Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Free Market Reality

What it lacks in grammatical correctness, it more than makes up for in simple understanding.

It does beg the question: why is she still wearing a skirt? Because she can (and because she hasn't purchased any pants yet - so I've been told).


ChristineMM said...

While going through my grandmother's belongings after she passed away, I found old clothes from the 1930s and 1940s that she handmade.

When she was married in the early 1930s the first things they bought on weekly payments were: a sewing machine, an iron, and a vacuum cleaner. They were all sold door to door on weekly payments. The iron was $12, a lot of money back then.

I was thinking about how the clothes were all custom made. There was no right or wrong size. No one told how big a woman should be based on the clothes size. Women came in all shapes and sizes and were just considered all different.

I wonder what it would have been like to grow up as a girl and a teen then a young woman not being judged by body size by what we saw in the media or in clothes tags. The thing was they wore similar dresses but there was no judgement on the sizes and everything fit 'just right' when it was handmade. I'm a bit envious to be honest. Now the styles are not conducive to handmaking everything, it is not the same. Unless I convert to be Amish or join some cult where they dress in certain old fashioned clothing.

Lynne said...

The ice storm in my area have forced me to be somewhat Amish for two days. I don't recommend it.

While running to the library to check email and report our power loss on the blog, I returned my youngest daughter's book on Fashions of the 1930s. Clearly the book had some influence on her white board drawings in both fashion (all the other women were in long skirts) and ideas.

While I think that learning to sew is important, I wouldn't want to trade my "off the rack" expenses for those of custom clothes. Besides, I'd probably feel compelled to iron those clothes!

Thanks for stopping by, ChristineMM. I love your blog and will comment when I am back at home with the time to consider my thoughts more fully.

Lynne said...

Oops. Clearly, my daughter gets her grammatical skills from me. I meant, "the ice storm in my area has forced...".