Suitable Materials

Batiste. Lawn. Messaline. Figured Taffeta. Lining Satin. Net.


Thread, cotton, silk. Hooks and Eyes. Snap Fasteners. Linen Tape.

Linings in one piece, cut from princess pattern, or waist and skirt joined on belt, are frequently used for wear under sheer summer dresses. Flowered silks are attractive under organdie dresses, and quite in keeping with the material. Some of the lining satins make attractive slips which will last a season, and are very inexpensive. The slip can be made very attractive by cutting the upper part of the waist of fine net, and finishing it with rat-tail braid at the neck. If the net is crossed in the front instead of ending abruptly, it softens the finish and prevents any possibility of the edges of corset cover trimmings from showing above the dress in an unhappy way. This arrangement can easily be accomplished when the slip is cut from princess pattern: Cut it so as to open in center front; then cut an additional front piece on a fold in the center. Stitch this into the seam on the right-hand side of the slip and fasten with snap fasteners to the opposite seam. This will allow the net top to cross in surplice fashion. The same effect can be secured on a slip cut from shirtwaist and skirt pattern. An additional piece may be hemstitched by machine to one side and the edge hemstitched and snapped down with very small snaps on the other side of the waist, and the band at the waist cut longer so as to hook it over with the skirt. In this way the net could carry over just as in the princess slip. For slight figures the slip cut from waist and skirt pattern and joined at waist is very satisfactory, as it gives more fulness than the princess. The latter is better for stout figures, but should be easy in fit.


French seams are usually better because they do not show through the outer-garment.

Sleeves may be added if wished, to place shields in; or the arm-hole may be finished with dainty lace.

Skirts may have the lower parts trimmed with flounces, cut circular if of silk, or straight and gathered if of washable stuffs. The skirt should be cut long enough to allow for finishing when flounce is joined to it. Stitch flounce to skirt with seams on wrong side, turn edge of skirt over on it and hem down (if skirt of silk). Cotton skirts may be finished in any acceptable petticoat fashion.

Suggestive Questions

1. Name the several types of linings, slips, etc., that may be needed in making dresses of silk or sheer materials; for tunics, draperies, etc.

2. What materials are used in making the above?

3. Describe the finish of one type of such part of a garment.