Until recent years the art of cutting women's and children's garments without the aid of commercial patterns has, in this country, been known only to dressmakers and tailors. It is possible, however, for any one to master the definite yet simple underlying principles which the system of drafting here presents and thus be able to make in a very short time a perfect fitting skirt and waist pattern. These patterns may be readily used as a base upon which all the patterns needed for other garments can be developed. This method originated with Mme. A. Guerre and is extensively used in the public schools of France. Through its use, the expense and wastefulness of commercial patterns may be eliminated.

The method is based on geometric principles and is the result of years of careful and patient observations both in the class room and in practice in the home. It is clear, precise, and leaves nothing to hazard.