One of the things I like about Sunbonnet patterns is how the figures are dressed!
I don't know about other parts of the country, but it seems like women in our area really enjoyed styling the clothes and even liked putting the dolls in scenes!
The above quilt block features a tied on pocket that women used to wear. There's a book I would like to purchase now called The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women's Lives. 1660-1900. I'm wondering if any of you have read it?
I'm not a garment maker. The few pieces I've made were for kids. This usually involves Linda's assitance since she was a great garment maker when she was young. I've pretty much given up with that now that my granddaughter is grown-up.
Over the weekend, I was a bit alarmed to read that McCall Pattern Company was closing a pattern manufacturing plant in Kansas. I even got a little irate. Sewing is one of the many high school classes that have been cut from high school curriculums. In our town, theses classes were incredibly popular and even had a waitlist...not to mention that our quilt guild sent lots of fabric and notions to help the kids. I wondered what is going to happen to the sewing industry?
Well you know you have to be careful you get the WHOLE news. It took some digging but I did learn that most of the work from that plant was being transferred to Wisconsin (see article here). Apparently the Wisconsin plant prints on a thicker pattern paper which garment sewers prefer.
I also learned that the Kansas plant also prints patterns for other companies and has been experienced a lot of problems recently (see here).
I do really feel bad that the folks at the pattern plant are now losing their jobs. However, I'm relieved that the patterns will continue to be made in the U.S. What are your thoughts?
Have a safe and happy day!