Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
" Does it pay to sew at home?" This often-asked question is one every homemaker must answer for herself. Although many modern-day families buy the major part of their clothing, many homemakers still find that sewing pays dividends. Time and energy, both nervous and physical, are factors to consider along with the cost of the fabric. The rule of th ree is a good guide to use when estimating the value of a new garment made at home. "One-third of a garment's value is the cost of fabric, onethird is the fashion rightness of the style and its becomingness to the wearer, and one-third is the time and skill of workmanship put into it." 'These are also points to consider when shopping for ready-to-wear. Shopping for ready-to- wear takes time and energy too, and some homemakers find sewing a more enjoyable way to spend it. To sew well takes time and skill. The homemaker who likes the feel of fabric and enjoys the experience of creating a good garm ent finds joy in her achievement
Walker, Anna, "A Look at Finishes" (1956). SDSU Extension Circulars. 678.