Tailors' chalk is used to make temporary marks on cloth. Use a chalk that will contrast with the color fabric you plan to mark. White works well on most colors. In the French encyclopedia by Denis Diderot Plates vol. 9 translated as "Tailor of Suits and Tailor of Bodices" published in 1771 the translation includes "Piece of chalk for drawing on the fabrics." Please see Tailleur d'habits et tailleur de corps.
For those new to sewing, marking straight seams with chalk makes it easier to sew in a straight line. Chalk works well for marking and laying out buttons and buttonhole spacing. Usually, seasoned tailors use chalk for marking a garment on a person to be sure the fit is perfect for that individual.
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 19 November, 2011.