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Date: 2/9/13 7:58 PM

I was doing a little 'browser window shopping' and I noticed that nothing for women, except jackets seem to have real sleeves anymore. None of the tops/dresses have sleeves, except for maybe a few billowy, cut-on sleeves. Even things for early-spring or winter! And instead of shaping, lots of drawstring waists.

Is this the new way to cut costs? No tailoring, no sleeves and no linings? For 79 dollars?

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Date: 2/9/13 7:59 PM

Or even 179! Sigh. Not good for us older persons with arms we do not wish to display.

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Subject: No sleeves! Is this the new cost cut? Date: 2/9/13 9:49 PM

I like the styles that they have. After loosing weight I'm reconstructing my wardrobe piece by piece. Several tops with tight sleeves are now sleeveless shells, a couple knit skirts turned into color blocked tops with cut on sleeves. If these styles stay in for a while it should help reduce fabric stash, after all not much effort required to cut 2 rectangle pieces with a neckline shaping, serge and roll hem. Helps prevent the UFO's from pilling up. As far as paying the $$ cost of RTW

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Subject: No sleeves! Is this the new cost cut? Date: 2/9/13 10:05 PM

That's a drag. We still have a dress code at work requiring us to keep shoulders covered at all times.

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Date: 2/9/13 10:35 PM

No tailoring, no sleeves and no linings...I could not find a jacket with normal long sleeves....it seems that all jackets are with shortened sleeves just below an elbow, no lining on med-to-heavy items.... They do not bother with those things anymore...It seems in order to have a proper fit, lining, etc. I have to go to high-end seamstress-dressmaker that is insanely expensive $$$$.... I am back to my sewing machine - sewing more and better. May be one day I will be ready to make a Chanel style fitted jacket... with a collar....

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Subject: No sleeves! Is this the new cost cut? Date: 2/10/13 4:28 AM

Ive found that problem for years in womens dresses. Almost all are sleeveless. Thats why I sew my own.

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Date: 2/10/13 8:03 AM

I get so tired of the clothing companies and their executives singing the blues because they don't have enough money to make something decent. And for all the exorbitant prices they charge, only to sit back and live in expensive homes, drive expensive cars, etc., while we consumers of their product have to drive klunkers, etc., it's ridiculous. Talk about someone wanting to make a buck! They probably make more in a given year than the last US Presidential election campaign contributions.

I remember when unlined jackets first came out. They were the pits! Rode up on your sleeves, off grain, didn't fit right, etc. But the clothing companies made it sound special--like wearing an unlined jacket was the thing for summer. Yeah, right.

This is the one reason why I make my clothing. I don't give a hoot if I have to look "in style", if being "in style" shows a lack of design, fabric, etc. I prefer my own style to "look in."

Sorry for the rant, but it's about time we stood up and said, "He** no!"

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Date: 2/10/13 8:09 AM

You said it Miss Fairchild ! Its so long since I've bought anything rtw, that I find the prices literally incredible when I go window shopping. How gullible can people be?

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Date: 2/10/13 8:37 AM

It has slowly been getting worse!! Thankfully I haven't been in a clothing store for myself since I went on the making me own clothes for a year. I did purchase dd some nice shirts Ls & ss from Cabelas on sale. They fit well, not tight, and wash well each week and last several years. (my minimum requirements) Also they don't look like they were thrown together. Keep sewing. I am being forced to lost weight or sewing for myself this spring as my clothes choices in my closet are slim right now............and I refuse to spend $ on something I can make better at home.

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Subject: No sleeves! Is this the new cost cut? Date: 2/10/13 10:26 AM

If you don't like the clothes in your local stores, stop shopping and start sewing.

As far as sewing inspiration goes, you can still find hundreds or thousands of beautiful garments with long, set in sleeves on the high end snoop shopping websites like Saks and Neiman's. If you shop for fabric carefully and your sewing skills are up to the task, you can recreate almost anything you want for a tiny fraction of the RTW cost.




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