THE work of this section is intended only for students who have completed the elementary processes set forth in the earlier parts of this book. The undergarments and others which may not be rendered worthless by a slight inaccuracy in cutting and fitting were presented in Section V; students who have completed the work of that section should be able to undertake the work of this section wihout difficulty.
Before beginning any of these projects the class should make a careful study of Patterns and Pattern Drafting as presented in Chapter IV (Patterns And Pattern Drafting), of the supplement. Whether or not pupils are to draft their own patterns, they should by all means become familiar with the function of patterns. They need also to know something about how to take measures and to apply them in working out a pattern.
The illustrated pages of Suggestions for Optional Modifications are not used in this section; by this time students should be able to design and work out modifications to suit individual taste. The working directions are not so detailed, neither are the references given for the fundamental stitches, it is supposed that girls who are able to undertake this work will not need help on the elementary processes.
The garments presented in this section are all very conservative in style; they deal with foundation principles and the effort has been to present them in such a way as to leave considerable latitude for adaptation to local style or personal taste.
A student should not be taught to make any particular style of waist or skirt, for the sake of the garment alone, but she should be given a comprehension of all that is fundamental in waist or skirt making; this sort of garment making together with the the proper conception of pattern drafting will result in real educational garment making which will enable the girls to alter, adapt, modify or even ignore the dictates of undesirable styles and exercise judgment, artistic taste and real personality in handling their sewing problems.