Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers;
Some soldiers send epistles, say they'd sooner sleep in thistles
Than the saucy, soft, short shirts for
soldiers sister Susie sews.
World War I ditty
Since World War I, the fingers of Susie and her sistershave become as nimble as professionalsand thereby started a new kind of home sewing boom. In the 1920s women who could not afford to buy even cheap store dresses did most of the home sewing. But no longer. Women are still sewing to economizebut on the fanciest dresses that Paris can design. Inundated...