Today’s technique is all about the various pens and pencils available for marking darts, placement lines etc on fashion fabric.
I thought it would be a neat experiment to try out various marking tools I had available and their washability.
Here are the candidates:
1. Blue water soluble marker
2. 2B lead pencil
3. Clover “Chocoliner” in grey
4. Clover water soluble pencil in pink
5. Dressmaker’s pencil in pink
6. Tailor’s chalk – various colours
1. BurdaStyle tracing carbon
2. Vintage Simplicity tracing carbon
I took a scrap of quilting cotton and made 8 squares. I divided each in half and called one ‘pressed’ and one half ‘not pressed’. This is because often pressing marks can set them so they don’t come out in the wash. I made equal number of marks on each side and then put them through a cold water wash on a normal cycle. I didn’t use detergent because I’ve heard that some can prevent marks from coming out (although I don’t know if that’s true or not). I hung them to dry for 1 hour on the line out of the sun. Here’s the before and after shots
Blue water soluble marker – BEFORE
**pressing seemed to change the colour of the mark from blue to grey and faded it somewhat
Blue water soluble marker – AFTER
2B lead pencil – BEFORE
2B Lead Pencil – AFTER
**Unsurprisingly, washing didn’t remove the pencil and it looked the same
Clover “Chocoliner” in Grey – BEFORE
Clover “Chocoliner” in Grey – AFTER
**Marks still visible after washing, slightly more so on the pressed side
Clover Water Soluble Pencil in Pink – BEFORE
Clover Water Soluble Pencil in Pink – AFTER
**Marks were undetectible
Dressmaker’s Pencil in Pink – BEFORE
Dressmaker’s Pencil in Pink – AFTER
**Although they don’t show up on the photo, very faint marks were detectable on both the pressed and not pressed sides
Tailor’s Chalk – Various Colours
Tailor’s Chalk Various Colours – AFTER
**Marks still visible on the pressed side, but less so on the not pressed side. Interestingly, the yellow seems to be the strongest.
BurdaStyle Tracing Carbon – Various Colours – BEFORE
BurdaStyle Tracing Carbon Various Colours – AFTER
**Marks still clearly visible, more so on the pressed side
Vintage Simplicity Tracing Carbon – BEFORE
**Pressing significantly intensified the colour even before washing
Vintage Simplicity Tracing Carbon – AFTER
**Again, marks were still visible, but much stronger on the pressed side
So, what can we conclude?
1. Blue water soluble marker and the Clover water soluble pencils washed out the best
2. Chalk doesn’t fully wash out with water
3. Pressing intensifies and sets tracing carbon
Hope you enjoyed my little experiment!
Tell us what your favourite marking tool is!
Relax and Enjoy,