Archive for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 11, 2009

As we look for ways to save money and cut the budget — and we certainly must these days — many of us old timers think clothing.

Many in today’s world seem to have an obsession with clothing. They want more clothes when they have drawers, shelves and closets already full. “Oh, I’ve worn that before,” they say. So those closets fill up. Need more closets? No, I don’t think so.

This may shock you, but as I grew up, believe it or not, they were just beginning to put clothes closets into houses. Many of those older homes had none. They had massive pieces of furniture — wardrobes. They are beautiful antiques now. One side or end enclosed by a door with a rod for hanging clothing, then the other end drawers for socks, undies and such, with a mirror above the drawers. They had the chiffonier, a tall narrow chest of drawers.

I remember one of the first things my dad did after we moved was to put up a wide shelf from a corner out along one wall, with a clothes rod underneath it. He added shelves down the corner section, then Mom made a curtain to pull across the front of it. Hats and such went on top of the shelf, shoes on the floor underneath.

We had Sunday clothes, school clothes and everyday clothes. They were not washed after each and every wearing (we’ll talk about laundry later). Women had that basic dress, usually black (for funerals) with an assortment of detachable collars and cuffs to dress it up or down.

Of course, I remember that first washing machine, what a luxury that was. However, it could not be used inside the house, as it had a gasoline motor underneath it. You see, we also had no electricity, but that’s only because we lived too far out and the power lines did not reach our area.

Let’s first always count our blessings. No matter how things go. None of us would trade our life in the USA for any other land.

Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086, auntnorie@bdc.net.

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