Archive for Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 5, 2005

As Doris J. said the other day, your neighbor was all you had in times past. Any little spat or disagreement with one had to be settled soon. No grudges were held.

Too bad that's not more often the case these days.

Those never to be forgotten (it seems) feed sacks were a real treasure. Now it's the reappearance of the "Prairie Skirt," as we called it. Oh yes, they are back in full swing. And that's what they do -- swing and swirl, especially on the dance floor. They were more popular for square dancers.

Doris remembers her mom even made her one from a feed sack. "I had to coax mom," she said.

Those feed sacks were really almost too heavy. Remember, they were woven to hold chicken and rabbit food, even grain. She said her mother told her, "Well OK, if it means so much to you we'll just not gather it in so much."

"I was so proud of that skirt I didn't mind if it didn't swirl out," Doris said. "It really fit me more like an A-line skirt."

They were so easy to make you never wasted any fabric. There were no curves or darts to cut or make. They had at least three tiers -- each cut wider than the first -- gathered to fit your waist. You could easily have one finished in an hour.

"In fact that was my first sewing project," Doris added. Thanks, Doris. I'm sure you will remind many others maybe even start something.

Our old friend Andy Rooney said, "Sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand."

See you all next week. Until then, God bless.

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

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