"The sewing bee got under way at the Malones' the next morning. Five minutes after Dulcie drove up in her father's pickup and carried in the portable sewing machine and set it on the dining table, the room became a noisy and cluttered dressmaking shop. Lengths of bright colored print and small mounds of sheer white goods were piled on table, chairs, and sideboard. Streamers of braid or rickrack or lace tripped the unwary. Spools of thread rolled underfoot.
'Just three days to make two tiered skirts and four fiesta blouses,' Dulcie said. 'So it's full steam ahead, my hearties.'"
--Lenora Mattingly Weber, The More the Merrier (1958)