Examiner in Dressmaking, Tailoring, French Pattern Modelling, Millinery, and Plain Veedlework of the Teachers in Training at the University Colleges of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff, the London Technical Examination Centre. etc Author of Up-to-dute Dresscutttng and Drafting," also " The Practical Work of Dressmaking and Tailoring.'
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Tailors' Chalk (White and Coloured).
Tailors' chalk, used for marking out, can be obtained for about 3d. per dozen the best quality.
This is used for perfecting the round hole at the end of a buttonhole after it is worked.
It can be bought at any tailor's trimming shop for 1d.
These are essential for the successful pressing of tailor-made garments - flat-irons are not sufficiently heavy.
A tailor's goose can be bought at any good ironmonger's; the price is according to the weight, costing from about 2S. 4d.
Beeswax This is for waxing the thread used in working buttonholes, and for waxing sewing silk to strengthen it. A piece of yellow wax, at 1d. or 2d., is sufficient, and can be had from any chemist or oilshop. The next appliances necessary are;
A Leather Punch
This punch is used for cutting the round hole at the end of each buttonhole; also for cutting eyelet-holes. There are various-sized " points " for a punch; No. 5 is the most useful. It can be obtained for 1s. 6d. complete,. Extra "points" can be had for 3d. each.
A regular buttonhole punch is far more expensive, and not so useful as a leather punch and a pair of buttonhole scissors. We now require:
Pins - Needles - Thimble
•Either a single or a double board; if double, it should be a fixed, and not a folding board, as the latter is not firm enough for pressing tailor-made garments.
Sleeve boards can be obtained, the price-for a single one being from Is. 6d., according to the size, and for a double one, from 3s. 9d.
Only a small size is needed for ladies' tailoring.
This is used for tacking and for pressing the seams of skirts, etc.; it can be had for about 4s. 6d.
A Sewing Machine (lockstitch)
A dress stand can be purchased in stock sizes, or made to order from a well-fitting bodice, from about 15s. and 25s. respectively.