In the late ’60’s, on the cusp of the miniskirt, I remember making, wearing, and LOVING what we called then, “the shift dress”. Straight or A-line, zip up the back, “french darts” into the front side seams, not so short that I had to listen to a lecture prior to leaving the house. It looked pretty good on almost everyone, certainly all my friends in high-school looked great! Their mamas and grands wore them as well.
I’d like to have a few casual dresses for the Summer of 2009.
I’m having a bit of difficulty finding the appropriate fabric. Most of mine were of an inexpensive 100% cotton, but a heavier weight than today’s quilting cotton. Oh, yes, the fabric required pre-shrinking, but it wore well, without too many wrinkles.
I think we called it “PermaPress Cotton”, and I had one or two dresses in “Hopsacking”. Anybody have any idea what these fabrics might be called today, or where they may be found????
Edited 1/14/2009 3:01 pm ET by GailAnn