Ruby Manning, 79, has been taking the school’s sewing class for the past five decades.
“Forty-nine or 50 years. I guess I’m too dumb to graduate,” said Manning, laughing, as she slid a rotary blade through fabric to make an Asian quilt.
In these five decades, Manning’s hands, aided by a trusty sewing machine, have made her daughter’s prom dress, wedding dress and suits fit for a law career. She recently completed her granddaughter’s prom dress. Almost everything Manning knows about needle and thread she learned from Evonne Peterson, who has taught sewing at Oxnard Adult School for 53 years.