Age : 11-12 Years
As far as technique applies, this exercise, like the last, continues the development of skill, and in this respect hitches on to the interest originated with the pleating construction. With this skill the child is gathering experience from the purpose of the construction.
Again the slip bodice can form a good base; the material taken in as a dart may be disposed of by tucking as well as gathering in the extra fulness at the back and front of waist. (Experimental work gathered from the child at this period shows pinafores and collars tucked in varying widths and groups (Diag. 65).)
A small piece of carefully measured off cardboard, notched to suit the size of tuck, may be placed at right angles to the material (Diag. 66). Each tuck, varying from 1/8inch to 1/4 inch in depth, should be carefully tacked before being Run.
Work from right to left.
Hold the work over the first and second fingers of the left hand, keeping in place with the first and third finger. Begin with one or two back stitches, and then proceed as in running. One to three stitches may be lifted at one time, as the hand gains in dexterity.
At the last running stitch, take a back stitch and run in the thread over the last two or three threads and snip off neatly.
Begin a new thread by slipping the needle between the folds, and bringing it out two or three stitches to the right of the last stitch ; take a back stitch, run over the last stitches made on the underfold, and proceed as before.
It is important in all running of tucks that the thread goes right through the folds, giving a similar appearance on the upper and under fold.
Tucks may also be hemmed or machine stitched.
They may be treated singly, as in Diag. 67, or in groups, as in Diag. 65 ; but with any arrangement it should be carefully noted that tucks must not be allowed to overlap one another.
Tucks vary in width from \ inch in fine cambric to 2 inches in woollens and prints.