Garments

In the post war fifties of
expensive clothing stay at home
Mums made clothes, darned
and mended holes and tears.

Bus trips to town yielded fabrics
of low cost from huge department
stores with garment patterns
reels of cotton, needles pins
tape measures, tailors chalk.
Also twists of darning wool for
socks, jerseys, skeins of wool
to be unwound, twisted into
smaller ballsĀ  for knitting into
socks, jerseys once rescued
from the cat’s sharp claws.

After daily visits to butcher and
baker, dressmaking days began.
Cloth spread out on the living
room floor covered with pinned
on pattern pieces, cut out, pinned
together sewn at the knee lever
sewing machine on the dining
table. Partly made garments tried
on homecoming children finally
checked for length with the
wooden skirt measure.
Hemmed by hand at night after
dinner cooked and eaten, dishes
washed and dried.

A long full day for a fifties
stay at home Mum.

Garments