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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Always in fashion



Today, people learn home decorating from HGTV and cooking from the Food Network. But from the '50s to the '80s, novices learned how to sew from the books of Adele P. Margolis.

Now 97, the Weston resident has reissued a book of techniques that the children and grandchildren of her first readers will still find useful; and she is preparing a new one to help her long-time fans tailor clothing to the quirks of physique that come with age.

Just to show that she's as good with the pen as the pin, she has published a book of her own poetry.

"It's so astonishing that I'd still be writing at 97, but it won't be in the future," Margolis said. "We think about old people as decrepit, but the brain continues. It's kind of wicked to be forced out of things when you want to go on."

Read more of Stephanie Siek's story in tomorrow's Globe West.

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