We have an amazing selection of crafts available to us today – for hobby level enterprises. There’s dressmaking; qulting; knitting; crochet; embroidery; etc. all making things lovingly and in our spare time. Far gone are the days when when everybody relied on one of the household to own a sewing machine and the knowledge of how to use it. In our family this was my maternal grandmother – she was such a whizz at making clothes. We very rarely had new items bought from a shop. Apart from school uniform items and undies – which came from the co-op. Gran seemed to simply take something we had been bought or passed down to us, make a pattern of same out of brown paper and alter it as approprate for each child. We had home made coats too and one year, for a special easter holiday she made the three of us identical skirt suits – like Chanel mini-mes !