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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Hat Attack #3 and a testimonial

I have no idea if Home Economics classes have survived in U.S. junior high and high schools. I remember the first Home Economics class I had in 7th grade, which covered sewing for a whole year. The following year was cooking and the year after that was something like family relationships or child development or something. Boys took 'shop' to learn woodworking, car mechanics, and mechanical drawing. By the time I got to high school, these classes were no longer segregated by gender and I was able to take an architectural drawing class.

Click pic for source.This was my first sewing project in Home Ec.

My second project was a bit more ambitious-- a lined jacket made of blue and beige batik-patterned cotton with wooden toggle buttons. I loved that jacket and wish I had held onto it.

Recently, I found a black quilted velveteen jacket that reminded be of that 7th grade project. In anticipation of colder weather I created an outfit for the Style Crone's latest Hat Attack #3 challenge with my new jacket.

Wool beret I purchased in 1978 at Faces of Earth, Amherst, MA. 1970s F.A. Chatta black velveteen quilted jacket, thrifted, Boomerang. 1990s Jean Paul Gaultier wool trousers purchased new, Filene's Basement. Madden Girl non-leather brogues, thrifted. Bamboo-cotton long-sleeved t-shirt, thrifted, Goodwill. 1920s celluloid rose brooch I've had for decades. Amber beads I've had for decades. 1970s red belt, thrifted, Goodwill. 1970s bucket handbag I've had for decades.This brooch has had a broken leaf for as long as I've owned it (40+ years), but I wear it anyway.Although I've been wearing trousers the past couple weeks, I spent the summer in skirts and dresses, a fairly recent phenomenon for me. Prior to this past summer, I bared my legs reluctantly.

For the past 20 or so years, I’ve had a skin condition I dubbed “itchy-leg syndrome.” I don’t know why but my legs itched all the time, especially at night. I would consciously and unconsciously (sometimes in my sleep) scratch them. This happened year round, at home, in the U.K., in India, everywhere. Doctors were of little help, suggesting that it might be a low-level allergy to something very common, like dust. I was told to use steroid cream or take an antihistamine daily. I wanted to determine the cause and not be reliant on medicines to just treat the symptoms--and did nothing.

So, I've spent decades looking like I’d been attacked by a pack of wolverines. Long red scratches criss-crossed my legs (and sometimes arms), which after years, built up into a patchwork of scars. When I did expose my legs, people would recoil in horror.

About six months ago, after watching this video by Dr. Michael Greger, I started taking a teaspoon of flax seed oil every day. I have it 'neat', on salad, or in smoothies. Now, my legs don't itch and the scars are slowly fading. It's a miracle, I tell you.

If you have any issues with sensitive skin, give flax seeds or flax seed oil a try and let me know how it goes.

Reader Comments (6)

Love you in trousers but I'm glad you started wearing skirts again 'cos your legs are incredible! That jacket and beret are fabulous. You've reminded me of the Indian block printed one I wore on cold festival nights back in the Summer, I must dig it out.
Our snooty all-girls school grammar only taught dressmaking for one six week term in the entire 7 years I was there.
Great tip on the itching - my legs are driving me mad! xxx

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Your wool beret is the perfect accent to the quilted jacket. Jaunty and ready for fall. Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack.

After your testimonial about flax seed oil and its healing properties, I'm going to try it myself. Just for health maintenance. If it can heal your skin, who knows what it can to for overall health!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Style Crone

I love the '70's inspired outfit!! When I was in Jr. High, girls had to take "home ec" and the boys shop. I pitched a fit and became the first girl to ever take shop. I remember making a wood serving tray and a little bookshelf. Fortunately, I also learned how to sew from my mom. Funny how things change over time. A year later I was on the student council as a freshman in high school and pitched another fit, which ultimately succeeded in getting the dress code changed. Girls could wear pants to school.

Thanks for reminding me about those crazy times. :-)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjean at Dross into Gold

Great outfit - it all goes so well together. That jacket is just timeless, but I had to smile at the first pattern for the smock top. I lived in smock tops in high school, and I made one very similar to the one in the pattern.

Good find on the flax. I have some for both fiber and hot flashes, but who knows what other good things it might do.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

I hated dressmaking at school - I made a dress that I couldn't wear, it was so awful. Loved cookery though - I still use my school cook book sometimes. Gave me a lifelong love of baking.
I love your velveteen jacket. xxx

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

I only did a year of sewing at school (the boys did woodwork) and made an apron and an A-line skirt. Hardly very inspiring... Love the jacket with those rust coloured trousers and the jaunty beret.
Good to hear you have found something to relieve your skin woes. xxxx

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

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