Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book From The Late 60’s
I have a new Saturday addiction. It’s shopping at Bad Granny’s Bazaar. It’s not a thrift store, not quite a boutique, and not quite a craft show either. But it’s definitely somewhere in between, with items ranging from vintage clothing and patterns, vintage Barbies and toys, to custom painted ceramic tiles and antique furniture.
This is what I found!!!!
Then, when I opened it up, I found all these handwritten notes and resources tucked inside!!
Reading through the book, (which was wonderfully cared for) I realized more than ever that we live in an era of “disposable” clothing. Clothing is made so cheaply in foreign countries, ( often by children and indentured slaves) that it’s cheaper to buy that than to make your own.
Fabric is expensive. Sewing takes time. Time and money are two things that many of us don’t have. That’s why I love giving a handmade gift. It’s my love language.
But just 40 years ago, women made their clothing and home decor. It was practical and economical. They made clothing to last. (they made everything to last back then!) Check out this chapter.
“Designing Clothes That Grow”. A whole chapter on how to get an extra year or two out of your garments. When a garment couldn’t be let out anymore, it still didn’t go to waste. A shirt would be turned into a pillow or book bag.
Nowadays,sewing is an expensive habit. Especially if you love designer fabric. (guilty!) I love repurposing old clothing, but now I’m going to make an even bigger effort to repurpose, reuse, and upcycle things around my house. If I can pinch a few pennies here and there, great. Maybe Bella can pick up some tricks of the trade too.
Keep coming back this week, and I’ll find some creative “penny pinchers” we can try together.