Suggestions for one year of general work for all students. Handwork and connected thought.

I. SEWING. If the elementary school has not given sufficient experience in the stitches required for garment making, these must be learned as needed in the high school. The practice on this necessary sewing must not be continuous however, as sitting long at a time in one position is not a good thing for girls of this age. The sewing should be carefully alternated with measuring, cutting, machine work or fitting, and the work should be done on real articles and not on models. The standard of work should be good for the purpose but need not be mechanically perfect.

(I) Stitches usually needed: running, gathering and stroking, stitching or some other strong stitch, hemming, overcasting, overhanding, slip-stitching and buttonholes.

(II) Seams and applications usually needed: French and fell seam, plackets for skirts, drawers and sleeves, and putting on a band.

(III) Decorative stitches: featherstitch, herringbone, hemstitch, cross-stitch and satin-stitch.

(IV) Articles on which to learn to sew: needlebook, pincushion, bag for work, napkin or towel, and simple underwaist without seams. Where the elementary school has given sufficient practice, these articles need not be made.

II. MACHINE WORK. The use, care and running:

(I.) Articles on which to learn: apron, cooking cap, shoe bag, short kimono, baby slip and pillow case. Usually a couple of these articles are sufficient before beginning the garment making.

111. GARMENT MAKING. Machine and hand sewing: (I) Articles for practice:

Underclothing: drawers, chemise, nightgowns, flannel petticoat or short muslin underskirt.

Outer clothing: jumper of cotton material, shirt waist with collar or stock, dress skirt of gingham or cotton duck.

(II) Patterns used, changed to fit and adapted, drafting only as a means of explaining the construction and use of pattern.

IV. DECORATION. Simple and attractive, designed by the students and applied to under and outer clothing.

V. MILLINERY. Making bows and trimming, renovating materials, trimming a bought felt hat, making a wire frame and using it for a lingerie hat or lining and trimming a bought straw hat. This work can be given in the fall in order to make a winter hat, and in the spring for a summer hat.

VI. ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS. Darning, patching and making over old garments and repairing table linen and bed linen, shortening and lengthening skirts, and other practical home mending can well take the place of some of the garments of this course, especially in localities where the homes need such practical work.

VII. CONNECTED THOUGHT. Planning of each garment, style, material, amount to purchase, decoration ad cost. How to change and make patterns. Taking out stains and renovating materials. Planning economical wardrobes, underclothing, gowns and hats. The laundry as a factor in expense of clothing - tearing, fading and shrinking. The number of garments needed and the cost as related to income. Materials, their uses, values and cost. Health and the relation of clothing and material to it. The care of clothing - brushes, hangers, drawers and closets. Working girls in garment factories and their lives, work and wages. Bargain sales. Practical problems in arithmetic connected with the purchase and making of garments, the changing of patterns and division of income; making out of bills and percentage in wholesale and retail buying, and in the relation between wages in different trades for women.