Included in this unit are many references to a 4-H manual "Clothing Yourself!" by Louise Young. This publication is available through extension services for the price of $2.50. This manual includes professional illustrations and valuable resources. In the individual lessons, you will be referred to the corresponding sections in this manual. Please use the information as you wish, giving credit to Louise Young and Utah State University Extension 4-H program. This manual contains much more information than can actually be taught at this level. However, if you have a student that desires additional information you may wish to use it as a reference or a challenge project. Many thanks to Louise Young, Clothing and Textiles Extension Specialist, USU, for sharing this information with us! For additional information you may wish to refer to other 4-H and extension publications such as booklets and computer programs.
Demonstrations of construction techniques should be held at appropriate times. This may require that you repeat the same demonstration on two or three different occasions, depending upon how the students are progressing on their project. The curriculum does not specify when these demonstrations are to be held because the teacher must be aware of the needs of the students and provide the necessary information to the students when they are ready.
The second half of the sewing curriculum requires that each student has a pattern with which to work. If you are using class patterns, make certain that they contain the necessary information covered in the lessons. If you are letting students select their own patterns, be sure to give the assignment early so the patterns will be in class when you begin this unit.
It is suggested that you make or buy project packets for beginning students to avoid them inevitably forgetting their fabric. If you can charge a small lab fee to cover the costs, this is the most effective management system. Many industries or factories that use fabric will gladly donate remnants. When students begin sewing, do not expect them to learn the basics by sewing on light weight fabrics. Try to find a manufacturer who uses heavy fabric and either use their remnants or buy fabric from them in bulk.
Although the project evaluation sheet is found on the last page of this unit, you may need to use it several times, depending upon how many projects you do in class. Students should be given the evaluation sheet early in the course so they can grade each technique accomplished and have it checked by the teacher as they progress.
Projects for this unit need to be kept current and fun. Teachers should always be on the look-out for new ideas that would interest students.