In the late 1800s, Joseph and Mary Fabrocosk left Poland and landed on Ellis Island. Settling in Chicago, Joseph worked as a window washer, and Mary worked as a seamstress doing alterations and repairs as well as creating original designs. Clothes hung from lines strung across every room in their tiny house. Some weeks, Mary brought in more money than her husband, but she never told him. Mary passed on her sewing skills to her granddaughter, Arlene, who in turn passed them on to her daughter, Mary Fabrocosk, who was my great grandmother. I guess sewing is just in my blood.