This photo was taken at the Festival I went to a few weeks ago where they had some people demonstrating I guess you could say ....."Life in the old days". Those dresses made me wonder how they ever managed to get any work done. I know they worked very hard, but seriously, how do you even climb stairs in those bulky get-ups. I hate to say this but I think they took a few tumbles. I hope they had their pantaloons on when they went cart wheeling around the fields and up and down the steps. I am very happy to wear my stretch pants and bulky sweatshirts most days to carry wash etc. up and down stairs. Even with those on, I have slipped a few times. My observance of these dresses brought back a memory. One day... many years ago, I was driving home from work and decided that my car needed to be vacuumed. I drove up to one of those car washes with the super duper vacuums that suck off the upholstery of your seats and loosen up your floor carpet. Either that or you get one that previously sucked up part of a car and then won't pick up 3 strands of hair. That day I had on a skirt that was mid way past my knee, just a few inches shy of the above dresses. I get out of the car and notice the wind has really picked up. I put the coins in the machine and away we go. The wind blew my skirt into the vacuum and I start wrestling with the vacuum and screaming for help. Cars are driving by probably laughing their butts off at the poor kook trying to get control of the run away vacuum hose sucking up her skirt. Man did I wish I had some pantaloons that day.
Here is a photo of the chair I made Maddie. It stills needs some work, like more stuffing, and some tacking down of the arms, but I learned alot and may make another one with a more "child friendly" pattern to it. This was material I already had and I was trying to get by, like the people in the old days.