Re: [SCA-JML] Digest Number 1547 - Garment Construction
> Message: 6
> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 15:15:37 -0000
> From: "makiwara_no_yetsuko"
> Subject: In praise of useful tools, was Straight lines
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rae Lahman wrote:
> > Ah...I have one of those cutting boards. It makes my bed a
> wonderful cutting table! I suppose I could use the little squareish
> dots for what they're on there for....:)
> That grid isn't purely decorative, y'know! You can even stick pins in
> the fabric to tack it to the cardboard and go to town with a rotary
> cutter. OK, $30 seems like a lot for a hunk of cardboard, but it's a
> USEFUL piece of cardboard.
One trick that I have found extraordinary useful in making kosode, hakama, etc. is to use carpenters tools - specifically, a rafter square and a chalk line. It is far easier to create a long straight line by snapping a chalk line than it is with a yardstick and tailor's chalk. Yes, the chalk line makes a mess, but I lay out pattern pieces in the garage anyway. The rafter square, with it's longer legs/arms/whatever they are called, makes it easier to ensure that a right angle STAYS a right angle throughout the length of the edge. These two tools really speed up garment construction.
I wish I could say I thought of it myself, but the idea came from *gasp* a round eyed friend. :-) He had used the same technique in laying out the pieces for a pavillion and saw no reason why it would not work for Japanese garb.
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- elsyr@... wrote:
> One trick that I have found extraordinary useful in making kosode, hakama,I do that, too. Well, not the chalk line, but the T-square and so on. It makes
> etc. is to use carpenters tools - specifically, a rafter square and a chalk
life much easier.
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