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The work in plain sewing is prescribed for the first year.

The work of the grades, covering the seven different witches, basting, running, halfback, whole back, top sewing, over-casting and hemming is carefully reviewed.

Plain sewing, including the making of undergarments, is then taken up.  The girls are taught to take measurements draft patterns, cut, fit and make the same; most of the work being done by hand.
True inspiration for the work and its possibilities has been observed in the manifest interest of the girls, many of whom have made garments, not only for themselves but for other members of their household and for friends. 

Throughout the year the beneficial effect of being able to make one's own     |
clothes has been unfolding itself in the growing self-reliance of our first-term girls.

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In dressmaking, the pupils are taught to design, draft, cut and make dresses, jackets and other apparel, by the latest tailoring system.

The work in freehand and mechanical drawing is correlated with this department to such an extent as to aid in the selection of materials and the drafting of patterns.  Many of the girls now make their own clothes, the more advanced ones take in work and on Saturdays and vacations receive fair compensation for work in the sewing rooms of some of our leading dressmakers and ladies' tailors.

At our school commencement each girl taking the manual training course makes her own graduation gown, this being the prescribed work in domestic art for the last quarter of the graduating year. 


SIXTY-SEVEN girls were given instruction in Millinery during the year.

Beginning with such simple work as drafting a plain hat, first in paper, then in buckram, the work progressed by easy stages until the girls were able to make finished wire frames of various shapes.

With the coming of spring the making and the trimming of complete hats of braided straw, silk and velvet, on wire previously constructed  was begun. The interest of the parents was plainly manifested in furnishing materials which resulted in our being able to display twenty six Easter hats made by the pupils for themselves. Several hats for teachers and others were made by advanced pupils who received fair compensation for the work.

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