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Author Gordon, Sarah A.

Title "Make it yourself" : home sewing, gender, and culture, 1890-1930 / by Sarah A. Gordon
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 164 pages)
Contents "Sewed considerable" -- "Boundless possibilities" -- "When Mother lets us sew" -- Commodifying "domestic virutes" -- Clothing for sport
Summary "Through home sewing, Sarah A. Gordon examines domestic labor, marketing practices, changing standards of feminity and understanding of class, gender, and race from 1890 to 1930. As ready -made garments became increasingly available due to industrialization, many women, out of necessity or choice, continued to make their own clothing ... The shifting meanings of sewing formed a contested space in which businesses promoted sewing machines as tools for maintaining domestic harmony, women interpreted patterns to suit -or flout- definitions of appropriate appearances, and girls were taught to sew in ways that reflected beliefs about class, race, and region."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-164)
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Subject Home economics -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Home economics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sewing -- History -- 19th century.
Sewing -- History -- 20th century.
Sex role -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231512252 (e-book)
9780231512251 (e-book)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)