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extremequeen | Posted in Talk With Us on

I was just out of high school and decided to get married within a 6 month period and had no idea for a wedding dress or my future husband’s suit.  I decided to concentrate on his suit first and then build off of the idea for my gown/dress.  I was working with my home ec teacher who also was planning her wedding and we both decided to venture out and find our husbands’ suit pattern and fabric.  We chose both the same pattern (1975 was quite unaware of the need for mens garments).. I finished my husband’s suit before she even got to start her future husbands’ and she was so impressed with the outcome that she entered it in a competition at the local high school that I went to and she taught at…winning 1st prize…who cares that it was just recognition and not monetary!!   I found a Gunny Sax dress that I absolutely loved but couldn’t find any patterns to match…I actually bought my gown already made…..My husband still has this suit in his wardrobe and it is definitely not in style with the wide lapels (maybe it will cycle around like everything else does).

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  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Wow!  What a wonderful Home Ec teacher you had!!!  So many teachers are narrow minded and won't encourage artistic exploration.  Yours' was so supportive and encouraging and went beyond the classroom.  Let's all hear it for the super great teachers out there who deserve recognition!!!

    You really were adventerous and talented to take on such a complex project while still in high school.  I remember feeling as if I could just sew anything I chose, it was the one area I had confidence in at that age. 

    Those wide lapels will probably come back in style eventually.  My first husband wore a similar style suit, it was denim but very perfectly tailored.  I wore a Gunny Sax style dress that my friend made.  Those were the days...........some wonderful memories.  The marriage didn't work out, but we still like each other as friends.

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