KCSE Past Papers 2015 Home Science Paper 2 (441/2)

Paper 2


A pattern of a pair of shorts is provided. You are advised to study the sketches, instructions and the layout carefully before you begin the test.


1. Pattern Pieces

A. Short front

B. Short back

C. In-seam pocket

D. Waistband

2. Plain lightweight cotton fabric 60 cm long and 90 cm wide.

3. Sewing thread to match.

4. One large envelope.


Using the materials provided, lay, cut out and make ONE LEG of the pair of shorts to show the following processes:

(a) Cutting out. (9 marks)

(b) Making of the back dart. (8 marks)

(c) Attaching the in—seam pocket. (16 marks)

(d) Working of the side seam using an open seam. (Above and below the pocket.) (9½ marks)

(e) Working of the inner leg seam using a double stitched seam. (8 marks)

(f) Making the knife pleats on the short front. (9 marks)

(g) Preparing and attaching the waistband. (Do not interface) (11 marks)

(h) Completing half of the waistband using hemming stitches. (3 marks)

(i) Managing the hem of the short by holding it in place using tacking stitches. (10 marks)

(j) Overall presentation. (6½ marks)

At the end of the examination, firmly sew onto your work, on a single fabric, a label bearing your name and index number. Remove the needle, pins and loose threads from your work. Fold your work neatly and place it in the envelope provided.

Do not put scraps of fabric in the envelope.

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