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Fiber and Fringe

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Wearable Crafts
Sommer and Sommer
1976

The vests! The look! The nausea! As ridiculous as some of these pictures show, this book might have a place in a design/art curriculum. For public libraries, it doesn’t have any instructions or design help, and is really a showcase of wearable art. In 2017, this is dated. In the 1970s it might have held appeal for the right audience.

I am trying to imagine what situation one might wear a boar husk halter top (last image).  However, the fringed vest and the woman attempting some kind of bent knee pose (4th image below) does have some appeal. She just needs to put on pants.

Mary

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Crochet Fashion

Big & Little Crochets
Columbia-Minerva
1970

I know all you fashion forward library geeks can hardly resist anything knitted. What’s not to love? Ponchos and vests are a great way to feel comfortable at the reference desk. Guybrarians everywhere are loving that they are not excluded from this fashion trend!

I found this crochet pattern while looking for something else and could not stop laughing. I remember when the vest thing was somewhat cool (Yeah, I grew up in the middle of Illinois surrounded by corn, this would qualify as cool). I remember that everyone’s mom and grandma would make these things, probably so everyone would match the afghan on the couch. The best part is that the flip side picture is the women’s version. I will leave it to everyone’s imagination on what someone would wear underneath that dress. The little girls at least get tights.

 

Mary

 

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Stylish Vests for the Knitting Librarian

Best Vests Ever coverThe Best Vests Ever
Volume 1
Patrons & Baldwins, Inc.
1985

How about a stylish vest for your wardrobe? Dump the cardigan and think about pairing these lovely vests with your best sensible shoes.

Knitting books are usually a good bet in my library but I think we can keep these vests (and the makeup) firmly in 1985.

Mary

 

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