Archive for Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 28, 2004

I've always enjoyed remodeling or recycling clothes. It was a necessity back in the olden days. I've always been so thankful my mother was an expert at it. They dared not waste anything. It took so long to transport supplies across the prairie, etc.

If you love to sew, to make your own clothes, you will certainly find it worth your while to go through your closets to see if you might not have some old favorites that might be re-trimmed or taken apart or combined with another fabric to make a new outfit. However, thoroughly check them out, examine the garments. Hold them up to the light to see if the fabric is in good condition and it doesn't have spots that are wearing thin. Remember always that woolens attract moths and you may find tiny holes or small tears (worth mending). Some fabrics can even be used on the wrong side. Sometimes just a new pocket or touch of embroidery will spruce up an old garment.

If you plan to totally re-cut, consider carefully the pattern you are about to use, especially for skirts and jackets. Always, always wash or dry clean before you start to rip them apart.

Use a seam ripper or small pointed scissors to open a seam, clipping threads at short intervals, gently handling so as not to stretch the edges. If you do stretch an edge, a careful pressing with the steam iron will reshape it for you. It may also be hard to tell the right side from the wrong side, so mark it as you take it apart. I like to use small safety pins. I like to put them on the side I intend to use as the right side. It's really easier to make children's clothes this way if you are just learning to remake garments or make a vest from a shirt or jacket.

Surprising facts about the body's largest organ, the skin: If you could slip off your skin, you'd find it measures a whopping 20 square feet.

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

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