Tools of the Trade

Instead of queer sex, this is where my head has been for the past 6 months or so. Can’t say I’m complaining, I love this stuff. Had a photo shoot a couple of months ago, I’ll be showing off my pretties very soon. Pretty clothes for every. body.

We’ll start with the sharp things.

  • scissors. lots of scissors.
    • embroidery snips
    • thread scissors
    • paper scissors
    • dressmaking shears
    • lightweight dressmaking shears
    • can’t-find-my-good-scissors-scissors
  • seam rippers (plural.)
  • pins
    • t-pins
    • large pins
    • fine pins
    • safety pins
    • millinery pins for pinning tulle
    • hair pins (for my sexy seamstress bun)
  • needles
    • sewing machine needles
    • hand sewing needles
    • darning needles (not really sharp)
    • embroidery needles (sharper than darning needles, still not sharp)
    • knitting needles
  • dressmaker’s awl

Now, on to precision and measurements.

  • cutting mat
  • clear ruler
  • measuring tape (the flexible kind)
  • seam gauge
  • tailor’s chalk
  • writing utensils
  • pattern drafting paper
  • french curve

Things that make other things stick together

  • sewing machine
  • sewing thread
    • upholstery thread
    • heavy duty thread
    • denim thread
    • all-purpose thread
    • metallic thread
    • overlock thread
    • button thread
    • quilting thread
  • bobbins
  • hook-and-eye fasteners
  • zippers
  • buttons
  • yarn (for the knitting parts)
  • fusible web
  • fusible tape
  • fusible interfacing
  • iron (also useful for other things)
  • grommets
  • grommet setter
  • snaps
  • snap setter (or hammer)
  • rubber mallet
  • spray adhesive
  • craft glue
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • E6000
  • Velcro ™

Ironing (who knew so many things were needed for ironing?)

  • steam iron
  • ironing board
  • sleeve roll
  • tailor’s ham (vegan)
  • point turner (or sharp chop stick or knitting needle)
  • pressing cloth
  • attention span

Miscellaneous

  • tube turner
  • elastic (various widths)
  • elastic thread
  • bias tape
  • button-holer
  • various presser feet (foots?)
  • daring
  • adventurous spirit
  • willingness to make mistakes

Pretties

  • lace
  • ribbons
  • silk flowers
  • ruffles

Fabric

  • muslin
  • pretty quilting prints
  • silk
  • bamboo knits
  • 100% cotton solids
  • jersey
  • flannel
  • specialty net for petticoats/crinolines
  • cotton organdy (see above)
  • suiting
  • cotton crinkle gauze
  • chiffon
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