July 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm #907STEVE BParticipant
Anyone know where that is from or what the brand is? That thing is hot! I need to get one for my wife. I’m referring to the short thing she had on on June 22nd.July 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm #14809caseyParticipant
It looks to me like a maid outfit. However, the color is great on her. Sami can wear just about any color.July 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm #14810
(I saw purple not blue on my t.v.); I’m sure just about any store like Macy’s, Nordstroms, Forever 21, etc., would carry the style…it’s actually a very old style as we wore those the exact same dresses 35 to 40 years ago in HS…if you wait long enough and what was once fashionable will come around again.
Remember Ms. Spears school girl look was suppose to look all hot and new styled – PLEEEEZE, all the school girls dress like that in my day, (sans showing the underwear)…but please no more striped bell bottoms or platforms or paisley please.July 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm #14813PattiParticipant
It was blue on all three of my TVs, even the big-screen HD in my basement. Although the set in my bedroom, which is older, looked more turquoise than the royal blue on my other sets. Guess I have to check my color balance. LOL. I did think she looked really cute in that dress. Really showed off her legs. Ali has done a super job getting herself back in great shape after her pregnancy.July 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm #14817
red side of the color spectrum…it was a cute dress and Sami is a cutie. Wonder if she’s still on that "sugar busters" diet that she did a few years ago?July 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm #14818GoodyParticipant
I thought it was a tunic top at first. I was expecting to see little shorts or something peeking out underneath. The blue color looked great on Sami.
GoodyJuly 24, 2010 at 11:31 am #14823BonbonParticipant
One of the purses I’ve made (the ones I talked about before) is the same color. When I was looking for fabric for the lining, both blue and purple seemed to match. I guess we could call it a ‘chameleon’ color. Nevertheless, whatever color it was, it was gorgeous on her. BTW, that gazillion years ago that Pammy spoke of, it was called a shirtwaist dress.July 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm #14827
some one else remembers those too! Thanks Bonbon!July 25, 2010 at 12:30 am #14838
recalled an identical navy blue dress that I wore in high school in the mid 60’s. I loved that dress and we called it a shirt dress. The shirtwaist dresses I recall from those days had a belt and a fuller skirt not straight like this one.July 25, 2010 at 1:10 am #14839DeeLanParticipant
I now remember the 2 types of dresses. A shirtwaist dress looked like a blouse on top with buttons and collar with a belt and full skirt. The shirt dress was more fitted and looked like a ling shirt that when I was in school came just above the knees. It usually buttoned all the way down and could have a shirt tail type of bottom or straight and was usually belted but didn’t have to be.
My brother was 19 years older than I was and could sew up a storm. He made a a shirtwaist dress in a long formal for a wedding I went to when I was in high school. I remember it was a greyish blue in a shimmery material with pockets in the seams and he added sparkly buttons. He covered a belt in the same material and dyed the buckle to match the dress and I had a pair of white sandals I hated and never wore so he dyed those to match the dress. I wore a lot of shirt dresses in high school.July 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm #14849
fashion creation. Did he follow that for a career? Your description of the shirt dress was right on with what I remember too. Those were so comfortable and easy to care for. My Mom wore a shirtwaist dress everyday. Every picture or movie that my Dad took of the family, there she was in one of her many shirtwaist dresses. She was very much like June Cleaver except for the pearls.July 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm #14850DeeLanParticipant
My brother bought my mom and me a sewing machine when I was about 7. My mom couldn’t sew a straight stitch if her life depended on it and I was too young to figure it out so he took the class that Singer offered on the machine. A few weeks later he sat with a book on how to sew, a pattern and made something. He had a friend who could sew and he taught him a lot of short cuts. After that my brother would take several patterns and combine them into something you wanted. He had a pair of pants that were his favorite but very worn so he cut them and used as a pattern. A yard of material on sale and he’d have new pants. He made himself a suit one year for New Years Eve. I remember 2 dress he made me had a mandarin collar. The dress was blue on top, white on the bottom with a white collar. He made a blue coat with red lining and the coat had no collar. The collar on the dress was the collar for the coat when it was buttoned.
His friend who could sew was also a hairdresser. One year a friend of their’s daughter got married and for her wedding gift the friend and my brother made her dress and the bridesmaid dresses. I remember my brother sitting home hand beading this dress. The friend also did the bride’s and her sister’s hair.
He wouldn’t follow that as a career. He felt he enjoyed it and if it became a job he wouldn’t enjoy it anymore.
He also got a book in knitting and made me a sweater once.
He was very artistic. He took a pottery class and I have a few vases he made.
He passed away in 1977 at age 39 (I was 20) of a massive heart attack and I often wonder if he would have made my dress when I got married. I didn’t appreciate what he would do for me when he was alive but now I realize what he did and really miss his influence on my life.July 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm #14853PattiParticipant
DeeLan. Thank you for sharing it with us.July 26, 2010 at 2:25 am #14860
have tears in my eyes. What a special guy! Thanks for sharing him with us.July 26, 2010 at 11:51 am #14865BonbonParticipant
What a talented guy he was. Such a shame to lose him so early. I lost my brother, also of a massive heart attack, at 36 and I was 19.
Something else you mentioned brought back memories. I used to teach those classes at Singer. The six-weeks course they put us through before we began teaching taught me more than the two years of sewing in high school did. And you mention being too young to learn at 7. I had a class of Brownies (don’t know how old they are but IIRC, around 7) and what a chore that was. They were DEFINITELY too young.
I know what your brother meant about making it a job instead of a hobby. My kids have been encouraging me to up my production of my ‘Bonbon Bags’ but I said the same thing. If I HAVE to make them, it takes the fun out of it.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your memories of your brother. You were one lucky sister. And I’m CERTAIN he would have made your wedding dress also.
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