This section is from the "Hand Sewing Lessons" book, by Sarah Ewell Krolik. Also available from Amazon: Hand Sewing Lessons: A Graded Course For Schools And For The Home.
Practice for Models 10 to 14. Backstitching, Half-backstitching, combination stitches, gathering and gaug-ING. Backstitch duck or denim holders, beanbags, or other articles of coarse material. Stitch the outlines of a design on a 5 inch square of firm, unbleached cotton. Bind circular button bags to be drawn up from opposite sides. They can be opened wide when needed.
A doll is now introduced. Garments are fitted to it, which are given to the makers when finished. Join the parts of doll's gored skirt with French seams, make and lay the gathers, and join the ruffle with a faced hem. Use placket Model 13 (Plackets for Skirts and Drawers.) (a). Make and lay gathers of skirt, and put on the band. Make children's drawers with flat fell (see Illustration 14), and 13 (b) plackets. Put on bands and baste the hems. They can be hemmed for busy work, while pupils are waiting for the attention of the teacher, and will supply practice later for button-holes. Dolls', or infants', plain nightgowns may take the place of the children's drawers, or be made for additional practice. To make infant's pique shoes and slippers, backstitch a double bias fold of lawn along the edges and hem the folded edge of the bias strip on the wrong side to form a narrow binding around the parts. Overhand them together. Doll's waists with drawers to button on, are Models 29 and 30. Make them after the above practice and finish with buttons and button holes, after practice for Model 15 (Button-Holes, Eyelets, Thread-Eyes, And Sewing On Tapes, Buttons, Hooks And Eyes). Make Models 10 to 14.
Practice for Model 15 (Button-Holes, Eyelets, Thread-Eyes, And Sewing On Tapes, Buttons, Hooks And Eyes). Button-holes. Button-holes are made on a strip of firm bleached cotton, 2x6 inches. Fold length-wise, trim and overcast the raw edges, and buttonhole the folded edge. Cut 1/2 inch button-holes, one inch apart, in the strip, and work them. This practice may be used for a contest. Make button-holes on the drawers and on the doll's garments. Give as much practice as is necessary.
Make Model 15 (Button-Holes, Eyelets, Thread-Eyes, And Sewing On Tapes, Buttons, Hooks And Eyes).
Models 16, 17, And 18. Matching And Mending. These Models Are Practiced On The Gingham Squares Until Satisfactory
Models 19 And 20. Gussets And Nightshirt Fronts Are Omitted By Children And Taught Later With Garment Making