“Up on the housetop reindeer pause,
Out jumps dear old Santa Claus;” sang Shirley.
Ina and Shirley had combined ironing day with mending day. Shirley was ironing while Ina mended and also finished the nightgown for Sadie’s doll. As they worked, Shirley cheerfully sang lively Christmas songs -- tunes suggested by the whir of the treadle machine.
Ina had expected company from town today, but plans were cancelled due to winter weather and Christmas doings. She was disappointed and relieved at the same time. She really had plenty to do to finish the nightdress and the mending.
Combining ironing day and mending day really made sense, Ina thought. Pressing seams with a hot iron made all the difference in the look of the finished product.
As daylight began to fade, Ina finished the little gown and tried it on the doll. “It will do,” she said, admitting to herself that she was having fun with this project. Tomorrow, maybe she’d have time to make a little dress. KW