Tools and Equipment

This is a list of tools and equipment you will need to have access to to ensure you are able to make the most of the course. It is not compulsory to have everything listed but it will help you to make the most of the course you are about to embark upon. 

Tools and Equipment

Sewing machine and overlocker – an ovelocker really will make a difference to the finish of your garments.

Basic sewing kit including: shears, small scissors, pins, tapemeasure, unpicker. You probably have all of this anyway.

Dressmakers dummy – You may or may not have on of these. They can be incredibly useful, I use one all the time just to check the look and drape of a garment. But you may want to have a look at the article in The Hub about Dress Forms if you are looking to purchase one. 

Sketch book – I prefer an A3 as it’s just that little bit bigger, but nothing smaller than A4 is a bit more useful. 

A selection of pens and pencils – again you probably have all of these anyway, but I will suggest a few things here and there that you may want to add to your creative tool box. 

Access to a printer – this is really important as you will need to be able to print off any inspiration you’ve found online. You may also find it more helpful to print off any handouts or instructions for the blocks etc. when we come to them.

A large piece of foam board or card  – this is for your moodboard so it can be any size really but anything larger than A3 is going to be more helpful. You can always stick bits together to give you a bigger working surface area. 

Ziplock bag or pouch – you will need somewhere to hold cut out images and fabric swatches to keep them safe while working through the course. 

Paper scissors – if you’re a serious dressmaker you will almost certainly have a separate pair of scissors only for paper. 

Glue stick or tape – I find glue much easier to use in pattern cutting than tape for finished patterns but if you are just working through e processes then low tack tape like masking tape is really handy. 

2H or 4H pencils – these really do make your pattern cutting much more accurate. the harder lead in the pencil will not blut so quickly and give you nice sharp clear lines.  

A clean rubber or eraser – we all make mistakes but a good quality erasure means we can make good our errors.

Large set square or Patternmaster – I love my patternmaster and I’ve had it since I was a student. But I know people who prefer to use a large square instead, so whichever works for you. You will need a ruler that gives you right angles and 45 degree lines in metric increments. Both Patternmasters and set squares are available at Morplan HERE.