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THE NEW DRESSMAKER

The New Dressmaker, 1921, Ill. No. 0008.pngThe New Dressmaker, 1921, Ill. No. 0007.pngIlls.7 and 8. Measuring a Child's Bust Waist and Hip needed. If the skirt is plain at the top and gored, each seam should be taken in so as to make the alteration as small as possible in each place, sloping it gradually to nothing at the hipline. Or the waist size can be increased as illustrated and explained in Chapter 5 "Altering Skirt Patterns." Page 28.


In a circular skirt with one or more darts, the waist size can be made smaller or larger by taking in or letting out the darts.

In a circular skirt without darts, if only a small reduction is required, it may often be eased into the belt. If the waist needs to be made very much smaller it may be necessary to make a small dart at each hip.

If the waistline needs to be made larger it can be done by raising the skirt a trifle on the belt all the way around. A very little will increase the waist size a good deal.

MISSES PATTERNS for dresses, blouses, coats and underwear, except drawers and petticoats, should be bought by the ageunless the girl is large or small for her age in which case the pattern should be bought by her bust measure. Skirt, drawers and petticoat patterns should also be bought by the age if the girl is of normal size. If she is large or small buy her drawers or petticoat patterns by her hip measure.

SMALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS for dresses. l)louses, coats and underwear, except drawers and petticoats, should be bought in bust measure. Skirt, drawers and petticoat patterns should be bought by hip measure.

JUVENILE PATTERNS should be bought by age unless the child is small or large for its age. In that ease order the girl's dresses, coat and underwear, except drawers, by the bust measure. The drawers should be ordered by the waist measure. The proper way of taking a child's measurements is shown in the Illustrations 6, 7 and 8.

The New Dressmaker, 1921, Ill. No. 0009+10.pngIlls. 9 and 10. Measuring a Boy's Breast and Waist

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Ill.11. Measuring a Child's Head

BOYS' PATTERNS should be ordered by age. If a boy is large or small for his age order his blouse, suits and coat by his breast measure, his shirts by his neck measure, and his trousers by his waist measure. Illustrations 9 and 10 show the proper way of taking boys' measurements. The breast measure is taken around the body close under the arm with the tape drawn close but not tight. The measurement for an overcoat should be taken over the clothing the coat is to cover. The waist measure should be taken at the normal "waistline 'with the tape-measure held close but not tight .

HEAD MEASURE. In ordering hats for children order hat patterns by the age unless the head is large