Hi my blogger friends It's Story Telling Sunday again hosted by our good friend Sian
At the end of last week I showed you my decorated picture frame and the final window was a dressmaking scene. This brought back to my memory my mother's 'dummy' which she had named Suzy, I can't remember a time when she didn't have it. It was made in 4 sections which could be expanded to fit practically any adult size for my mother used to make clothes for others, as a means of earning money. Married women didn't go out to work before WW2 and certainly not those with children.
It was made of shaped wooden sections covered in cloth. Ladies would come and be measured in minute detail and these were noted in a book then when they had gone mum would expand or contract the dummy to those measurements. I do remember her having to pad it out quite a bit for some of her customers. This enable Mum to practically finish the garment with only one fitting on the customer.
Suzy had 'worn' ball gowns, my Wedding Dress, and my going away outfit. Mum's outfit for both my wedding and my brothers and many more
Suzy remain in mum's sewing room and was still used by her, for her own dresses, until the day she went into a care home at the age of 90.
Why not pop over to Sian's place and see who else has a story to tell.