Heart of the Home

| November 2006

Classic suit has changed to keep up with times

In 1963, I bought an expensive, stylish suit, imported from Italy. Because of its fine fabric and classic design, I have enjoyed wearing it on special occasions since that time.

However, the skirt became too tight around the waist. So I removed the waistband, added some material to it, adjusted four darts and sewed the waistband back on the skirt.

When the skirt needed to be longer, I let down the hem and stitched lace around it. Then I turned up the lace to form a new hem. To change its look over the years, I have worn different blouses and shoes with 'Old Faithful.'

Des Moines, Iowa

Pink dress was a real learning experience

In the late 1950s, when I was in high school, all of the girls took home economics. Sewing was a big part of the class. Our first year was spent making potholders, aprons and other simple projects.

By our second year, we were ready to take on more complex sewing. Our teacher that year decided we should make dresses to model in a spring fashion show. It sounded exciting, but our teacher had some unusual ideas.

She told us to buy our patterns two sizes larger than normal to allow for 'ease of movement.' Needless to say, all of our dresses were huge, and they needed lots of altering.

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