Bustledress.com, Victorian Dress, Bustle Dress, Victorian Costumes, Vintage Clothing, Vintage Clothes, Antique Gown, Antique Dress, Victorian Corset.

Bustledress.com, Victorian Dress, Bustle Gown, Victorian Costumes, Vintage Clothes, Victorian Fashion, Victorian Jewelry, Wedding Gown
HomeAbout UsSite InfoBustledress ShopVictorian LibraryEvents Calender2010 Costume ContestSitemap

Bustledress.com Room Navigation



Home (313 rooms, 433 items, 49 articles)
    About Us (9, 27)
    Site Info (7)
    Bustledress Shop (259, 421, 30)
    Victorian Library (23, 101, 31)
    Events Calender (1)
    2010 Costume Contest (7, 18)
    Sitemap (1, 1, 48)

Sellers and Seamstresses Rooms


Sorted by Seller
Additional Sellers
Alethea Sayers All
Brenda Kennedy All
Bustles and Hoops All
Christine Hall All
Claudette Donat Bio
Hourglass Designs All
Kate Klein All
Lisa Schnapp All
Lynne Lowe All
Victorian Halloween Costumes
Madames Mercantile All
Margaret Retherford All

Popular Room Links


All Antique Clothes/ Accessories
Antique Designer Clothes/ Accessories
Vintage Jewelry
Victorian Style Costume Jewelry
All Costumes/ Accessories
All Victorian Dressmaking Supplies
Seamstress Custom Victorian Costumes
Clothing Size 12- larger
New Items Listed
READY TO WEAR Victorian Costumes
Christmas Victorian Costumes/ Accessories
Victorian Halloween Costumes
Victorian Special Event Costumes
Steampunk Victorian Costumes
Gothic/ Neo Victorian Costumes
Date of your Antique Dress
Valentines Day Costumes/ Accessories
Date your Victorian Photo
Sold Antique Items- Study
Sold Costume Items- Study
Sold Dressmaker Items- Study
Victorian Library
Fashion


Welcome to a Bustledress.com Article Page

Memories from a 1960s vintage sewing factory by Claudette Donat on 02-21-2010



See Claudette Donat's Victorian Costume Listing Claudette Donat All

"I lived for a time in Fall River, Mass. where garments, shoes, handbags factories employed young girls who made very low wages, many foreign born or from immigrant families. I was about 19 then. I was too young to work on the sewing machines, as there were sometimes unpleasant accidents involving cutting or sewing machines. This was quite an experience, and one which prompted me work my way to get a finer education- no matter to what ends I had to do to accomplish that.

For a real short time, I worked in such a factory where production sewing was done. I was young then and got a job in the pattern dept. I stood at a long table where there was fabric yardage cut and the patterns were made of heavy paper- this paper was almost like sand paper, with holes for the dars and sew marks. My job was to take an eraser and dip in chalk dust and "stamp" over the cutouts so the chalk marks showed marks on fabric for the sewers who worked on the industrial machines. This chalk brushed off with little effort.

I also worked awhile as a "bundler" at that establishment. Bundlers took folded 3 yards or so print and solid type fabrics. The fabrics were all in tidy folds. We had lists to prepare and different fabrics to gather from various rows of bins the exact type and colors required. The list was the quantity to tie into large bundles sent out to variety stores, like Woolworths, or other small sewing stores. The gathered fabrics were often used for quilting or home sewing.

I remember that at the time, I was disappointed to be hired at this factory and they would not give me a job sewing...the only spot was one that paid piecework wages, as I was so young. I'd hoped they would take my home sewing as a trainee spot. However, they hired only trained and experienced industrial sewers, and most of those were foreign ladies. These ladies had long shifts that worked almost round the clock. I had met a girl who lost a part of her hand on one cutting machine in that factory. The light was dim, the air from small windows stifled and the term, "sweat shop" was no understatement. I once made huge, paper flowers for window displays in store fronts in the same area. Giant sun flowers made of special wild sunny yellow color paper and leaves! Oh my, that was something!

All that was a far cry from the later jobs I worked in NYC, but I will never forget how this experience affected my life..."

Claudette Donat


  www.Bustledress.com   Website and contents; including all artwork, original works, and are Copyrighted, and are not to be used without permission. Copyright 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Sitemap


Email Proprietress Lisa Schnapp at: bonnet@interx.net