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Hicks, Ada / Garment construction in schools
(1913)

Part III: Cutting-out: suitable points for class demonstration and discussion,   pp. [145]-162 PDF (4.6 MB)


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PART III. 
                           CUTTING-OUT. 
                 "And first with nicest skill and art, 
                 Perfect and finished in every part, 
                 A little model the Master wrought, 
                 That with a hand more swift and sure 
                 The greater labour might be brought 
                 To answer to his inward thought."--LoNGFELLOW. 
        SUITABLE POINTS FOR CLASS DEMONSTRATION 
                          AND   DISCUSSION. 
                              CHAPTER I. 
CONSIDERATION OF THE SOURCE FROM WHICH TO OBTAIN PATTERNS. 
    (a) Cutting from another Garment. This is often the method with which
the children are most familiar at home, especially in the case of underclothing.
In the hands of an experienced worker, it is too a very good plan, and, where
the pattern is an old garment which can be undone and laid flat, a safe one.
    There are pitfalls for child-workers, however. Through repeated washing
and long wear such garments are often drawn out of shape, and allowance 
must be made for this. 
    When cutting children's clothing, too, it is often necessary to make
some 
change in shape or size-not a matter for a child unaided. In any case, patterns
cut in this way should always be tested before cutting in material. 
    It is advisable to unpick one-half only, too, when taking the pattern
from 
a discarded garment, not only because that is sufficient for the purpose,
but 
because the other side will then be left for reference when making up. 
    G.C.                            K 


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