essential for making a garment of good appearance. These are usually available at each and every home, as these tools are helpful for women in Garment making. Tools for clothing construction can be classified as
1. Measuring tool
2. Drafting tool
3. Marking tool
4. Cutting tool
5. Stitching tool
6. Pressing tool
These tools are helpful to fix the pattern, draw, draft and cut the pattern as well as fabric. The following tools will be of use. Some of the drafting tools are
1. Wooden Table
2. Brown sheet
3. Dress Model
4. Bell pin
5. Pin Cushions.
This should be of convenient height and size for drafting and cutting fabric. 3 feet width and 5 feet length is a desirable size of the table and the height can be about 2.5 feet.
It is better to draft paper pattern on a Brown sheet with correct body measurement than drafting and cutting directly on the fabric. The pattern is pinned over the fabric, marked and then stitched after cutting, which will prevent wastage of fabric. Hence for drafting such pattern brown sheet is necessary.
The measurement of the Model Dress must be same as the measurement of the wearer for whom the dress should be made. Instead of taking measurement from the model or person, the dress which suits well and fits correctly can be used as a aid for measurements.
Use of pins for basting and fixing of pattern pieces to the fabric makes work easier, quicker and more accurate. Select sharp thin medium lengthy pins that will not leave pin marks, on all types of fabrics. For silk, satin and other flimsy, slippery fabrics patterns must be pinned to the fabric before cutting.