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Many soldiers carried a "housewife," or sewing kit, containing needles, thread, thimbles and other items for mending clothing. Repairs made by soldiers in camp could include sewing on buttons and insignia, mending tears, and even replacing the lining of jackets. This kit is in the museum's collection.
Rosalie Hierholzer's wedding dress is made from the parachute that saved her future husband's life during World War II. Rosalie's aunt Lora simply cut around the bullet holes. The dress is now on exhibition in "American Stories." Blog post and photo of Rosalie's wedding day: s.si.edu/ftNZz