Recessive jeans

Cover of JeansMy parents shaped me way beyond my DNA. Hard as it is to believe, those two humble Scots forged my fashion destiny. To this day, my clothing choices hark back to them. Thanks Mom and Dad.

My father (normally a mild-mannered man) got in first when he forbade the wearing of denim jeans from under his roof. This was the Sixties for heaven’s sake. I did what any self respecting teen would do – developed an obsession with the faded blue fabric, hid my jeans at friends’ homes and married young.

My mother was not to be outdone. She loathed pink, thought sparkle in daywear was Common and honestly believed a nice frock was a fitting substitute for denim jeans. Bless her.

Even though fashion was such a fraught topic at home, I sewed a lot of my own stuff. Cover of 1960s Fashion PrintAnd, in what I now see as an early start in how to make life difficult for myself, I disdained Simplicity patterns and headed straight to Burda. Navigating their maze was the closest that I would ever come to Air Traffic Control. To this day I can smell the tailor’s chalk, feel the tracer’s wheel in my palm, hear Woodstock playing in the background, and see myself cutting my way round my absolute favourite fabric – Paisley.

I meet people who say they haven’t a creative bone in their bodies. They lie. Every single day, when we get up and get dressed, we make creative choices.  And you can reminisce on this in beautiful fashion books, you can even dream of featuring in The Sartorialist (the street fashion of real people). Truth is, what was everyday clothing to you all those years ago has probably attained iconic status by now.

Fast forward a few years. See that old lady in the boots, the jeans and the wildly patterned Paisley shirt?  That’s me. What will you be wearing when we meet?

11 thoughts on “Recessive jeans

  1. knit1purl1 28 April 2014 / 11:11 am

    A lover of the paisley print, I bow down to you!

  2. bibliobishi 28 April 2014 / 11:55 am

    T’was the mini for me. In the largest, boldest possible print of course. My memories of sewing are more painful than yours Roberta. It was an economic necessity only.

    • robertafsmith 28 April 2014 / 3:19 pm

      Sounds like a must see! Do you have photographic evidence?

  3. karenbccl 28 April 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Paisley is still a feature in my wardrobe.

    • robertafsmith 28 April 2014 / 3:19 pm

      And it is still oh so available – thank goodness!

  4. Gallivanta 28 April 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Long live paisley! But wait….where has it all gone? Oh sigh, all I have left is the paisley shawl.

  5. Ronel Moore 28 April 2014 / 7:52 pm

    Definitely joining you in denim – wouldn’t mind paisley if I could find it.

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