There should be sewing patterns for the dresses in both the pictures here.
This is another dress of the 1990's that would be suitable to wear today:
These clothes were made of high quality cotton and not of the synthetics we find in stores today. The garments did not cling and you didn't always have to be tugging at shoulders and waist.
This was the first Laura Ashley pattern I ever owned. One thing that made these clothes so well liked was they suited women multi-generationally. Mothers, daughters and granddaughters all wore them and there was no special youth style section in the stores. The sizes were varied but the styles suited everyone and were liked by women all over the world.
The Paragon Catalogue
Blouse: Goodwill, not worn, $5.00. It would have cost me quite a bit more back in the 1990's.
Cardigan: Walmart, $5.00. The Laura Ashley cardigan was originally 6 or 7 times the price or more.
Skirt: given to me from an estate sale. It is not a Laura Ashley brand but a very similar design, with tucks along the hem.
Slippers/shoes: $5.00 at WalMart.
One reason I did not own many Laura Ashley things was their price. Dresses were often $80.00 to a hundred dollars, so it made more sense to buy a pattern for home sewing. However now these clothes are surfacing in the thrift shops at cheaper prices. It's just a pity they are not "in style," because now they are affordable.
I am happy to see many young women developing their own style and leaving the current fashions behind. No one should allow the current trends to dictate the way they dress.
We have not been to a mall in years, but decided to walk through one this week. The place was almost a ghost town, with many shops empty.
The window displays were as you see here:
My husband asked how anyone could think this is pretty on a woman.
There were certainly no admiring gazes from passers-by. Young women were not giving any of it a longing look. They are tired and bored of it all. It has been the same old torn clothing for several decades has it not? Yet someone keeps pushing this style.
When almost every woman learned how to sew, they had more control over the fashion. I realize not everyone can or wants to sew anymore, but there are still alternatives to this wretched mess. Many of the prettier clothes have gone to catalogs:
Aloha Outlet Catalog
The ugly clothes have been prominent for so long that ladies feel silly and out of sorts when wearing anything pretty.
Maybe one of the reasons so many shops in the mall have moved out is due to lack of selling those boring, drab things that women have had to wear and look at for so many years.
There is no reason we cannot change the fashion by wearing lovely blouses like this:
Patterns I am going to order.