Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On January - 28 - 2007   ShareThis

Well, I’ll be damned. Bad vintage fashion has gone all self-mocking on me! Will you look at this?

“Just What I Wanted!”

“zingy fashion in-ness!”

“Make him the 4″ wide tie or the exciting 5″ width – or both!”

Say what??

“Fringed vests are the newest thing with young he’s and she’s”

“bead the fringe in casual Indian effect”?

These bastards are trying to put me out of business! How can they do this to me? How can they be making fun of themselves? It’s not right, I tells ya’! Next thing you know, I’m going to find out they invented the granny square lo those many years ago just to mess with my head.

This is some kind of Terminator thing, I just know it. If you see a snarky cyberdynic robot running around making fun of people’s sweaters, let me know.

Now I’m afraid to answer the door. What if it comes for me? But it might be worth getting squashed between a speeding 18-wheeler crane thing and a fire truck just to hear the words “Stitchy McYarnpants?” in an Austrian accent. Maybe it’ll all work out ok and the Snarkinator will give me a thumbs up as I slowly lower it into a steaming crock pot full of yarn that I’m dying. We’ll see. But in the meantime, why not add a butterfly bow tie? The bow is wide, too – d’oh!

Categories: MOKS

15 Responses

  1. Suebob says:

    In 1972 I was in 6th grade. At my school, we had a costume contest. The categories included most colorful, most creative…and fringiest. Yes, fringiest. I miss those fringy days!

  2. Amy says:

    At least we know now what all the casual Indians will be wearing this fall!

  3. Carson says:

    My mum had one of those fringey vests.
    It was in purple suede.
    She bought it specially to go to the opening night of “Hair” the musical.

  4. Pam says:

    yup, I made that vest in brown suede for my brother…a Christmas gift in the 70’s

  5. PZR says:

    I actually remember that illustration of the fringed vests from when McCall’s first published it in the early 70s.

    Thanks a lot, Stitchy, for making me feel REALLY old.

    What did I ever do to you?

  6. Carol says:

    I couldn’t bring myself to wear that vest when I was a teen in the 70’s.

  7. JellyJo says:

    That bowtie is the “in-nest” thing I’ve ever seen. Every man I’ve ever known… hell, every man I can find is getting one of these!

  8. polarbears says:

    I too made that vest in light brown suede–still have it somewhere. I think I wore it once or twice, probably with the engineer stripe hip hugger bell bottoms that rode so low the zipper was only 2.5 inches long. Maybe all that fringe was a good thing!

  9. Ruth says:

    Where’s the fringed armband that the pattern threatens us with?

  10. tejasmom says:

    You’ve brought back memories of putting beads on fringe. Did I make this vest, too? Boy, I wish my memory was better. What a hoot!

  11. Terri Lynn says:

    Okay, I would never, never make a fringed vest unless it was of the holiest of holy- the cow, er, I mean suede, of course, like the cowboys wore, how crude to replicate it in any kind of yarn, yet, I am falling in love with Berroco Suede, and some of those flakey yarns!@#$%? Like the diva yarns which are made of cheap little strips of interfacing dyed in fabulous colors and attached to “real” yarn….please quote me on this one….yeah, I’m an still a flower child, mostly love, savorying what little peace there really is?

  12. D R E W says:

    the ‘stache on the guy is HOT. hahaha.

  13. ann marie says:

    Hey you better be careful what you say. Those fringed vests might come back in style someday!!

  14. vs-f says:

    OMG, I actually made two of these vests for my boys when they were kids. Made them out of some awful fake leather and I remember laboriously stringing turquoise plastic pony beads on every single strand of fringe. AAAAARGH!

  15. Monica says:

    isnt that a woman with a mustache???????

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