1376. If you mend your apron or dress while on you, some one will lie
Maine and Alabama.
1377. As many stitches as you take (in mending a garment while wearing
it), so many lies will be told about you.
1378. If a garment is mended while being worn, it is a sign the wearer
will do something he is ashamed of before the week is out.
1379. If one mends his clothes upon his back,
It is a sign his trouble will never come back.
1380. Basting threads left in a garment signify that it is not yet paid
Massachusetts and Ohio.
1381. Put your clothes on the wrong side out and you'll have a present
before the week is out.
1382. If, when dressing, one puts on any of his clothing wrong side out,
it is a sign that he will soon receive a present.
1383. If you happen to put your skirt on wrong side out, you are likely
to get a new one.
1384. You mustn't talk when some article of dress you are wearing is
being mended, or some one will talk or tell lies about you.
1385. In dressing for a journey, if you wish to have good luck, dress the
right foot first.
1386. If the hem of a lady's dress turns up, she is sure to have a new
1387. While sewing on a garment, should you sew it to your dress by
mistake, as many stitches as you take, so many lies will be told about
1388. If you break your needle in making a dress, you will live to wear
it out. If you tear a hole in a new dress, the first time wearing it, you
will have a new one before that is worn out.
Deer Isle, Me.
1389. If you break a needle in sewing a new gown, it is a sure sign you
will live to wear out the garment.
1390. If you break your needle in making a garment, or have to rip out
some of it, you will live to wear it out.
1391. If a white petticoat falls below your dress, it is a sign that your
father loves you better than your mother.
1392. Crooked pins are a sign that the owner is an old maid.
Province of Quebec, Can.
1393. Should a friend withdraw a ring from the finger of another, it is a
sign it will break friendship. The owner should take off the ring and
hand it to the friend.
1394. A hole in the toe of your shoe or stocking, so as to show the toe,
means a letter.
1395. Old shoes, particularly the soles, were often buried by negro
servants on Monday morning to keep the devil down through the week.
1396. Save the old shoes to throw after the carriage, when any of the
family start on a journey; it will insure a safe return.
1397. Wear the boot (or shoe) on the side, a rich man's bride;
On the toe, spend as you go;
On the heel, love to do weel;
On the ball, live to spend all.
1398. Hole in the toe, spend as you go:
Hole at the side, be a rich bride;
Hole at the heel, spend as you feel;
Hole on the ball, live to spend all.
1399. Wear at the toe, live to see woe;
Wear at the side, live to be a bride;
Wear at the ball, live to spend all;
Wear at the heel, live to save a deal.
1400. Wear on the toe,
Spend as you go;
Wear on the ball,
Love to spend all.
Wear on the side,
You'll be a rich bride.
1401. Of stockings:--
Wear at the toe,
Spend as you go:
Wear at the heel,
Spend a good deal;
Wear at the ball,
You'll live to spend all.