Basic Dressmaking Processes

1. In order to produce a professional-looking garment, pressing should be done
A. at each process.
B. only when the garment is complete.
C. just on the right side of the fabric.
D. quickly and with a light touch.

2. A wooden clapper is used to
A. hold an ironing board steady.
B. fasten two layers of fabric together.
C. beat the fabric fibers before pressing.
D. force in the steam after pressing.

3. You would probably have a problem if you chose canvas as the mounting fabric for a silk suit because the
A. texture of the canvas is too smooth for the silk.
B. stiff canvas would alter the character of the silk garment.
C. canvas is too light in weight to support the silk properly.
D. the color of the canvas wouldn't go with the color of the silk.

4. When purchasing notions for a sewing project, you should choose thread that's _______ the fabric color.
A. the same color as
B. a lighter tint than
C. a shade darker than
D. much darker than

5. When purchasing dress fabric, you should be cautious about selecting material that's _______ than shown in the layout on the pattern jacket.
A. narrower than
B. slightly wider than
C. much wider than
D. the same width as

6. Which one of these fibers doesn't shrink when wet?
A. Wool
B. Linen
C. Cotton
D. Silk

7. Which one of the following methods is recommended for straightening the cut end of woven fabric before using it for sewing?
A. Pull with the hands straight across the width where the cloth was cut.
B. Use a setsquare and mark across the fabric with tailor's chalk.
C. Pull out a weft thread and cut along the resulting line.
D. Mark with pins along a row of stitches on the wrong side.

8. When paper pattern pieces are dovetailed in a cutting layout, they're placed so they
A. all face the same direction.
B. fit closely together to save fabric.
C. have their grain lines on the bias.
D. are lying face down on the fabric.

9. Trace tacking is made with
A. tailor's chalk.
B. colored tracing paper.
C. coarse tacking thread.
D. sharp pointed scissors.

10. When tacking a bodice for a fitting, you should proceed in this order:
A. Side seams, shaping, shoulder seams, center back seam
B. Shoulder seams, shaping, center back seam, side seams
C. Center back seam, shoulder seams, shaping, side seams
D. Shaping, center back seam, shoulder seams, side seams

11. It's important that a garment should be fitted while the model is wearing each of the following items except
A. shoes of the proper height.
B. shoulder pads, if included in the pattern.
C. face make-up in harmonizing colors.
D. suitable foundation garments.

12. According to this study unit, the minimum number of fittings for a garment is
A. one.
B. two.
C. three.
D. four.

13. When shaping a garment, a close fit is produced by using
A. darts.
B. tucks.
C. gathers.
D. unpressed pleats.

14. An extra layer of material placed between the garment and the facing to add stiffness and strength is called the
A. paneling.
B. interfacing.
C. shaped facing.
D. trimming.

15. When planning a one-piece facing for the armhole of a sleeveless dress, the grain line of the facing should be taken from the
A. yoke.
B. neckline.
C. back bodice.
D. front bodice.

16. When joining several pieces of bias binding together to make one long strip, the pieces should be joined
A. in a gently curving seam.
B. straight along the length of the strip.
C. on a straight thread.
D. straight across the width of the strip.

17. When sewing a new dress for yourself, the best method of marking the hem length is to
A. ask someone to mark it for you.
B. pin it an even distance from the waistline.
C. chalk an even line from the lower edge.
D. do it yourself with an adjustable hem marker.

18. Bound buttonholes are generally
A. horizontal.
B. very small.
C. quite strong.
D. highly washable.

19. Each of the following statements about buttons is true except this one:
A. Dramatic buttons can give a plain garment elegance.
B. Buttons that contrast with the garment color shouldn't be used.
C. Well-matched buttons can enhance the appearance of a garment.
D. The type, color, and size of buttons should complement the garment.

20. Binding must always be cut
A. on the straight of the fabric.
B. on the bias.
C. near the selvage edge.
D. on the cross grain.

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