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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 1962045 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

my home town has a VERY extensive museum.  I may see if they want it.

All righty.  Lemme know what they say.  :-)

Dee I would see if you can take that dress to someone that is a professional dressmaker and see if there is a way they can "remake" it for your daughter. My wedding dress has quite the big skirt and a train. My daughter can't wear it because she is quite busty and I am not............that said there is plenty of fabric in that dress to make her an incredible wedding dress of her own. She wants more of mermaid style so I think we can just use it for fabric and she can have a beautiful least we are talking about it. She is engaged and will be getting married in less than two years.


From: MelRN


They all look cute, except why are they slouching so much?!

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:

A bunch of old sewing patterns for CLOTHING, 99% of which have never been used. 

I already got rid of those.  I've been going through my fabric deciding what I like and might actually use and donating some to the church quilt group and a friend who does lots of Linus quilts.  It's about time to go through my quilt patterns again to get realistic about what I will actually make.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

It would do our kids good to ponder the fact that we (the parents) were young once and may have looked much, much cooler than we do now.   We even had Interesting Lives before they arrived.   :-)

So true.  I even wore hot pants in the 70's.  We were fortunate not to have to deal with man of the things the youth of today are dealing with.  I pray for my grandkids daily and their parents.

I wish that I had saved the fabric  scraps, my mother was at least a size 10 and I was a 2, so when it was altered there had to be a bunch of fabric cut away.  We could use that to remake the neckline.  Oh well.  I'm not sure she would even want to wear it, I guess I'll ask her.  Though she's pretty negative on ever getting married at this point.  She turned 30 yesterday.

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


I once disassembled a Gunne Sax skirt to salvage the fabric.  I felt like Attila the Hun.  LOL!

Cris in  MT


5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


Because slouching was way cool!

Cris in MT (a teen-aged sloucher)



From: judyinohio


Hot pants?!  Did you say "hot pants"?  stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes

Here I am in May, 1971, wearing a hot pants outfit and a straight hair wig, both items purchased at the BX prior to a party at Wurtsmith AFB. Our son (age 3) got tears in his eyes when he saw my "hair hat" and I had to take it off and reveal my curly brighter red hair to reassure him that his real mommy was still there under the wig.

The only way I could have fashionable straight hair was to wear a wig ....

Oh, remember back in the 1980s, when dresses looked somewhat like the ones from the 1880s?  LOLOL  Long gathered skirts, long or short huge puffy sleeves, big collars, some with lace?  I had a few of those dresses, wore them to work and church, and thought they were very dressy and classy.  I especially liked the ones with "sailor" collars and drop-waist, but the high-waisted gathered ones too.  They were EVERYWHERE in the 1980s.  On The Golden Girls, Rose had a green one with a huge "pilgrim" collar.  A lot of people also called them "prairie dresses."  It was a very feminine look at the time.  If you wore one of those dresses today, you would look like the 54th wife in a polygamous cult.  LOL  I worked in law offices for several years, and it was a long time before I stopped wearing dresses or skirts and pantyhose every day - yikes!  I guess I was one of the last ones to switch over to "pant suits" and later slacks and tops.  Long before "casual Friday" and wearing jeans to the office.  Hah!  But I digress.

Some time after the popularity of those dresses had waned, you could find a lot of the dresses and skirts in thrift stores, and it was a GREAT source of fabric, because many of those dresses were 100% cotton, great quality fabric.  Top brand names too - I found L.L. Bean, even Neiman-Marcus, but especially LAURA ASHLEY.   Sometimes you could "harvest" several yards of fabric from just one dress, with those long, gathered skirts and sleeves!

Just Google "Laura Ashley 1980s" and see what you get!  (I had a sailor dress almost like that last one, and I loved it so much!)