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.11 II"1. IU..I I I. II I I I III I. I HOME DRESSMAKING. I I A PRETTY W.ASHING FROCK. I This week our sketch shows a simple but delightful little summer frock which is so j easy to make that any woman who knows how to sew at all ought to be able to make it for herself with complete success. THE MATERIAL.—The first thing, of course, is to decide upon the material to be used. Well, I think this design would look its very best carried out in some very soft and rather thin material that falls in graceful lines. There are plenty of such materials on the market this year. Prettiest of all, per- haps, are the cotton voiles, which are shown in a bewildering variety of patterns and colouringe, as well as in white and self 10 M 0 P jj > _i I 01 < K M l- < E r- c-l -> to M o Q M > ..J p <n 0 .J 0 colours. Any of these would make into the most charming of frocks, and, what is very important, they nearly all wash beau- tifully. Then there are some very pretty cotton Georgettes, which make delight- fully gossamer and summery dresses, but I do not think they wash quite as well as the Georgettes. Prin- ted canvas, thin cot- ton crepes, light- weight zephyrs, mus- lins. and haircords would all look well for this frock, and would all wash ad- mirably. You will need 63 yards of 27in. material for this dress and, in addi- tion, lyd. of 27in. contrasting material for the collar and cuffs. THE PATTERN.— There are eight pieces in this pattern, all of which are clearly marked. Before cut- ting out, pin the pat- tern together and lay it against you; you will find that any necessary alterations are much more easily made in the pattern than in the cut-out gar- ment. There are no turnings allowed fcr m the pattern, so do not forget to leave at least Jin. on all eeam edges and ample material for turning up wherever a hem comes. THE CUTTING OUT.—Fold the material so that the edges come together, and lay the front skirt and back bodice patterns in such a way that the straight edges come to the fold. Cut these out. Next open the material out to ita full width, and cut it into two equal lengths. Pin these right sides facing, and lay all the rest of the pattern upon it, with the exception of the collar and cuffs. Fold the material for these so that the selvedges come together, and lay the pat- terns upon them, taking care that the straight edge of the collar comes to the fold of the material. THE MAKING.—Begin with the skirt. Join the scams by French sewing, leaving a placket about Oin. deep on the left side. Put a facing on -each side of the placket, a legalloolloall I wrap facing on the left side, and a flat facing on the right side. Ndw turn up a deep hem at the bottom, try on for length, and sew. Gather the skirt all round the waist except for a distance of six inches across the front. Cut a band of Petersham long enough to fit the waist when the ends arc turned in. Tack the gathered skirt on to the top of the Petersham, turning the raw edge on to the wrong side of the Peter- sham. I Now make the bodice. Begin by arrang- ing the box-pleat in the middle of the front, stitch along the top, and press well. Cut three inches from the left front edge, and I [Refer to H. D. 285.] I up the cut edge neatly with a fiat facing. Sew on press-studs as fastenings. Gather the shoulder edge of each front and draw the gathers up to fit the- back shoulder edges. Sew together the shoulder seams and the under-arm seams with French sewing. Hem the collar and sew it to the neck. Gather round the waist and sew the gathers to the Petersham belt, and make the edges neat by a crossway band of material. Join the sleeve eeam by French sewing, and gather the bottom. Make the sleeve ban4 and insert the gathers between the turned-in edges of the band. Make the cuff and slip- stitch to the blouse. Finish the dress by a folded belt of silk, satin, or ribbon.

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