Clothing/Textile Paper 2, May/June. 2011  
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Question 3
  1. (a)        Describe how to launder a loose coloured cotton wrapper.
                (b)        Explain two precautions to take when washing a woolen cardigan.
                (c)        With the aid of two diagrams, describe how to repair the following:
                            (i)         split seam;
                            (ii)        an hedge tear in a school uniform.


Those who attempted this question could not describe how to launder the fabrics and the principle behind it.

The required answers to the question are as follows:

(a)  How to launder a loose colored cotton wrapper
(i)   Do not soak the wrapper but wash in soapy water without rubbing the soap in the article.
(ii)  Wash quickly by using kneading and squeezing method.
(iii)  Add salt to the last rinsing water.
(iv)  Squeeze out the water, do not wring.
(v)   Dry in an airy shady place till partially dry.
(vi)  Iron quickly on the wrong side. Air and store.

(b)  Precautions to take when washing a woolen cardigan

            -    Outline the cardigan on a table.
            -    Use lukewarm water to prevent felting of wool.   
            -    Carefully wash using kneading and squeezing method.
            -    Thoroughly rinse to remove all traces of soap.
            -    Tie sleeve edges and lower edge of cardigan to prevent.
            -    Spread the dry cardigan on the drawn outline to check the degree of shrinkage.

 (c)       (i)         Split seam

                        Diagrams of repair work

                    Split seam                                                                 Seam re-stitched



-  Unpick, sufficient of the stitching on each side of the split in the seam to provide thread for fastening off properly.

-   Re-stitch the seam, and begin and end about 2.5cm over the original stitching.

  • An Hedge tear in a school uniform

Diagrams of repair work


  • Draw the edges of the tear with fish-bone stitch from beyond the end of tear.
  • Work darning in the direction of the selvedge threads to have it cross the edges from one end to the other. Continue darning across the corner till level with the second darn.
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