Friday, May 31, 2013

The Daisy Pin

My new background by shabby is cute and hip. I love the daisy on it. It is sooo familiar as daisies go, and I just remembered why. In the late 1960's I had a daisy pin which was exactly this daisy. I remember exactly the way it looked and this is it. So I looked up daisy pin on Google Images and found it. It is the same!

Eventually I had a daisy ring that was the exact same design only smaller, though I doubt that I wore it much. They matched my yellow raincoat and my daisy covered pillbox hat. Of course I wore white gloves with the hat...

My first home-made dress was a sky-blue shift with daisies all over it. I was 11 and Mom was teaching me to sew. She said that she'd show me how to put the zipper in after she got groceries, but when she got back I had done it and done it right. I made all my clothes for about 20 years.

When did it get to be so cheap to buy clothes and so expensive to sew? When all the sewing went overseas! Don't get me started on that--It's just criminal how those garment workers are treated!
I always kept a sewing machine and in later years I mostly used it to recover pillows or zip up some easy curtains or lavender sachets. I haven't used a pattern in years, and frankly, making my own clothes seems silly now. All my clothes are sporty these days. Pants and shirts, always knit and no ironing. Expandable and shrinkable at will. Dressing up is easy--Dressier knit pants and nice tops. Change out the denim bag for the pewter leather...

google images
I've always been a shape-shifter. I've gained and lost tons of weight over the last decades. Knits won't shrink much if you line dry them, but if you get smaller, just throw them in the dryer. I'm no style horse like I used to be, but I do pretty well with my knits! Every year I update my basic pants and buy a few newer shirts, as knits do show wear. Sometimes I even splurge and get a nice one at Macy's or Lands End!

Me at 18
All this thinking of sewing reminds me of my teen years. How I poured over Seventeen magazine! I was pretty sure I looked like the model Jean Shrimpton. I would experiment with hair and makeup in my 3-way mirror. I was pretty, but not quite Jean. I had hair and lips like hers, but she was chiseled where I was round and smooth. She had lots of contour makeup and heavy false eyelashes. She had "the glamour", as my sister-in-law says. I went for the more natural look.

A bit tinier than me?!
Back then I used to LUV my Polaroid Swinger camera. I still have piles of those small black and white pictures in my files. I found it in G. Images and it took me back in time! I could buy one for old time's sake, but you can't get film now. I even found the link for the commercial featuring Ali McGraw- -the jingle was so much in my head looking at those pictures. I think I was developing my "good eye" for photography back then.

Gotta run. A busy weekend is coming up and I'm spending tooo much time on my computer!

Have a great weekend, Y'all!



  1. loved the daisy pin!!! don't think i had the ring though. and i bet i made that shift dress in every pattern fabric you can imagine.......sometimes with little sleeves, sometimes not. and then i discovered rick-rack!! wow do i cringe when i see old pictures :) Plus i ironed what i was wearing every morning. ugh. well i had to, my clothes were rarely in the closet, mostly on the floor. i am better these days. thanks for sharing your words and pics with us!

  2. Oooo my gramma used to have a daisy hat like that! You were such a crafty maven making your own clothes...wowsers :) And yes, you looked like a model for sure!


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