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Ben Yƻsuf, Anna / The art of millinery: a complete series of practical lessons for the artiste and the amateur

Lesson VII: Children's millinery,   pp. 96-113 PDF (2.7 MB)

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              LESSON VII 
HILDREN'S millinery, like mourning, is con- 
     sidered so much a special branch, that few mil- 
     liners comparatively care to, or can, handle it 
satisfactorily; yet as no one knows when they may be 
called upon to execute a special order, it is essential 
that they know how to do it. 
  In general millinery, although no stitches may be 
visible, as a rule, little fine work is necessary; in chil- 
dren's work it is just the opposite, all must be done in 
fine sewing, much of which is visible and forms in fact 
the key to the design. A good children's milliner sel- 
dom is as good at other classes of work, except shirred 
hats, or "lingerie" effects, just that smaller class that 
require fine visible work, while a good general milliner 
will make her children's designs too old, or depending 
more on the trimming for effect than on the work. 
                Taking the Measures 
   Of course fashions change for children as for adults, 
but not to the same extent; it is at most a change in 
detail, rather than in construction. A child's hat or 
bonnet must fit well on the head, and if measures can- 
not be taken from real heads (for these vary very 
much indeed) use a wax head, and see to it that the 
head sizes are deep and wide enough to fit well. By 
studying the six diagrams, a correct idea of the meth- 
ods of measurement will be obtained. Take diagram i. 
Pin a tape around the face a to b; another from c to c 
around back. Measure back over the head front a to 
middle of line c-c; call this point d: measure from the 
tape a-b in front of the ears round back of head e to e. 
note the measure front c to c, round back of head, and 
from c to c around the face, which cuts out several 
inches under the chin. 

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