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Reprise: French seams

Some slaves/servants were highly-skilled domestic craftsmen. The novel’s widow Parthenia Leila Ellis’s housekeeper/slave Natalie, for instance. Natalie was skilled at sewing French seams even in silk, while her mistress was afraid of sewing silk at all. The French seam remains in use … Continue reading

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French seams

Some slaves/servants were highly-skilled domestic craftsmen. The widow Ellis’s housekeeper/slave Natalie, for instance, was skilled at sewing French seams in silk, while her mistress was terrified of sewing silk at all. The French seam remains in use because it is … Continue reading

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