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I Remember When
from Winnie’s own sewing machine. She could manage
one or two patterns herself so all her outfits were exactly
the same. Fabrics varied very little as well. Dark, solid-
color crepe, faille or light wools for winter and flower-
print heavy silks or nylons for warm weather. Each
dress looked much the same: a round neckline, set-in
sleeves —three quarter or shorter. The bodice had deep
darts to accommodate her “bosoms” and the skirt was
straight and fell mid-calf. She topped the dress off in
cool weather with a wool three quarter length jacket that
she wore mostly draped around her shoulders. She wore
nylons with seams to keep straight and then switched to
the seamless ones that became available after the war.
Winnie was definitely not a fashion plate in those days.
She felt that a married woman in her thirties with chil-
dren should not wear flashy clothes or stand out.
She was
appalled that Mamie Eisenhower was wearing bangs. Bangs
were not appropriate for a woman of her age and status
However, if her street clothes left something to be
desired, she certainly was always well dressed for bed.
Grandma Lottie made sure we had nightgowns and
quilts. As a matter of fact, well turned out ladies of the
time had gowns and matching bed jackets. Bed jackets
were waist length jackets, having short sleeves that kept
the wearer somewhat covered but wouldn’t get twisted
and become uncomfortable. Winnie had a pink satin
nightgown with a bed jacket of the same material, lined
in pale blue satin with a scalloped edge to allow the blue
lining to peep through. When Winnie wore that gown
with bed jacket and topped the outfit off with a patch-
work quilt, pieced together from the same pink and blue
satin fabric, she disappeared into lump of pink and blue