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Date: 8/22/13 3:06 PM

Just remembering a pink button-down, collared shirt Mom taught me to make while in grade school. Wish I had something sewn from way back when. In HS our Home Ec. teacher had everyone make knife-pleated skirts for a first project. Fine for those with years of 4-H experience, but a sure way to turn off beginners with that idea. I don't think anyone ever wore theirs after the required Style Show. (no slacks in school then)

So, do you have any nostalgia pieces in your closet?
What did they do to finish seams etc. without the zigzag or serger, just pinking shears?

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Date: 8/22/13 4:13 PM

I have the very first 'garment' I made in 7th grade home ec...an apron. We might get a good laugh out of it! I'll have to dig it out...kitchen is being remodeled and my things are a little all over the place.

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Date: 8/22/13 4:55 PM

I still have a dress I made in high school, back in the late 1960s. It was a knock-off of the old Villager/LadyBug dresses that were so popular back then. I have not been able to get into it since college, but I loved that dress dearly and kept it because I liked it so much. The seam allowances were pinked, so they're quite raveled from years of wear, washing & drying.

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Date: 8/22/13 6:07 PM

I have western shirts and square dance skirts that would have been made in 1973 or 74. And my wedding dress, also from 1974.

Since my DD up and left to live in Scotland and left a lot of her stuff here, I am becoming quite impressed at the amount of stuff I made for her. I had forgotten about quite a few things and was pretty surprised to see an early attempt at yoga pants, which I thought she had taken home and then tossed at the bottom of the pile, worn almost to shreds. Gave myself a little "atta girl" for that.

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Date: 8/22/13 7:17 PM

I have a little dress I made for my daughter (now 41) when she was about six months old. I made it on my Singer Touch & Buck and believe me it looks pretty sad, but that was the best I could do with that machine. Once I got that Bernina 150 and my first serger, it was a whole new era in my sewing because Bernina machines make good sewing easy.
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Date: 8/22/13 8:46 PM

I have a plaid, washable wool shirt that I made for my dad in 1957 when I was 20 years old and a Junior in college. It has flat felled seams and the plaid is perfectly matched. My dad was my biggest supporter and I loved to make shirts for him because he would wear them to work and brag to all the women about his talented daughter. Sure stroked my ego! He was only 5' 5" tall and had short arms so he loved my custom shirts. I still wear this shirt occasionally and it brings back wonderful memories.

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Date: 8/22/13 8:58 PM

I have a doll dress I made in 1967.

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Date: 8/22/13 9:53 PM

Not that I could get it zipped, but I have the costume dress I made for my high school senior play. Hmmm, now I'm curious....I've lost some weight, maybe I could get that sucker zipped!

My Dad wore a shirt I made for him, before I got married, to a family reunion this summer. My 22nd anniversary is next week. Okay, it's not in MY closet, but it's still being worn.

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Date: 8/23/13 0:37 AM

I have a couple dresses that my Grandmother and Sister made for me in the early 60's .

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Collection Measured as of 2007: 550 yards
2008 - 2011: sewn 227 yards ; garments made 97 fabric bought 329.875+ yards

2012: Sewn 17.33 yds; Garments made 6

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Date: 8/23/13 9:51 AM

Oh yes, do have my wedding dress crafted by Mom from the 70's...rather depressing when that empire style seam no longer goes UNDER the bustline, let alone zips up!

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