Bernice Langer

I have a bunch of patterns from the 1930s that were once owned by Bernice Langer of Waterloo, Wisconsin. When I bought them, I didn’t notice that they were all from the same woman. I don’t remember where I bought them, so I can’t go back and ask the seller. And that makes me really sad.

Bernice and I have similar taste in clothing, and we are about the same size. Bernice had beautiful handwriting. I’ve enjoyed reading the notes she wrote on the patterns and envelopes.

She lived near here. I can’t find the exact address, but I’m sure things have changed since the early 1930s.

I think her middle name was Caroline.

    Wendt, Bernice C.
    WATERLOO – Bernice C. Wendt, age 90 of Waterloo, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 28, 2006. She was born on June 8, 1915 in Waterloo, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Hafenstein) Langer. She married William Wendt on Aug. 31, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She graduated from Waterloo High School in 1933. She was part of the Waterloo Business Community for many years. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church participating in many church activities including church organist. She was also a member of the Waterloo Historical Society and the Waterloo American Legion Auxillary. Survivors include her son, William (Carol) Wendt of Waterloo; daughter, Laura (John) Frey of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Brian (Cindy) Wendt, Amy Wendt, and Adam (Amy) Zimmerman; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Wendt, Elisabeth Hahn, and Emma Zimmerman; sister-in-law, Helen Langer of Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends; and a special friend, Kate Radke. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William on July 29, 1985; and two brothers. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 11 a.m. at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Waterloo. The Rev. Robert Kosky will officiate. Burial will take place in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Waterloo. Friends may call on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the church until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waterloo EMS or a charity of one’s choice. The Pederson Funeral Home, 143 S. Washington St., Waterloo is serving the family.

That’s her (ref.

Rest in Peace, Bernice. I would have liked to have known you.


Pin Weaving



I took a class with Shirley Adams a while back. She demoed needlepunch and pin-weaving. She also showed off some of her clothes and bags that she’d made with the 2 techniques. I haven’t tried any of her patterns. They were not recommended by some local sewing friends. However, I’m intrigued by the idea. I sorta do the same thing, like when I turned my t-shirt into a cheongsam. Anyway, I resisted her patterns. I did buy the set of books. I highly recommend them. They are loaded with great information on altering and morphing patterns.

Sewing Stuff

Snow White Dress from Sewing World Magazine

No, I am not sewing, unless you count the hand slip stitching that I’m doing on Chugita’s quilt. Personally, I don’t count that.

That dress to the left is Anne Armstrong-Jones’ silk twill “Snow White” dress was made by Charles James in 1938 (ref. Sewing World magazine). I love the print. I find it rather freeing that the pattern is NOT matched across the center front seams. I’m not sure that I feel so free as to not match the pattern if I were to make such a dress, but this is a couture dress made specifically for one person, and they didn’t match the pattern on the center front! Maybe it’s more mind-boggling than freeing. I’m not sure.

In addition to the fabric, the sleeves and the collar are very interesting. That tuck thing on the sleeves should be easy to do, if I ever sew anything for myself ever again. (Only kidding.) I don’t think I’d do the neckline, but I do admire it. I am too busty for it. A lower cut neckline would suit me better. Hm.

Anyway, cool dress, what?

Feliz Navidad

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it’s all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

Your Christmas Song Is

Sleigh Ride

Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “You Hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Sure, Christmas is great
But you just enjoy the long winter break!

You Don’t Drink Too Much

Looks like you’re a social drinker, at worst!
Keep partying, but as always, know when you’ve hit your limit.

Sunday's Quizes

Your Holiday Stress Level is Moderate

The holidays sometimes stress you out, but mostly because they wear you down.
Take it easy! You can have a fun holiday without running yourself ragged.

Your Elf Name Is…

Stubby Ho-Ho-Ho

You Are a Fruitcake!

You taste like nothing else in this world.
And get ready, you’re about to get tossed!