Home Sewing in Texas, 1955

Cushing Library, Texas A&M University

These days many of us who sew have entire rooms dedicated to the process.  (In my house, I lay claim on parts of many rooms—just ask my husband his opinion of my expanding sewing empire). But here we see that you really don’t need a lot of space; Mrs. R. H. Franc of Texas makes do with a corner of her living room.

This photo comes from the wonderful Flikr site of the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University.  It is one in a series documenting the work of the Agricultural Extension Service. I’m guessing that the woman on the left worked for the service and was checking the work of the woman on the right.  Don’t you want to know the contents of those certificates on the wall?

Both women are wearing what look to be cotton dresses, although the one on the left has on a slightly dressier version, with slanted pockets and contrasting buttons.  The older woman on the right wears simple printed dress (are those polka dots?) with trim around the square neck and sleeves. Look at the very deep hem on her dress—designed to last through many fashion cycles.  And what is she making?  An organza apron?  A dressy over skirt? Judging by her narrow, even hems, she really doesn’t need any help.

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