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The good old days?

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Archergal at Knitting With Dogs posted this link which I found really fascinating: Furr Homespun Dress.

If you scroll down a bit (about 1.5 “Page Downs” on my display), there is a box containing an estimate of the time needed to produce 30 yards of homespun fabric, then she continues,

… it should take almost seven 10 hour days to produce the 5 2/3 yard of cloth for the Furr dress.

Note that the 7 10-hour days is just the cloth, there’s still making the dress! As much as I love to spin (weaving, not so much), this makes me very thankful that we have ready-made fabric and clothes easily available! I have a dear friend (who’s acquainted with the current owner of the dress) who makes historical costumes for re-enactors and those who work at historical sites, so I have a great appreciation for the amount of time and work involved in making a dress like this after you already have the fabric.


Author: joyknits

Knitter, designer, tech editor, spinner sharing a home in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband (53 years and counting), 1 dog, 2 cats, and way too much stash!

One thought on “The good old days?

  1. I had always wondered how they managed to feed everyone, keep everyone together AND make clothes from the very beginning. Fascinating.

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