KCSE 2011 Home Science Paper 2 Questions and Marking Scheme

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Home Science Paper 2 (441/2)

A pattern of a child's dress is provided. You are advised to study the sketches, instruction and the layout carefully before you begin the test.
Materials provided.

  1. Pattern pieces
    1. Dress Back
    2. Dress Front
    3. Front Yoke
    4. Sleeve
    5. Sleeve binding
    6. Back Facing
    7. Front Facing
  2. Plain lightweight cotton fabric 65 cm long by 90 cm wide.
  3. Sewing thread to match the fabric.
  4. One large envelope

Using the material provided, cut out and make the RIGHT HALF of a child's dress to show the following processes:

  1. attaching the front yoke to the dress front using an overlaid seam. Neaten half of the seam using overcasting stitches:
  2. joining of the shoulder seam using an open seam (do not neaten)
  3. joining of the side seam using an open seam;
  4. preparing of the sleeve;
    1. making an inverted pleat:
    2. joining the underarm seam using an open seam (do not neaten)
    3. attaching the binding and holding it using slip hemming (slip hem half the binding):
  5. attaching of sleeve onto the garment (do not trim or neaten);
  6. attaching the facing on the neckline

At the end of the examination, firmly sew on your work, on a single fabric, a label bearing your and index number. Remove needles, and pins from your work then fold your work neatly and pla in the envelope provided. Do not put scraps of fabric in the envelope.



    1. Work well pressed (1) and folded (1/2)
    2. Label (1/2) firmly fixed (1) without concealing details (1/2) and on a single fabric (1/2)
    3. Pins/Needles (1/2) unnecessary tacking threads (1/2) and loose threads (1/2) removed
    4. Made up for the right half
    1. All seven pieces cut out (7 x 1/2)
    2. Smooth cutting of yoke C.F (1) and cut on straight grain (1) to within 3 mm.
    3. Smooth cutting of dress C.F (2) And cut on straight grain (2) to within 3 mm.
    4. Smooth cutting of dress CB (2) and cut on straight grain (2) to within 3 mm
    5. Front facing smoothly cut at the C.F. (1/2) and cut on straight grain (1/2)
    6. Back facing smoothly cut at the CB (1/2) and cut on straight grain (1/2)
    7. Smooth cutting of the dress lower edge front (1) and back (1)
    8. Sleeve binding cut on true bias
  3. OVERLAID SEAM [if not overlaid award Zero(0)]
    1. Yoke placed over dress on the R.S (1/2) with raw edge of overlap well tucked under (1/2)
    2. Stitching line straight (1) and close to the fold (1/2)
    3. Correct width of neatened seam (1/2) 1 cm to within 2 mm (0.8 cm - 1.2 cm) and even (1/2)
    4. Overlaid seam turnings facing up (1/2) at the sleeve end.
    5. Yoke and dress flashing at the seam.
  4. OVERCASTING STITCHES [If not overcasting stitches award zero (O)(a-d)]
    1. Evenness of stitches
    2. Correct tension of the stitches
    3. Uniform length of stitches
    4. Density of stitchery
    1. If not open seam award zero (0)]
    2. Seam joined with straight stitchery Seam pressed open (1) and flat at armhole (1/2) and neckline (1/2)
  6. SIDE SEAM [If not open seam award zero (0)]
    1. Seam joined with straight stitchery
    2. Well neatened raw edges (1 x 2)
    3. Evenness of seam allowance
    4. Correct size of seam allowance (2 cm) to within 2 mm (1.8 - 2.2 cm)
    5. Seam pressed open (1) and flat at armhole (1/2) R.S and (1/2
  7. INVERTED PLEAT [If not inverted award zero (0) for a]
    1. Both folds facing away from each other on RS (1) and meeting on W.S (1) to within 2 mm
    2. Correct width of inverted pleat 2 cm on R. S (1x2) to within 2 mm (1.8 cm - 2.2 cm) at sleeve hem
    3. Pleat firmly fixed at sleeve hem (1) and well pressed (1)
    4. Pleat flat at sleeve hem.
    1. Good hang
    2. Gathers well distributed (1) at the crown (1)
    3. Under arm seam joined with straight stitchery
    4. Armhole seam made with straight stitchery
    5. Notches matched at the armhole seam (12 x 2)
    6. Binding joined before attaching
    7. Binding attached using straight stitchery (1/2)
    8. Binding seam and under arm seam flashing to within 2 mm
    9. Correct width of Binding (1) cm to within 2 mm (0.8 - 12 cm) and even in width (1)
    10. Underarm seam meeting side seam to within 2 mm
    11. Flatness of binding
  9. SLIP HEMMING [If not slip hemming award zero (0)]
    1. Raw edge well tucked under
    2. Stitches worked by picking from the stitching line
    3. Correct tension
    4. Slip hemming with pleat concealed into binding
    5. Neatness of stitchery
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