Cut from Model Patterns
Many of our readers are possessed of a set of Model or Block Patterns, and may be unaware of the method followed in cutting garments other than the ordinary jacket or bodice. A cutter should have a general idea of how these may be turned to advantage in producing all kinds of ladies’ garments, for as a general rule Capes, Hoods, Mantles, and Ulsters are all cut from Model Patterns. They save much time, and a general rule have been tested, and so the cutter can use them with greater confidence than if he relied on his system. We have nothing to say against cutting by system, but the general cutter finds little time to practice his system, and is sometimes as a loss when he has to proceed rapidly in applying it to any new style. He therefore falls back on his “blocks” because of their reliability.
The illustration and diagrams show the method of cutting three different styles of capes from the back and forepart of an ordinary jacket.
Diagram 1 – Represents a small or short Three-quarter Circle Capelet.
Diagram 2 – Represented by the dot and dash lines is a full Circle Capelet.
Diagram 3 – Represents the middle cape, and is generally cut in the three-quarter circle style.
Diagram 4 – Is known as the Half-circle Cape, and is a closer fitting one than any of the others. When several capes are combined to form one, the half-circle usually occupies the lowest or foundation cape.
Diagram 5 – Is a three-quarter circle cape.
Diagram 6 – Is a deep stand and fall collar.
Diagram 7 – Is the tab to fasten the cape across the front.
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