A hussif or housewife or hussy is a small sewing kit which was used on travels to keep necessary sewing tools handy.
Why is a sewing kit called a housewife?
The term housewife referring to a portable sewing kit was used in print for the first time in 1749. Such kits were also known as a “hussif”. … Before the advent of safety pins the housewife was useful for mending uniforms and sewing on buttons, ranks, and awards.
What was a housewife in army kit?
The ‘Housewife’ holdall/pouch contained all that a soldier would require to carry out any repairs to his clothing when necessary.
What is a Hussif?
a woman, typically a married woman, who keeps house, usually without having paid employment. Also called: hussy, huswife (ˈhʌzɪf ), hussif (ˈhʌsɪf) mainly British.
It consisted of a few buttons — black, white, olive green, navy blue and khaki, a pack of needles, hooks, safety pins, thread rolls matching the colours of the buttons, small portable scissors, nail clipper, etc.