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Two years of Home Economics was required for all girls (boys were required
to take 2 years of shop) and consisted of alternating semesters of sewing
and cooking instruction. As with all required courses, memories vary:
Who could forget Ms. Dynes in
Home Ec.? She'd always make us use
stuff in the frig that had a
coating of cooties and I'm sure it
could have cured some terrible
disease. Mrs. Thompson in sewing class
was my favorite - she always said
my hems were "as crooked as a
dog's hind leg". She also had the
greatest ability at threading a
needle. She hit the eye every time
on the first try.
remember Home Ec with Miss Dynes and Mrs.
Thompson? I never have made that orange juice
with the raw egg beaten up in it! I have
learned a few sewing short-cuts!
- Remembrances from some recent emails:
Decorating our house one Christmas, doing small flower arrangements, and
being told (when I knew better) that we had to baste seams because the
sewing machines couldn't sew over pins.
Those two piece suits we made and jelly roll or could be chocolate,
whipping cream drenched with chocolate sauce! I made the latter for years
when I entertained for bridge.
I don't remember cooking anything that I would ever make again and my
memories of sewing consist of taking a zipper out of a skirt multiple
times. It's a wonder I ever found a husband!!
I am grateful to have had a teacher who insisted I learn so many sewing
techniques that have helped me have
wonderful success on many projects. I loved sewing even in high school. I
even got some of my spending
money when people liked some of the things I had made for myself and
wanted something similar. They would go pick their fabric and then paid
me to sew it for them. When I got married I made my wedding dress and
later when our daughter got married I made her wedding dress also.
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