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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fun Things on the Bodice Pattern

When I discovered the 1944 newspaper bodice pattern in Simplicity 4343, I showed it to my husband. Five minutes later, he was still engrossed in the bodice. I asked what he was doing and he said he was reading a Chop Suey recipe.

Sure enough...
I took the bodice pattern away from him and began to read. I caught up on some classic comics--Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, Orphan Annie.
Joe Palooka was unfortunately cut off.
I learned that as part of the War Agencies Regulations, paint manufacturers could not deliver more than one gallon of aluminum paint per month to any retailer. I read Ernie Pyle's column.

I discovered that if you're a teenager with heavy ankles, you can reduce the size of your ankles by doing push ups against a wall with your heels on the floor, and by sitting in a chair and making large circles with your feet.

There were war menus, which drove home the point of how fortunate we are to not have to ration food.

I learned how to turn a baking soda can into an inexpensive dicer.

I found a mail order slip pattern that I'd like to make:

All that and more on one bodice pattern--perhaps the most educational pattern piece I've ever read.

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