When I got home after helping my mother this afternoon it would have been so easy to just relax and hang out. However, I buckled down and put in some solid hours of cutting, pasting and folding. It feels good to be productive.
This one was a pleasure to make. I love the image. It was from a book highlighting great inventions...including the sewing machine (and the nail) and shows women working in a skirt factory.
I shouldn't romanticize because let's face it, working conditions for women then weren't so sweet...but, I still love the image. I urge you to click on the one on top to see their lovely little faces and the details of the windows in the back of the shop.
I attached it to a sewing pattern and to a little section from a vintage lingerie sewing manual. I get a kick out of this line, "But soft, shimmery material in heavenly colors is a combination that appeals to everyone, not just women." I gather the "everyone" means men. Oooh-la-la!
Speaking of sewing and skirt factories, I went through a period several years ago of being unable to resist reading anything about the role of women in the U.S. labor movement and think many of you would like reading about the Lowell Mill Girls. Many novels have been written about the young women who worked in the mills and I find all them (as well as the non-fiction pieces) fascinating.
When I was a eleven, I was obsessed with this novel . I sooooooooooooo wanted to be transported in time so that I could be a mill girl, save my pennies, be taken advantage of by an older handsome Irish rogue, get pregnant (and subsequently fired), forced to give up my baby, shunned by my family, finally find love only to find out it's a shameful sort of love that leaves me thrown out of my town and then die alone in a harsh winter. Instead I ended up making wallets in Green Bay Wisconsin and about to go watch a recorded episode of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Oh well, maybe in the next life. :)