Age: 14-18 Years; 18-24 Years
In considering material for under and outer garments, occupation, season, and age decide the quality and quantity.
The baby must have soft, warm, light-weight fabric.
After the flannel binder, mixed silk and woollen woven vests are best for wearing next the skin, or simply woollen knitted vests. Diag. 172 illustrates the short bodice and skirt of a christening robe combined by means of gathering or whipping - enhanced by symbolic design suitable for the purpose of the dress.
A first shortening frock may have sleeve and bodice all in one piece (Diag. 173), and decorated by stitchery adapted to the material.
Quilting need not be merely padding inset smoothly between two pieces of material and machined down in parallel or diagonal fashion.
By means of the elementary stitchery a very beautiful bib (Diag. 174) or cot quilt (Diag. 175) may be produced. The cloak (Diag. 176) may be used in a modified form for the baby, or expanded into an elaborate wrap for the adult. It naturally associates itself with the infant's first jacket, and in wide material requires little shaping, except a few pleats on either shoulder. For the baby a quilted border gives weight and softness, and crossway strips, pipings, and all elementary stitching may be used advantageously as decoration.
In the strengthening of the intellectual fibre of our adolescent, occupation and season can be made an interesting factor in planning the wardrobe. Household linen includes all articles made of cotton, woollen, linen, and damask used in our homes.
While worn cotton material may be used as dusters, two or three pieces joined together and used as dust sheets, worn-out blankets and flannels made into small cot blankets or under sheets, or as cloths for poultices and fomenting purposes, etc.; yet damask and linen may have a " knife cut" and outside garments, such as serge, may have a thorn or nail tear.
Both are mended in the same way by strands of thread crossing and recrossing, noting at the raw edges to place the needle over the edge one way, and when coming back to place the needle underneath the edge so as to keep the edges smooth and protected (Diags. 177, 178).
As the adolescent enters the second period of skill, it is advisable to try and follow the design of the weaving with linen, silk, or woollen thread according to texture.
Diag. 179 shows the yoke of a dress decorated and strengthened by means of the hedge tear, serge or damask darn, and forms a gracious way of approaching the actual mending of the prosaic tear.
And fingers of knitted gloves, elbows of jerseys, etc., may be darned as in Diag. 180, by following the design of the knitting.