1. Each girl should report on the amount accomplished up to date.
2. Can you find out why certain girls have been able to accomplish more than others?
3. Can you suggest how certain girls can "speed up" their work?
4. Do you find that some work has been done carelessly because the girls worked too fast?
5. What was your own rate of work? Was it too fast or could it have been faster? Lace Edging for the Neck and Sleeves. - Lace edging is sometimes added to the neck and sleeves of the nightgown. There are many kinds of lace and to study them all would take a long time. Four kinds that are suitable for use on your garments are: German Valenciennes, French Valenciennes, Cluny and Torchon 1ace. French Valenciennes, sometimes called Val, is a light-weight, delicate kind of lace as shown in Fig. 28. It is not a particularly durable lace and looks best when combined with thin materials. German Val as shown in the second picture is a heavier and more durable lace. Cluny is a much coarser and stronger lace, generally having wheels as shown in the third picture. It combines well with underwear materials such as longcloth, cambric and crepe. Torchon is also a heavy, strong lace. The last picture shows a characteristic Torchon lace pattern.
If you decide to use lace on the neck and sleeves of your nightgown be sure to select a lace that combines well with the material in your garment. Delicate laces do not look well on heavy, coarse materials. For example, a delicate piece of Valenciennes lace does not combine well with heavy muslin or longcloth. Which of these laces will launder best?
How to Put on Lace. - The lace may be sewed on by hand or stitched on with the machine. Discuss with the other girls in the class the advantages of each method of putting on lace. Examine some garment which has lace stitched on by machine and see if you can answer the following questions:
1. Is the lace stitched to the right or the wrong side of the garment?
2. How far is the lace lapped onto the garment?
3. Will it be necessary to baste? Why? Overhanding. - When lace is put on by hand the overhanding stitch is generally used. The picture in Fig. 29 shows how lace is put on with this stitch and you should be able to see for yourself how it is done.
1. How is the lace held in relation to the cloth? Is it not like the two edges of a seam?
2. In what direction do the stitches progress?
3. It is easiest to hold the work between the thumb and fingers of the left hand, with the edges lying along the first finger.
4. Beware of taking deep stitches or uneven stitches if you wish to have good work.
5. In what direction does the needle point in taking the stitch?
6. To start the stitch leave a short end of thread that is not drawn through. Hold it with the thumb between the two edges. Then take the stitches over this thread.
7. To fasten the stitch turn the work around and overhand back four or five stitches. The overhanding stitch is often used to hold two finished edges together. Can you find other places where the overhanding stitch has been used? What would happen if you should try to overhand two raw edges of cloth together; for example, the underarm seams on your garment?