A long time ago when I was in junior high, my grandmother gave me an old coat. She was always bringing us old stuff when she came to visit us, and this coat dated from the 40’s or 50’s. The wool in this gray coat was fabulous, thick and warm. We took the coat apart and I made myself a 6-gore skirt. I wore that skirt for years, all the way through college. I saved the scraps and still have the skirt saved somewhere. I used the scraps to roll up into a bobbin lace cushion when I was teaching myself bobbin lace making, so the coat was eventually all used up in a useful manner. Because of this, I have always had an interest in remaking outdated clothing. I picked up this booklet at an antique sale a few years ago:
It has pages of instructions for using old clothing to make new items during the wartime years when it was hard to get fabric and required ration coupons.
In addition to thinking about sewing, we have been working in the garden a bit. Here in California, Spring is on the way and we will have a week or so of nice sunny weather followed by several nights of frost. This morning is really frosty. Over the weekend we drove to the nursery in Sebastopol and bought what we thought were 4 raspberry canes. When we got them home, though, we saw that they were 5 canes tied together in each packet so we are going to have raspberries all across the back fence. I’ve never grown berries before except for a few volunteer blackberry plants, so we have been reading the gardening book to see what we are suppposed to do.