Age: 10-11 Years
One yard of 36-inch wide cream flannel, IS. 6d. per yard, will give four infants' first flannel jackets. Needles, No. 5 "Scientific" sharps. Thread, No. 30 cotton embroidery, mending yarn or silk twist. Cost 5 1/2d. to 6 1/2d.
We now approach the period when the eye attains normal vision, and to avoid weariness and strain suggest short seams.
Variety of colour and texture should be introduced, because that increases the interest, be it joy or wonder or curiosity, and prevents the lethargy of the eye induced by monotony.
The construction and stitchery, hitherto direct - without any complication, - begin now to be a little more complicated.
For this reason the teacher should demonstrate clearly the possibilities of the yard, divided into halves and quarters. After some practice in paper, the paper pattern must be pinned firmly on the flannel.
The neck is cut out first, then the sleeve, according to the system of proportion followed from the kindergarten.
The side is sloped straight down the outer edge, and from the top of the portion cut away a triangular piece of the flannel is cut and herring-boned in on each side.
This deepens the shoulders and gives to the worker the opportunity of discovering the advantage of a curve and incidentally the value of a gusset. (The child does not advance with regular steps. We know from experimental work that the work goes on gradually, and the whole advance is made so that those who look on for a little only might declare the efforts of no value.)
The seams are joined by " Run and Herring-boning," i.e. three running (fine tacking) stitches, then a back stitch (Diag. 28), repeated duly till the end, when two or three tacking stitches finish the running part.
Afterwards, both raw edges are flattened out and herring-boned down as in Diag. 28a, a method of joining flannel always used for babies' clothes because of its smooth, flat quality.
Diag. 29 shows a second method of joining flannel, by far and away the strongest method of.all.
One raw edge is placed (according to the texture) from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch away from the other edge ; these are first run, and then the deeper edge is folded over (Diag. 29A) and herring-boned.
Diag. 30 shows the least commendable method for seaming flannel, and is suited only for two selvedges or very thick felted flannel.
The squaring of the corners, and the single darning round the neck
Diag. 31 A.
of the jacket (Diag. 31) where the nap or ply will most likely wear off, show how well the constructive and decorative become one.
Diag. 31A shows the yard of flannel divided and folded for cutting the jacket.