17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, March 31, 1913: We had quite a time tonight as to having the play next Saturday night. Thought maybe it would end there and there would be no play at all. At last we came to a decision and the affair comes off on the fifth.
Took my dress up to get it made this morning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A hundred years ago many girls apparently made (or had someone make for them) their graduation dresses. The April 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal had a feature article called “How Can I Make My Graduation Dress This Year?”
Two day’s previously Grandma wrote that she got a graduation dress:
Ma and I went to Milton this morning. The chief object of which was the buying of me a graduation dress. It is a plain white batiste to be trimmed with lace insertion and edging
At that time it sounded like Grandma bought a ready-made dress, but apparently she bought cloth and a pattern—and then took the items to a seamstress who made the dress.
It was less than a week until the class play. It sounds like the cast members (and maybe the director) were starting to get nervous. . . about lines not memorized, scenery not yet painted, costumes that still need to be sewed. . . or whatever.