Monday, June 25, 2012

Sweet Pattern Memories

I grew up in a transitional time when, up until my junior high held a lunchtime walkout /protest, girls couldn’t wear pants to school. I was a painfully shy student, really, painfully shy. But, I was not afraid to let my clothes speak for me. It was during this time that I made and wore an outfit that got me sent home from school for the first and only time in my life. That’s right, the outfit I made with this pattern (view 2 with the mini-length overskirt made out of a pastel pink small polka-dot knit) caused 1) other students to buzz, 2) my first trip to the principal’s office, and 3) a free walk home in the middle of the day to change clothes.

I loved that outfit. I loved it because I could tell the world that I was unique without having to say a word (plus it was pink!). I really love the fact that I can run across patterns like this online and have a sweet pattern memory.


Laura SJ said...

The girls at my junior staged a walk-out too, so we would be allowed to wear pants to school. The girls' vice-pricipal finally relented, saying "I wouldn't wear pants; I want the boys to know I'm a girl, but if you think it's necessary...."
I bet you were cute in that outfit! How did that walk home feel?

Dana said...

I don't even remember the walk! I guess the drama of being sent to the office erased everything that followed. :)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is high drama! I moved from California to Texas in the 10th grade and it was quite a shock--people got sent home for having skirts or shorts above the knee in TX. In LA, you could pretty much wear a bikini to school.

Sew Blessed Maw said...

I grew up , not being allowed to wear pants to school either.. And never was allowed to wear shorts [even the little kids].
So funny how things change, isnt it?
But you know what? I love dresses .. and Where I live , people don't wear dresses very much anymore, and want to know "why you are SO dressed up?" when you do wear a dress.. lol