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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, April LETHIRIDQE Sewers' lib no longer just for 'women only' By JOANNE SCHREIBER "Honey, I need a new formal for the PTA dance." Traditionally, this line is the lead into a rousing family argument and budget discussion. But today, Dad may instead head for the sewing machine and whip up a home-sewn original, guaranteed to dazzle the competition. Nor will he stop at making a dress for his wife. He's perfectly capable of making a jacket, shirt and slacks for himself, clothes for the kids, draperies for the living room, and a winter cover for the boat. Sewing is no longer labeled "for women only." Men have equal opportunity to invade fabric shops, select patterns and join the sewing spree. Take the case of Burton Gerke of Baltimore, Md. In less than a year, he completed the following items: 3 suits, size 43 (two with extra pants) 2 sports jackets, size 36 5 pairs slacks, 28" waist 1 white bikini, girl's size 8 1 women's fake fur coat 1 women's crushed velveteen blazer 1 man's all-weather topper Some of Gerke's creations 'are for himself, some for his wife Catherine, and some for his youngsters David, 17, Debbie, 13. and Linda, 11. According to Mrs. Gerke, it all began just a year ago last Christmas when her husband had a week's vacation He spotted a pile of mending by the sewing machine, tackled it, and discovered that sewing is both easy and fun. Then he ventured into a local fabric shop, discovered the wonderful world of doubleknits, and a book which promised to set him on the road to successful sewing for himself. This book, a straightforward spiral- bound volume, is titled "Sewing Knits by Judy Lawrence of Boulder, Colo It gave Gerke the basic information he needed concerning fabrics, patterns, sewing techniques and construction details for slacks, vests and golf shirts. Now, he can turn out a perfect pair o! slacks for David (28 waist. 33 length) in four hours, and is currently tailoring a suit for himself. Gerke does his sewing in the "back which also holds the TV. a piano and an organ. He averages a day-and-a- half per weekend, plus a-couple of evenings, at the machine. Mrs. Gerke sews, too, and likes to crochet and knit. Debbie is learning to sew, and the family works together on draperies and other household items What makes Mr Gerke such a sewing He says that his work with a tool firm has nothing to do with it. "It's not the machine I enjoy it's the saving, and the accomplishment." Mrs. Gerke says that his patience has a lot to do with his success "He loves little tedious things." He applies the same precision to woodworking, and is currently building closets for a neighbor. Last summer, he installed a swimming pool himself There's just one item he wishes he could buy a male dress form, to help fit his suit jackets. The dress form problem was solved by a 95-year-old former cabinetmaker, James B. Tnpp of Garden Grove, Calif. When he began to sew his own jacket-shirts about 10 years ago, he, too. needed a form He put on an old knit turtleneck; covered it with a layer of masking tape, cut it off, taped it back together, stuffed the stiffened shirt and mounted it on a stand. What makes a man invade the traditionally feminine arena of home sewing? Relaxation is the reason given by Richard Washington of Savannah, Ga.. head football coach for the Johnson High Atomsmashers. After a touch practice session, he relaxes by stitching himself a flashy pair of doubleknit bells. Working on a vintage Singer, with guidance from his wife, Clem, he .has created jump suits, dashikis, vest suits and lots of slacks. The male ego. or anything-you-can-do-I- can-do-better syndrome, accounts for quite a bit of manjy stitching. Forrest Hodge of Roanoke, Va., made himself a pair of yoked slacks "just to prove to wife that a man can sew." There are men who simply enjoy the intricate machinery of a sewing machine, which can certainly do more tricks than the most advanced power drill, lawnmower or outboard motor. To Joe Sammons of Norfolk, Va., "It's more complex and exciting than a sports car." Fashion-conscious males turn to sewing just because they can't find what they want in the stores. Says oje Winters of Raleigh, N.C., "I want to make suits. Something different. Mod. My own thing." Economy is often mentioned. As Coach Washington asks, "Why should I pay lourteen dollars for a pair of slacks when I can invest a dollar in a pattern and produce the same thing for around five Then there's the competitive factor, which causes boys to enter and win sewing contests. The Singer Company reports that two boys sewed their way to the national semi-finals of their annual World Stylemaker Competition, placing among the top 75 in a field of entries. Both are from North Carolina Charles Pruitt of Winston-Salem. and Gary Smith of Concord Another Southern boy, 14-year-old Nathan Kincaid of Fairmont, W. Va., won in the local level of the competition. In high schools across the country, boys are enrolling in cooking and sewing classes, while the girls learn shop and metalwork In St. Louis, Mo., 23 boys were enrolled in an all-male home ec. course. Mrs. Rosemary Seidel, their instructor, plans to make all the home ec. classes co- ed, so boys and girls can learn together. In Spearman, Tex., sewing instructor Beth Bourland says this of her boy students: "They are as good as girls are when first introduced to sewing. They've shown themselves to be every bit as dexterous. And the boys seem to catch on faster to the reasons why a sewing operation must be done a certain way." Do the boys take a ribbing from their nonsewing pals? Not as much as you might expect possibly because the sewing classes often number football players and track stars among the students. Women's Wear Daily, noting the new phenomenon, predicts that more and more men will join the 45-million women who sew. "Only the stigma of femininity has kept more men from observes WWD. "and the younger generation doesn't seem to have such hangups." Add zest lo your garden New flower breeds lauded By MILLICENT TAYLOR Christian Science Monitor Six new annual flowers and two new vegetables have won the All-America Selections awards for 1974. Home gardeners who like to add something fresh each season will enjoy growing these award winners. The six flowers are two new MEALS ON WHEELS AT NOMINAL COST For Furthtr Information Phone 327-7990 Member of Community Social hybrid zinnias, a dwarf triploid hybrid marigold, a dianthus, a cosmos, and a plumed celosia. The two vegetable winners are a bush acorn squash and a wax bean. All-America Selections founded in 1932 to test new varieties ol flowers and vegetables and to make awards, has 30 trial gardens for flower testing and 23 for vegetables throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Recently both Britain and Europe have set up their own trials modeled pretty much on the same general plan. Zinnia Scarlet Ruffles, a gold medal winner, is a new version of the popular cut-and- come-again class. The color is a deep scarlet, the ball shaped flowers are ruffled and fully double, stiff and upright on long stems. A specially heavy bloomer on plants about 28 inches tall, the more you cut the pretty flowers the more you will have. The blooms are not large (about 2'z inches) but vigorous and long lasting and will be gay in the garden and in flower arrangements from late June to hard frost. Zinnia Peter Pan Orange, a bronze medal winner, has flowers up to four inches across on dwarf foot-high plants a glowing flame- orange. It brings the total number of colors in this Peter Pan class to four, the others being pink, plum, and scarlet. The Peter Pans now hold two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze. Pauline McGibbon sworn in Pauline McGibbon sits at left and in a close-up at right as she listens to Ontario Premier William Davis' speech tribute to her moments after she was sworn in as Ontario's first woman lieutenant-governor this week at Queen's Park Legislature. The 45-minute ceremony was sprinkled with quotes from Chaucer and allusions to a women's place in government, punctu- ated by shrill blasts from the ceremonial trumpeters. Don't Overlook NOOK Coming Soon! THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "I'm not surprised that it doesn't start that's your clogged drain language you've been using on it." Clean-up starts Monday Brownies, girl guides and Rangers will be out in full force Monday and Wednesday throughout the city for their annual Keep Lethbridge Beautiful campaign. The girls conduct the clean- up of parks, school yards and green strips as a public thank you for the support they have received from concerned persons throughout the year. Yvonne Storfie, publicity and public relations officer, says the girls would appreciate being acknowledged by motorists who "might blow their horn to give the youngsters encouragement." ANYONE FOR BUTTONS? YORKTON, Sask. (CP) Mrs. Jake Meekma would like to dispose of her buttons but no one wants them. Mrs. Meekma, 78, began collecting buttons in 1942 and now has 12.000 of and horn, wood, metal, smoke and saltwater pearl, mirror back, celluloid, blood, glass, crystal and jet buttons. THE BONNYDALE BEAUTY SALON is proud to announce Betty is back! Now promoting Summer Hair Cuts, Styles and Mini Perms Perms to suit Your Hair and Budget BETTY JACKSON Do drop will be happy to see her many friends and patrons again Three operators to serve you! Nelda Happ, Alice Gordon Betty Jackson PHONE 328-1637 FOR AN APPOINTMENT BONNYDALE BEAUTY SALON 1414 17th St. S. Phone 328-1637 CAN YOU FACE ANOTHER HOT SUMMER WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING? INTRODUCING 1974 AIR CONDITIONERS For Your Purchase of O-x loo'ring for o brand new home? ART DRIEDIGER CAN HELP SFNO FOR YOUR FREE 197') HOME BUYE.HS GUIDE Box 3034. Station 'B'. Calgary, Alberta, T2M 4L6 Due To Popular Demand John and David Galbraith announces their last LOS Holy Land Tour WILL LEAVE JUNE 6th spend 3 weeks in GREECE, EGYPT ISRAEL We'll land in Athens, visit Corinth, see Grecian folk dancers, the Aergsoles, etc. We'll see the pyramids, take a cruise down the Nile, ride camels, etc. We'll visit Petra. a desert city carved out of stone, tour the old city of Jerusalem, and the holy places there, as well as seeing the modern city. We'll see Jacobs Well, the Garden Tomb, Armageddon, Jericho, Nazareth. Mt. ot Beatitude, Camel Markets, etc. Don't Miss This One! For Further Information Contact Evelyn Jensen Box 555 or Phona 752-2035, Raymond "TH ROUND JNE" AT YOUR LOCAL DEALER COMPETITIVE LOW PRICES YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM CARRIER A CHEQUE 1874 1709-2nd Ave.S. Phone 328-5973 ;