My mother was a thrifty woman. She had to be. She was
widowed with three little kids . . .
I had an older sister so of course I inherited most of her clothes
to wear: hand-me-downs. But I didn’t really mind that. There was
one bathing suit of hers that was great—-white with little blue stars
all over and ruffles at the hips. Sensational!!
One year Mom bought me a beautiful new blue wool coat.
She got it a little large so it would “last” a couple of years.
Some might say the sleeves were too long:
I wore it with a wide-brimmed felt navy hat. I
loved that outfit.
Years later I was still wearing that coat . . . looks
like it might be Christmastime in this photo–it’s
probably about three years later–or more!–and my
mother had attached a row of fur at the bottom of
the coat to make it fit a while longer!
I’ll bet I’m wearing those red rubber boots that we all wore. And I remember that clever hat that was a combination hat and scarf. It was cold in upstate New York! (Sorry the photo isn’t too clear—-can you see the fur at the bottom?)
What “make-do” stories do you have to tell?