Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fashion! Turn to the Left! Fashion! Turn to the Right! PART ONE

A few days ago, I received a great big box in the mail from my friend Jill.  Jill and I were friends in high school, and reconnected through FB.  I'm lucky enough in that she comes through this area regularly, so I get to look forward to seeing her on a semi-often basis.  She was totally fun and cool in HS, and I was not surprised to find out she was still fun and cool, with 2 beautiful kids.

Anyway, quite a while ago, when I decided to get serious about sewing, she had offered to send me some of her mother's old patterns, but I had completely forgotten about it.  You should have been there  to hear the SQUEEEEEE when I opened the box to find dozens of patterns from the 70s, 80s and early 90s.

Did you collect stickers when you were a kid?  Well, I did, and after a particularly good haul from Sandylion or a really diverse bunch from Hallmark, I'd come home and spread them all over the floor and touch them all as if they were rare treasures needing study and classification.  I know for a fact that there's at least one reader that remembers this because she was there.

ANYWAY, you'll love the patterns too, I hope.  What's interesting is that apart from the styling, most of the lines are similar if not the same ass what you see now, and the pieces are really good.  But, really folks, let's face that a LOT of the styling is dead on hilarious, even though I wore tons of it - and can't wait to make some of it again!

...more pile.....             
...rest of the pile...

Isn't that amazing?  I have to admit I was over-freaking-whelmed with delight!

Patterns I Think are Beautiful

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the backdrop for the patterns.  This was created by my brother, Kenneth, who is a master quilt-maker.  Isn't it gorgeous?
Beautiful! I love dress C the most, as the back of the dress falls from pleated gatherings. This is only from 1999. so even though it is only 12 years old, it manages to be classic instead of trendy.  I would make this for a special event.  



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