I’d be interested in reading articles, personal stories, about the history of sewing. It is incredible to me how women (mainly women I think, though probably a few men too) in the past sewed virtually all their family’s clothing and household articles with limited resources and primitive equipment.
I think of my mom (who did not sew) telling me about her mom who sewed all their family’s clothing on a treadle machine along with some hand sewing. She said her mom could just look at a dress in a store window and go home and sew it, making her own patterns out of aluminum foil. My mom and I were in awe of that kind of talent and resourcefulness (those genes apparently didn’t get passed on to us.)
My mother-in-law told me about her grandmother who was a professional traveling seamstress. She would go stay in the homes of well-to-do families and sew up entire new wardrobes for them while she was there. I had never heard of this practice and was fascinated.
Once when I was visiting a fabric store, a very old lady came in to buy supplies and started talking about how she never did trust these new-fangled sewing machines. She still sewed everything by hand!
I’d love to read articles along these lines. How people used their sewing skills to get through the tough times of the Depression and World War II, or any other tough time.
How they came by those advanced sewing skills in the first place. Those old patterns look HARD! Especially considering they didn’t have modern equipment.
I hope I’m not the only one interested in this type of thing since I’d like to read those kinds of stories more.