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Date: 8/21/11 11:55 AM

Article I stumbled upon while surfing Yahoo... major brands trying to get by with using less fabric, using clever ways to get us to think we're getting more value in RTW...

Higher prices for back to school clothes

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Subject: This is why Im glad I sew. Date: 8/21/11 1:21 PM

I read that too. $10 for 10 extra buttons to create a new and trendy design detail.
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January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 8/21/11 4:01 PM

I have noticed where prices have not increased, quality has gone down. Shopping for my dd I have been seeing lots of unfinished edges in knits and thinner and lower quality fabrics.

It is really hard for me to take because I no longer have the time to sew most of her clothes like I did when she was little and I have to buy mainly RTW for her.

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Date: 8/21/11 8:21 PM

It probably doesn't save them money, but I can't stand the 'trend' in prints that have white sections in the middle of the print as if the fabric had been wrinkled when it went into the printing machine. It just looks like a reject print to me, even though it is printed that way on purpose (this time).

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Date: 8/21/11 8:40 PM

I used to shop at Talbots a lot when I worked a corporate job. I noticed the quality getting worse and worse. I'm glad I have time to sew now!

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Date: 8/21/11 8:51 PM

Quote: Nikki
It probably doesn't save them money, but I can't stand the 'trend' in prints that have white sections in the middle of the print as if the fabric had been wrinkled when it went into the printing machine. It just looks like a reject print to me, even though it is printed that way on purpose (this time).

Yes! What is up with that??? I first noticed this about two months ago and now I see it everywhere. It looks like everyone is wearing really cheap, low quality, fell-off-a-truck offcuts. I mean, I guess they are really cheap and low quality, but on purpose. Yuck! I think it is so ugly and terrible.

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Date: 8/21/11 8:59 PM

corrected link

And on the actual article, it was hard to follow the content with such terrible editing!

""We're not seeing deflation or inflation; we're seeing con-flation," he said. "Stores are making consumers believe their getting more for their money.""

and a few paragraphs later...

Spencer Elmen, owner of Cupid's Lingerie, which operates five stores in Arkansas, said he is seeing more items in his store that are even skimpier than usual, from underwear to mini dresses. He says that's because designers are finding clever ways to conceal the fact that they're clothes have less fabric.""

Two their/they're problems!!!

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So close to parity, yet so far

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Yards purchased: 133
Yards sewn: Somewhere around 95

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Subject: This is why Im glad I sew. Date: 8/21/11 9:27 PM

I've noticed for a couple years that even upscale department stores are selling tops and blouses for $70-$80 that are made from cheap poly georgette that can be had for $1 in certain places.

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January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 8/21/11 10:24 PM

The clothes in my store have come in at a higher price. But the quilty of the fabric hasn't changed. Our tops brands that we carry are jones sport signature, Ralph Lauren, clavin Klein, dressy and denim and ann taylor. some of our prices have gone up 10.00.

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Date: 8/22/11 8:19 AM

Food mfg. are doing the same thing-shrinking boxes, candy bars, etc. then charging more.
I realized it's not my body that's changed, my favorite Hanes/Fruit of the Loom underwear is cutting out fabric too. Plus my 11 hard-to-find shoes are not always 11's in reality.

I think with the huge Teenage market, mfg. are content to make thin 1-season clothing too. Right now I am re-doing elastic that snapped in a couple of my GD's Target tops after just a few washings. Oh for the days when you got 2-3 extra inches in pants' hems to let down for long legs!

And of course we grandmas are rather dismayed at 8-year olds dressing like the 17-year olds of yesterday, and pining after Justin Bieber instead of dolls. How do you moms handle that?!

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