Basic Tools and Supplies
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From: Rubber The Right Way - A Condensed Primer on Making Your Own Latex Clothing
- SHARP full-size tailoring shears for piece cutting. Buy quality scissors!
- Hand 'wheel cutters' are unsuitable. They compress and bunch up the latex.
- Quality electric wheel cutters and electric scissors work, but you must be used to them.
- SHARP small trimming scissors for small holes, slitting buttons, etc.
- Measuring tape (at least 60" - 1.5 m).
- Ruler (at least 12" - 30 cm with an edge that resists bleed under by markers).
- 2" (5 cm) wide brayer or wooden dowel.
- 4 oz - 8 oz wide mouthed glass bottle with sealable lid (large baby food jars work well) for storing thinned solvent based adhesive.
- Fan (for ventilation and drying latex seams).
- Several sewing sites provide inexpensive ways to make personal Dress Forms. Dress forms provide a good basis for fitting, with the understanding that finished forms are slightly (1/2" to 3/4" or 2.5 to 3.8 cm) larger than your own measurements. The technique focuses on dresses, but can be adapted for other garments as well.
- Solvent based adhesive.
- Rubber cement thinner (or heptane, or Coleman naptha based camp fuel).
- Rubbing alcohol (cleans off many markers).
- Plain yellow dish soap (no hand conditioners and not anti-bacterial) or Johnson's Baby Shampoo (to remove talc, sewing lubricant, etc.).
- 'Acid brushes' or other stiff, disposable 1/2" (1.3 cm) brush (small bottles of 'rubber cement' often contain these).
- Soft, lint free rags (tee-shirt material, cotton sheeting).
- 1/2" (1.3 cm) low-tack masking tape.
- Metallic 'paint' type fine tip (1/16" - 0.2 cm) markers. Black markers are a substitute for most colors except black, semi-transparent, and very pale colors. Test markers first on scrap latex for bleed through and removability.
Optional Supplies For Reinforcing Seams
- 2" (5 cm) or wider low-tack masking tape
Optional Supplies For Garment Closures
- Liquid latex or water base latex adhesive.
- Nylon interfacing (white, red, and black).
Optional Patterning Education and References
- Pattern fitting course (takes a standard home use pattern and teaches you how to fit it to your own measurements).
- Pattern drafting courses (teaches you how to create your own patterns. Usually each course focuses on a specific type of garment).
- Tailoring and Pattern Drafting books.