Examiner in Dressmaking, Tailoring, French Pattern Modelling, Plain Needlework and Millinery of the Teachers in Training at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff, the London Technical Examination Centre, etc. Author of "Up-to-Date Dresscutting and Drafting," also "The Practical

Work Of Dressmaking And Tailoring."

The Skirt Measurements and How to Take Them - Advantage of Measuring to the Floor - The Bodice Measurements - Requisites for Drafting - Plan Lines for Drafting a Bodice Pattern - Drafting the Pattern - The Armhole - To Cut Out the Pattern

Fig. I The Skirt Measures

Fig. I The Skirt Measures

The necessary measurements for a skirt are :

Round the waist (see Fig. i).

Length of front (see Fig.

Length of side (see Fig. I).

Length of back (see Fig. 2).

The length measures must all be taken from the bottom of the waistband to the floor.

N.B. - These three length measures should be taken, as some figures require extra length at the side, while for others the skirt requires to be shorter at the back to ensure its hanging correctly.

It is also advisable to measure both sides, as there is frequently a slight difference between them.

The advantage of taking the measurements to the floor is that the actual length of the person from the waist is ascertained, and any length of skirt can be made by adding to or deducting from these measurements.

If the skirt is a short one it must, when finished, reach exactly to the same distance from the floor all round, or it will not hang perfectly.