When I was growing up, many women made their own clothes and their children’s clothes, especially their daughter’s dresses.
Mother not only made her clothes and mine, she also made dresses for many others in her home-based dressmaking business.
Many would have described my mother as the town dressmaker of Ashland City. When a customer wanted a dress made, the lady purchased a pattern, fabric, and matching thread and brought it all to our home. First, Mother cut it out on our kitchen table and sewed it together. Then the customer returned for a fitting. After she tried the dress on in our living room (I like to say that there was always some woman in her slip in our living room), Mother pinned it here and there to make it fit that particular customer perfectly at the waist, hips, and under the arms. She marked the hem exactly where that year’s fashion dictated and marked the sleeves at the perfect length for that customer. Later the customer returned to pick up her perfectly-fitted dress.
By homeschooling your child, he or she can enjoy an education that is “tailor made” for him or her, an education that fits just right because God didn’t make any of us carbon copies.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.