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Hicks, Ada / Garment construction in schools
(1913)

Extract from report and recommendations of the sub-committee of the London Education Committee (1911),   p. xiv PDF (249.9 KB)


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GARMENT CONSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS 
    "All fixing should be done by the actual maker of each garment,
which 
should be the work of a single child, and not a joint production." 
    "The use of the sewing-machine for long seams and hems prevents
much 
needless repetition in the work of older girls, and gives time for more useful
work in the shape of additional garments." 
EXTRACT FROM REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 
    SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LONDON EDUCATION COMMITTEE 
    (I9"I). 
      In our opinion, the aim of the needlework teaching . . . should be
to 
fit the girls for the ordinary duties of a housewife. The object of the mother
* . . is to turn out as quickly as possible, garments of the maximum amount
of wear. 
    "For this purpose she needs strong sewing but not fine sewing. 
          The girls should accordingly leave school thoroughly handy, not
merely with their needles, but also with their scissors, and they should
be 
able and accustomed to make simple articles for their own use. ... 
    "The idea is, therefore, that the child should, during her school
career, 
have cut out, fixed, and made suitable for her own use as many garments as
possible, so far as is consistent . . . 
    "That at least two finished articles or garments shall be made by
each 
girl in the course of the year .... 
    "That the use of specimen pieces shall be discontinued as far as
possible . 
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