Archive for Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

January 27, 2010

Well, yes there certainly is a right and wrong side to fabric. But many times you can decide which side you like better for your right side for this or that project or a garment.

This very question takes me back to those Depression days. Use it up, make it do (or many times) or do without. I made most everything the family wore from the diapers to daddy's and the boys' shirts.

Aunt Mary (my sis) had a coat she was discarding. The sleeves were wearing off shiny at the cuffs and elbows.

“Sis, can you use this coat for anything?” she asked, a rug or quilt she thought.

She couldn't believe it when, on her next trip to see us, Glenda was wearing it. I’d ripped it apart, used the wrong side (same texture as the right side) for the new right side. It was like new fabric — sturdy, warm (not scratchy) wool. That coat was then passed on down to Lois and then Cathy.

Old saying — if your feet or your back is cold, you’re cold and uncomfortable all over. Coats were made with an underlining from waist up across the shoulders for extra warmth. Usually made of thin shami skin leather, they really kept body heat in.

Bye now and God Bless you and yours.

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

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