So far sewing has not received the attention which it should in the school curriculum, and yet no other subject helps more to cultivate thrift, order, and economy. With the introduction of the straight line drafting, one finds that since 1886 the teaching of sewing, cutting, and garment making has found an equal place with academic studies in most of the girls' schools in European countries. The value of this teaching on the economic, social, and moral conditions of these countries has been well recognized.
In addition it will offer an opportunity for close correlation with other subjects in the school curriculum, such as drawing, arithmetic, English, etc. It enables the instructor to give more class instruction than has heretofore been possible in the teaching of sewing.
The subject matter includes the sewing, the cutting, and the making of the most necessary garments in any girl's wardrobe.
Each lesson is a complete unit. In the selection of the.work care has been taken to make sure that the lesson of one day reviews that of the previous day and prepares for the one in advance. To acquire skill, repetition is necessary. This has been kept in mind and the writer has endeavored to make the repetition less tiresome and more profitable by giving it variety. Each lesson is followed by such questions as will create thought and discussion on the part of the members of the class, and also will give suggestions to the teacher.
Special attention has been given to the introduction of all possible short cuts in the construction of garments, without sacrificing the standards of work. Only such garments as are used in the trade at the present time are presented in this text.
Every problem and garment described has been fullv worked out in the vocational schools in Wisconsin under the personal direction of the writer.
The aim of the text is to inspire a love for the work. Long experience has proved that a growing interest in handiwork can be developed in almost every girl, provided that the efforts of the student are rewarded with adequate results.
The aid rendered in the organization and preparation of this text by Dean H. L. Russell of the University of Wisconsin is gratefully acknowledged by the author.
C. L. S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, July, 1919.