Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2004

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 22, 2004

Never, never say never.

I've really learned that lesson.

For years, I've been saying that as my crew of six, all with computers, all with e-mail, have tried to convince me by saying "Mom, it would be so much easier."

Finally, when son Eldon downsized there were extra computers "just sitting there."

I ran out of excuses.

They said, "We'll teach you, Mom. Just try one."

So here I am. I'll be 84 soon. I was actually, I think (I know) afraid of the thing at first, but what a challenge. Guess what -- I think I'm going to have fun.

Shopping tips for clothing

You may always have just bought a size 16 and it fit, you could almost count on that. Now, however, you are finding that is not so and there are several reasons why.

The size may vary with the manufacturer and the amount of ease built into the garment. The way the garment is put together and the price range may also affect the cut and the ease allowance.

Few shopping tricks will help solve many of the fitting problems of getting a good fit. If you are short-waisted, try a petite size. Petites and half sizes no longer are just for matronly figures and many come in attractive styles. If you have a slender figure, a junior size may be best for you. Many of them also are for the mature figure. If you are tall, take advantage of the tall sizes.

Many times you may need a bit of altering.

Remember, it is easier to take in a seam here and there than let one out.

If there is any doubt it can be made to fit properly, just don't buy it.

Rest assured, it no longer is safe to just assume the same old size is always going to fit. It is just not so in today's world.

So shop when you have time to try things on. Why not invest in that sewing machine you have thought about.

Not quite ready for e-mails

This computer very definitely has a mind of its own. Eldon tells me he has me all set up for e-mail, but I'm not even going to touch that for some time, I can assure you.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086.

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