Remodeling Sister’s Extra Petticoat

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 


Saturday, November 4, 1911: Did some sewing this afternoon, fixing over a black petticoat which once belonged to Ruth. Seeing she had four and I none, she was so benevolent as to donate me the fourth.

Source of photos: The Dressmaker (Butterick Publishing Co, 1911)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Ah, this entry so aptly conveys the complex relationship between Grandma and her older sister Ruth.

I wonder what changes needed to be made to the petticoat. Was it torn?—Or maybe Grandma was shorter  (or taller). . . or heavier (or thinner) than her sister.

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