Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I found appealing


laura Ashley from midsomer
Raise your hand if you remember Laura Ashley dresses.

Keep your hand up if you had more than two or three in your closet.

laura ashley pattern 1

Extra points if you made a few yourself.

True confession:  I sewed the one above in two or three different fabrics, to wear when I was ‘just a little bit’ pregnant.

I sewed the short version of the one below for high school graduation:

Laura Ashley pattern 2

(Before you get nervous, these two things occurred 8 years apart.)

After I became a mom, I didn’t have time to sew, except for approximately 489 pairs of “jam” shorts for my son (not his real name) and gathered skirts that I added to the bottom of t-shirts for my daughter (not her real name).  She wore those over pants because she did not want anyone seeing her undies.  It was a look that said “my mom lets me choose my own clothes.”

What I’m finding appealing this week is that vintage Laura Ashley is making a comeback with young women.  While they won’t get the experience of shopping at the awesome little shops (Remember those?  My favorite was in Williamsburg), they can find Laura Ashley in vintage shops and Laura Ashley-inspired dresses on the runway. (No joke; I’ve seen them in the magazines!)

Would you try a puffed sleeve again?

13 comments:

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I never was a Laura Ashley girl. I'm passing on the puffy sleeves. Puffy anything is not a great look on me.
I am thrilled at the thought of young women wearing clothes again, though.

Sara said...

Oh my goodness. I DID wear Laura Ashley, and didn't even know it.

Suzan Oxenreider said...

I wore Laura Ashley and I made Laura Ashley patterns. I had one dress in a floral chintz that I loved. I felt like a girl when I wore it. Back in the day (a very, very long time ago!) I loved puffed sleeves. Now my arms are puffy all on their own and while a puffed sleeve might hide some of that evidence, I fear I would look like a 60+ year old woman pretending she wasn't. I woud, however, love to see my granddaughters in Laura Ashley dresses. Especially the 16 year old who has a "thing" for vintage (1970s and 1980s) clothes!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

ahem....I know them all too well...I loved them...do not have the dress anymore, but I do still have my Laura Ashley silk suit that I bought at the Galleria years and years ago when my son graduated from college....can't bear to part with it...it is a beautiful pale blue....and I still have the silk blouse that went with it...hmm...I may need to get it out and wear it!!

Suzan Sweatman said...

I hate puffy sleeves ( remember the Seinfeld episode? LMAO ) I look like a line backer in them.
But I DID wear one of those dresses to my prom - with a big floppy hat !
xoxo

pugsmom said...

I never wore Laura Ashley. For me it was Gunne Sax dresses. Now, I'm really showing my age. LOL I love Laura Ashley, but no puffy sleeves for me either.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I never had one Laura Ashley dress....it was pretty hard to get me into a dress back in those days as I was strictly a levis and t-shirt girl. Also...I have really broad shoulders too.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I feel puffy all over today! Except my shoulders ... puffy sleeves would be perfect -NOT! My daughter loves vintage dresses! I wore LA dresses back in the day. I'm not a fan of dresses. I'm a dress pants and blouse gal if I have to dress up. Wow! I forgot about those dresses! Have a great week Kirby!

Feral Turtle said...

Can't say I had many dresses growing up as a farmgirl. But I could wear the knees out of a pair of jeans in less than a year!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I went through a phase when I had a closet full of Gunne Sax dresses, like pugsmom.

northoftabor said...

I think puffy cap sleeves could look modern, but the puffy tapered sleeve has had it's day.

Art and Sand said...

Yes, I wore Laura Ashley designs and yes I made them myself. I am not sure I want to put this body into that much fabric- I would look like a meringue.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I did sew through the Laura Ashley period. But I can't remember if I ever actually made one or not. I did make similar less frilly things to wear while I was pregnant. I love the fabrics, even now. But I would never put them on my body except to sleep in.

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