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Butterick Publishing Company / The new dressmaker; with complete and fully illustrated instructions on every point connected with sewing, dressmaking and tailoring, from the actual stitches to the cutting, making, altering, mending, and cleaning of clothes for ladies, misses, girls, children, infants, men and boys
([1921])

Chapter 10: Dresses for ladies, misses, girls and children,   pp. 51-52 PDF (586.9 KB)


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CHAPTER 10 
      DRESSES FOR LADIES, MISSES, GIRLS AND CHILDREN 
Dress Pattern-Material-Making a Dress-Joining a Waist and Skirt to Make a
One-Piece 
      Dress-An Unlined Dress-Sailor and Naval Suits--First Short Dresses--Dresses
              Made With Cdosing Under a Plait-Dresses Made With Yokes 
HE DRESS PATTERN. Always buy the dress pattern for ladies according to the
     measures given on the pattern envelope. Directions for taking bust,
waist and hip 
     measures are given in Chapter 2, pages 10 and 11. Sometimes only the
bust measum is 
given on the pattern, which means that that is the only measure necessary
to consider in 
buying the pattern, and that the style is such that there is sufficient ease
or fulness to 
permit of any reasonable alteration at the waist and hip. If, however, the
bust, waist 
and hip measures are given on the envelope, all three must be considered
in buying the 
pattern. Be careful not to buy one that is too small at any of those places.
  For an extreme figure it is best to buy waist and skirt patterns separately
instead of 
buying a complete dress pattern. Buy the waist by the bust measure and the
skirt by 
the hip measure. (See Chapter 2.) In this way it is possible to get a pattern
to meet 
the measures of the figure. 
  Dress patterns for misses should be bought by the age unless the girl is
large or small 
for her age, in which case the pattern should be bought by the bust measure.
  MATERIALS. For directions on the use of material, sponging and cutting
read Chapter 6. 
  MAKING A DRESS. For either a one-piece dress or for a dress with a waist
and 
skirt joined together, the same general rules apply to the making and finishing
that are 
given in Chapters 7 and 8 on Waists, and Chapter 9 on Skirts. 
  The instructions in these chapters cover the making and finishing of every
part of the 
dress except where a waist, blouse or shirt-waist is joined to the skirt
at the waistline. 
  JOINING A WAIST AND SKIRT TO MAKE A ONE-PIECE DRESS. When a waist 
and skirt are to be put together, they are made separately and completely
finished 
before they are joined. The inside belt of the waist, if there is one, however,
should 
only be basted to the waist, and the inside belt of the skirt should be basted
to the skirt but 
not sewed fast. When the waist and skirt are finished, put them on with the
skirt over 
the waist and pin them together. Take them off and baste them together at
the waist- 
line. Try them on again to be sure that the waistline is in just the right
place. If there 
was a belt-stay in the waist, take it out and fell the skirt belt to the
waist or blouse. 
  AN UNLINED DRESS should be worn over a slip. 
                 DRESSES FOR GIRLS AND CHILDREN 
  THE PATTERN. Instructions for buying a pattern for girls and children are
given 
in Chapter 2, page 12. The same general rules for making and finishing that
are given 
in the chapters on waists and skirts for ladies (Chapters 7, 8 and 9) apply
to making 
children's garments, though of course girls' and children's dresses represent
a very simple 
type, and the work is kept as simple as possible. 
  SAILOR AND NAVAL SUITS. The making of these dresses is handled in Chapter
11, page 53. 
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