Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Virgin Vintage Polyester

Never Been Sewed.

Back in the day, these fabrics looked gawd-awful to me, and no self-respecting Fashionista would be caught dead even in the COMPANY of anyone wearing garments from these embarassments. Of course, we made exceptions for our mothers and favorite aunts, all the while trying to steer them in another direction.

Thirty years later, they have become a novelty. Their riot of absurd patterns and colors tickle my silly fancy. I love finding the craziest knit or weave, and combining it with another.

My new line of skirts is nothing like your granny might have worn -- the colors, combinations and serging create a unique look -- the appearance of a reconstruction, but totally built from scratch.

This one features cheerleaders and drum major heads -- I think -- in a fantastic double-knit in black & gray. It looks so retro geek -- like Pong or some ancient ASCII image!

Other popular patterns seem to be houndstooths (houndsteeth?) and argyles...It appears the designers were inspired by menswear fabric patterns. And TEXTURE! So much texture in the knits. Many of these are also black-light positive, so I wand them with my UV just for fun! I've collected some intense fabrics, and my eyes are always open for more!


maggie said...

oh, man. i have really been admiring your orange argyle skirts. i also really like that you have larger sizes in your shop. thanks for that.

RunzwithScissors said...

Thanks, Maggie. That argyle was quite a find...too bad there was only a few yards of it. I would buy every speck if I could!

People often sew for their own size -- something I had not been doing. But there were so many requests for larger sizes...yet now, people say that THESE aren't big enough! SO I'm doing a custom one for a babe I'm SURE is a handful!

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Anonymous said...

I love the blue one!!!!!! I love the orange one tooo!!!

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