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Tracing and Marking Techniques of Garments

Tracing and Marking Techniques of Garments

Nigar Sultana
Assistant professor, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com



Markings are the construction symbols transferred from the pattern to the garment section after cutting. It mainly used in marking making time. Transfer markings may be made on the face, inside or through garment section.


Tracing is a technique of art, copying an object or drawing, especially with the use of translucent tracing paper. Tracing is a way of transferring design on the garment section.

Markings and tracings indicate the position of point of construction, design detail, grain lines and center lines. Pattern markings on fabric are guides for various means of fitting and sewing.

Tracing and marking on garments
Tracing and marking on garments

The method of tracings and transfer markings selection depends on:

  • Type and weight of fabric
  • Color of fabric
  • Placement of marking
  • Methods of construction
  • Methods of fitting
  • Methods of production

Tracing and Marking Techniques of Garments:

There are six tracing and marking techniques are available for garments. These are

  1. Chalked markings
  2. Chalked thread
  3. Color coding
  4. Pin markings
  5. Tailors tacks
  6. Thread tracing

1. Chalked markings:

This process is marking one or two fabric plies on the seam, style or detail lines with the use of tailors wax or chalk or a marking pencil over pin or pins positioned in the fabric. Marking is also made by tracing wheel and carbon paper.

Chalk marking
Chalked marking

2. Chalked thread:

Sewing thread impregnated with powdered chalk. To mark tightly woven goods and silk fabrics where other methods of tracing would damage the fabric.

Chalked thread
Chalked thread

3. Color coding:

To use of three different color threads to indicate thread tracing, basting, correcting lines after fitting the garments.

Color coding
Color coding

4. Pin markings:

A pin marking is a line of pins indicting a construction or grain line on a garments section.

Pin markings
Pin markings

5. Tailors tacks:

Tailors tacks is a temporary small stitches of double thread, with loose un-knotted ends. This marking must be seen on both side of the fabric.

Tailor tuck
Tailor tacks

6. Thread tracing:

Thread tracing is a temporary line of alternating long and short hand stitches through a single layer of fabric. It is mainly used center front and center back folds of a garment and also uses to mark seams. darts, basting, sewing, fitting and other construction line.

Thread tacking
Thread tacking



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