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Got a compliment the other day
Michelle T

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Date: 6/2/12 11:55 AM

I got a great compliment the other day on my well loved, well worn leather jacket.

It made me realize that my leather jacket is my oldest still worn garment. I bought it the the Fall of 1996 for $149.00 at LLBean. I have had it cleaned once and had the sleeves hemmed once (they were long and had started to wear on the hem).

The lining is still in beautiful shape.

Probably the best clothing investment I have ever made. And I will admit, DH had to convince me to buy it, because $149.00 was a lot of money as I was off work with my 2nd child at the time.

What item of clothing have you had the longest that you still wear.

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Date: 6/2/12 1:38 PM

I still wear a camel wool coat that my mom made in the early 80's. its a wrap with a shawl collar. It has had several different fur collars attatched and taken off. It has a few moth holes, but I wear it anyway. I also have a black leather jacket from the same time period. I wear it, and so do my daughters. good times.

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Date: 6/2/12 1:42 PM

I have two tops I wear that I bought in the early 90s. Really. Both from boutiques in the mall here who have gone their ways years ago. Both tops are really quality cotton, and I just cannot find this quality now. And we will not mention my wool coat from 1992 because it is MADE IN USA. WOW....by the Ladies Garment Workers Union. I love that coat. Dark green....oh - I mentioned it! :)

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Date: 6/2/12 2:16 PM

White t-shirt my sister gave me because it was to small for her.
The printing on the front is faded but you can still read "Myrtle Beach, South Carolina" accross the chest.
Have no idea why I like to wear that shirt? The shirt has to be 10 plus years old.

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Date: 6/2/12 2:36 PM

Ha! I beat all of you so far! I still wear 2 wrap skirts that I made in 1978. I still have the pattern, too. The amazing thing is that the skirts still fit!

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Date: 6/2/12 2:38 PM

Ladies Garment Workers Union- I know that nowadays Unions have a bad name. However, my grandmother, Bubby Rose, was probably a founding member of this union and for good reasons. She was an amazing seamstress too. As to the oldest item of clothing still worn- here's a Bubby Rose story. When my dad was courting my mom, he bought her a luxurious quilted robe that she apparently wore to death. Not so to my Bubby's eye. She took the good stuff and made seat covers that were long lived. My dad still gets a chuckle out of that and he turned 92 on Monday. Upcycling means we can still wear our favorites in another way for a looooong time.

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Date: 6/2/12 2:44 PM

I don't think anyone's complimenting me on my Natori blue cotton velveteen bathrobe from around 1985. What do they know? All the same, I'll never part with it and like you Michelle, this was a real splurge. It's only gotten softer and better with age. Note to self on that thought! I just put my robe on and feel great. Deep pockets, generous wrap, perfect length sleeves and the right amount of low key trim that has survived a gazillion washes. If the house were burning down, I'd grab it.

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Date: 6/2/12 2:45 PM

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Ha! I beat all of you so far! I still wear 2 wrap skirts that I made in 1978. I still have the pattern, too. The amazing thing is that the skirts still fit!

I'm with you there! I have two polyester knit turtlenecks that I bought in 1978. I remember them because I wore them when I was pregnant with my first, under a maternity jumper that I'd sewed. I wonder if they'd look good with your skirts? They still look new, even with wearing them regularly every winter.
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Date: 6/2/12 3:15 PM

My oldest garment I still have, but retired two years ago. It had been worn for 45 years.
It was a winter coat my mother bought from her first wages to attend her brother's wedding She was 18 at the time, which means the purchase date was 1962 or 63. She wore it for years until her early 30's I think. I remember her wearing it when I was little
I found it about 12-15 years later in my late teens and wore it ever since. It moved with me to NZ and back again. Two years ago it really really died. The back around the bum is worn and really beyond repair. I still have it, just not ready to say goodbye.

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Date: 6/2/12 3:22 PM

This is kind of odd. There's some back story, to it, sorry.

My dad's grandmother was a pattern maker for Hollywood patterns, costumer for several large H'wood films and a seamstress for Al Capone at different times in her life. In doing so, she wound up with both the original Levi material and pattern.

My dad loves Levis.

She made both my dad and his grandfather these in the 40s or 50s. I have my dad's grandpa's jeans. So they're from the 50s based on an 1880s pattern. And they are white from age and washing, but damn do they last. I also have my great grandmother's skirt from the 1930s, and it's still in really good shape. It's black and a little faded, but rit dye would make it alright again. (I used to work as a waitress and wore it to work for many, many years.)

As far as less weird things, and not from dead people in my family, my little black dress was bought in 1966 by my mom. It was from some boutique on Rodeo Drive (back when it was Rodeo Road and pronounced like the sporting event) and made of the worst polyester imaginable. But again...it's held like iron and looks good.

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