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A long way down memory lane

On the way home from food shopping, I noticed something in a shop window. It's a posh frock shop - you know the sort of place - the window is usually full of very tiny expensive things you'd have to be equally tiny to wear. Taking pride of place today was a frothy crinoline skirt made out of several tiers of gathered white net. It took me straight back to my early teenage years when it was de rigueur to wear such a garment underneath your frock, not instead of it.

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This is me (on the right) with my best mate at the time, Carol, waiting for the next dance at the school Christmas party c 1959. I loved this petticoat more than anything else in the world, even though wearing it was a complete pain in the bum. The tiers were so enormously frothy that I had to cart the thing round with me in a big box and change when I got to the party, dance or wherever. I remember starching it with sugar solution and picking off tiny little flies that got stuck to it while it was drying. And I had to be awfully careful to keep it under control when I sat down...

Comments

You haven't changed much, I can still see it's you in the photo, though I can't imagine you wanting to wear that outfit! I used to try wearing full satin skirts (in the seventies) but never had much of a waist, even when I was skinny!

I was young (and innocent) and hadn't discovered black or purple, let along plain fabrics!

How I remember those skirts and the sugar solution - I used to keep sticking to mine when the dance hall got hot and had to go to the ladies and carefully peel it off my thighs.... I had a (home-made) circular felt skirt in purple, with applique bits all round the hem, and that underneath. You had to be very careful going upstairs on buses....Met my husband while wearing it - with a homemade knitted beaded jumper in lilac....(same pattern as is in the Sarah Dallas Vintage Knits book).

I have a spookiy similar picture of my Mum in a similar frock, yes with sugary petticoats and glitter in her hair!

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