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Written by Mandy N
(11/27/2006 6:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think it must..., penned by Reeba
Needlwork usually involved plain sewing learned at an early age so most women were able to mend and alter clothes for themselves and family members.
Jane Austen was an accomplished needlewoman in plain and ornamental embrodiery. She was accomplished at whitework such as satin stitch.
Penelope Byrde. 'Jane Austen Fashion' (Excellent Press. 1999).
Possibly if Charles' shirts were not needed immediately, Jane may have stitiched simple embroidery, perhaps her brother's intials.
In both Letters, Jane Austen also refers to bought clothes-
Clearly, Jane Austen enjoyed cheerfully discussing clothes in her letters. :)
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