One reader recently saw this post and asked,
"I also have a Traum Dressmaker Guide tool but I don't know what to do with it. Can you enlighten Me? Is this only for people who make their own patterns? What can you do with all the notches, scallops and geometric shapes? Any information you might be able to give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. "
That's a good question! The thing that I find most interesting is that the designer of this nifty little object was Mary Brooks Picken. Mary who? In addition to writing several amazing pamphlets and books about everything sewing-related for The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, Mary also wrote the well-known Singer Sewing Book.
The Traum guide is a convenient invention designed to make a few things more simple, as were Mary's sewing instructions. It's not exactly just for pattern drafting, rather, it would be quite handy for someone looking to alter or add on to an existing pattern or project.
Or, take for example a modern Burda Fashion button front shirt pattern. When you trace a pattern off of the sheet, the top buttonhole is usally given for one size only, and then you're told to space your own buttonholes appropriately. This tool would make the measurements a lot easier.
The 6" guide originally came on a little card that detailed it's many uses:
It can be used to space and mark:
scallops, (nifty for adding scallops to the hem of tap pants, I might add)
buttons & buttonholes,
braids and other trimming details for your sewing project.
It will also give you a perfectly shaped pattern for:
and designs for embroidery.
And speaking of embroidery, braids and trims, I just signed up for a Craftsy class called Stupendous Stitching, which I'm hoping will teach me to actually use the many decorative stitches on my super fancy sewing machine. The class just happens to be on sale right now for $14.99 instead of the usual $29.99. Nice deal, huh?
|Photo from Stupendous Stitching on Craftsy.com|
Has anyone ever taken a Craftsy course before? What did you think?