Sarah asked to see more of the "bag books" that I mentioned in a previous post. These booklets, which were published by the National Cotton Council, are from the 1940s. They're mini pattern catalogs with designs for garments and home accessories that you make from feed sacks. The patterns sold for 20 cents each or two for 35 cents.
For instance, you could make:
The latest in ladies' fashions, which obviously included the ever-present apron.
Children's garments, which of course took fewer feedsacks. The little dress at the top of the left page, for instance,required two bags. The "sister" dress at the bottom of the same page took three bags.
And there were outfits for mother and daughter, which everyone must been wanting after reading this copy: "What fun it is to do the dusting, the weeding, the dish washing with mother when you wear a dress or apron exactly like hers! Long ago California movie stars and their children started this pretty fashion but today it is available to all mothers."
OK, but I really don't think that movie stars would be doing much dusting, weeding or dish washing, and in dresses no less, do you?
And especially for Sarah, maternity fashions and nursery accessories.
And in what was truly the era of frugality, there were patterns for items that could be made from the cotton string that stitched the feed sack closed. Of course you were to save that too. Because after all, "the war has taught us that it isn't how much we have that counts but how well we use what we have."
I think that's still good advice today.