dyeing, clothing, dyes, home economics department
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
A world without color! What a drab uninteresting place it would be! Color makes food more appetizing, rooms more livable, and wardrobes m o r e individual and beautiful. The 52 ½ million women in the United States can help a great deal in stabilizing our national economy during this period of reconversion from wartime to peacetime production by limiting their buying of scarce articles and materials to immediate needs. Regardless of how plentiful materials may become, economical homemakers will always have the urge to save the good material from garments in the wardrobe by making it over in some way. Whether the garment is recut for a child or restyled for an adult the problem of suitability, of the color is important. Mother's coat could be made-over for Johnny, because the material is suitable and good; but the gang will know it's mother's old coat if it is left the same color. To make the new garment look like it really belongs to a boy, a package of dye and its skillful use will save the day for Johnny and save on the clothing budget as well. Often clothing which is good in line, does not fit into the wardrobe because of its color. That sale dress would be a good investment, but for its color which goes with nothing else in the wardrobe. Why not buy it and dye it to harmonize with the key color of your wardrobe? What about the wool dress or sweater which looks a little faded? Would a good dye job restore it to an active place in the wardrobe?
Walker, Anna D., "Modern Home Dyeing" (1945). SDSU Extension Circulars. 418.