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Hill, Clare, fl. 1900 / Millinery: theoretical and practical
(1909)

Straw shapes,   pp. 15-18 PDF (896.9 KB)


Page 15

 
CHOICE OF WIRE 
             STRAW SHAPES 
  Wiring Straw Shapes.-It is always neces- 
sary to remove the wire found on a ready-made 
straw shape, for the simple reasons that the 
filaments covering it are loosely woven, it is 
generally placed too near the edge of brim, it is 
too lightly attached to the straw shape to either 
ornament or serve any useful purpose, and also 
because of the utter impossibility of making 
velvet fold or fancy lining look well when sewn 
over it. As, however, the shape would soon lose 
its proper form denuded of its wire, another must 
be sewn on about I in. from the extreme edge. 
  Choice of Wire.-When it is intended to 
adorn the brim with fold or fancy lining, a fine 
wire is the proper kind to use; if to be uncovered, 
a satin wire for preference. The buttonhole- 
stitch should be used for sewing fine wire in 
place, but the satin wire must be secured by 
taking a long stitch between the straw shape 
and the under side of wire, and a small stitch 
through the straw and the silken filaments of 
wire, alternately. Great care is necessary during 
this operation to prevent the filaments separat- 
ing, and so spoiling the finished appearance. 
  Fullings.--Seeing that the style, general make, 
and method of arranging fullings on hat edges, 
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