"Make It Yourself"

by Sarah A. Gordon

Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890–1930

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Susan Sews a Skirt

Measuring Pattern

Susan needs to be sure that the size she has chosen is accurate. She therefore measures the pattern, subtracting the width of the darts. If she needs to add or subtract any fabric she can alter the pattern by cutting it or adding pieces.

Photograph by Sarah Gordon.