Fashion:

Do you find fashion affects your passion, be it writing, photography, painting, house improvements, clothing etc. etc.? It seems that everything is tainted by it.

For my February birthday, my dearest insisted on buying something in the city for my birthday. I can hear you say ‘how nice!’ Well, yes, it was. We were in Collingwood, a groovy part of the city of Melbourne. There was a beautiful red and purple jumper in the window that caught my eye. I could see, after my exclamation, that it was far too short, leaving the required bare mid-drift. In we went as my beloved wanted to buy me something special.

You have probably guessed, the shop was catering for the young people who live in the inner suburbs. I had to show willing by trying on a skirt and a dress. I loved the colours. The dress was very glamorous and looked far too elegant for my wants, these days. Gardening, visiting the library and an occasional lunch out, don’t warrant such glamour! So the skirt was tried on for a second time.

Yes, the greens and greys were acceptable. The materials were various patterns, cut on the bias in heavy cotton; the full skirt felt comfortable and swished nicely as I paraded in front of the mirror. The odd thing about this creation was an uneven hem line, un-hemmed, with tassels hanging down. When I inquired about said dangles, the lovely young assistant enthusiastically suggested; ‘Tie them up in the front, or the sides or you can have a bustle affect at the back, or tie them up all around!’

The lass was so kind and helpful, I didn’t have the heart to tell her what I thought. Cutting those dags off would be my first task getting home. Delighted that my beloved had found something for my birthday, he let me carry the trendy bag back to the car. Today I cut off the daggy frayed, very uneven bits; even having to add some material to two short sections, so the finished hem line was not above my knees. Getting the sewing machine out to zigzag the alterations was such an effort, before ironing, ready to hem by hand tonight. It made me wonder how anyone could place a garment ready for sale with out finishing it (in my mind). Β Costing $220, unfinished, does anyone else think this is ridiculous?

I’d like to hear how you have been affected by fashion.

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Fashion:

  1. Dixie Minor

    Funny! I do NOT wish for a bustle!:) Your husband sounds very sweet. I love clothes, but don’t spend much money on clothes! My husband likes to buy me clothes for my birthday, too, but from stores in which ” the price is right!”

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  2. Otrazhenie

    I do not care about fashion. Most of my favourite garments came from the second-hand clothes stalls from various school fairs. Keeps me well dressed with all profits going to schools πŸ˜‰

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      You are so wise and I’m sure you’d outshine those around you because of your positive attitude. This extravagance is unusual for me, but I shall treasure it for many years to come; especially because my dearest husband bought it with love. I feel very privileged.

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      1. Otrazhenie

        That’s the key – the love and care in the gift, rather than the gift itself. Wish you many happy years together with your wonderful husband πŸ™‚

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  3. M. R.

    Reckon that was cheap, Barbara! My sister in Hawthorn sent me a blouse for a birthday, coupla years back, and had left the price-tag on: it cost $325. I nearly fainted. My clothes shopping is done in K-Mart or Target: I refuse point-blank to throw money away on trying to dress up the me of now. But to be honest, I’v always been like this: too big to wear real fashion, and too stroppy to care.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Dear stroppy Margaret Rose, You do make me smile. This extravagance is unusual for me, but shall cherish it for many years to come! I am not a fashion queen, having been brought up in a frugal fashion. What a bitch is that sister of yours, leaving the tag on. I bet she bought it on sale!!! Sorry, am sure you are worth every penny.

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      1. bkpyett Post author

        In 1967, arriving in Italy, I was told I was wearing last years fashion! I was horrified! Now if I do purchase something good, it lasts for ages, regardless of fashion.

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  4. katarinawohlfart

    Basically everything is to short for me leaving me looking like maria carey or a teenager. I have because of this gotten a few items sewn upp by a professional and that is so much worth! The right size and length. Lovely. Besides this I live for fashion and mostly vintage and second hand that effects me in a way that these close tell a story. Thanks for the nice post. πŸ™‚

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you Katarina for your lovely comment. I too use vintage clothes. This skirt is beautiful now it is fixed and it will last for years, so feel thrilled with it!

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