Photo Friday: My Championship Knit Dress

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I sew and knit.  What is your superpower?

When I was in High School, I got involved with 4-H knitting and sewing and made almost all my own clothes. Through the 4-H program I learned to sew and knit so I could make my own clothes AND also enter them in competitions to earn some extra money through the 4-H program.

In those days it was cheaper to make clothes than to buy them. Nowadays p
atterns and fabric are so expensive that it no longer makes financial sense. 

When I was looking through some old photos, I ran across this style show picture from the summer of 1969. I try not to think about how many years ago that was!

Anyway, I hand knitted this dress, and it won the championship at the Oregon State Fair that year.  I was 17 years old at the time. 

I was fortunate to win many championships in sewing and knitting.  I still have a few of the items and maybe I'll share pictures of those in the future if you're interested.

I don't sew or knit much anymore because I fill my time with other things.  I do sometimes think about getting a fancy schmancy new sewing machine that has all the bells and whistles.  But, for now, I keep my old Singer that I won (in a sewing contest of course) when I was 14.  It still works great and is just fine for the occasional mending or alteration job.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Carol - The intricate design of that knitting as shown in the close up is amazing.  I don't doubt it won the championship at the fair in 1969.  That was a very good summer.  I have only one regret about it though. . .That I missed Woodstock!

Jul 27, 2018 11:36 AM #14
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I have no hidden super powers that are related to sewing, or knitting. Darn it. You really are quite talented. That dress is amazing. What a wonderful thing to experience that type of reinforcement at such a young age - A Championship Blue ribbon for a State Fair is something to be very proud of...good for you, Carol. 

Jul 27, 2018 11:41 AM #15
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
That's funny.  I'd never thought about the fact that when I was busy sewing and knitting there were 400,000 people attending Woodstock!  I'm sorry you weren't one of them. 

Jul 27, 2018 11:53 AM #16
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Actually, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD , I think you have LOTs of superpowers.  You are amazing and so generous with your knowledge!

Jul 27, 2018 11:54 AM #17
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Roy Kelley
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Dolores likes to knit but has not done much in recent months. Her best friend is a knitting pro.

Jul 27, 2018 12:16 PM #18
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Carol Williams
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Hi Roy Kelley ,

Thanks for stopping in to read about my trip down Memory Lane.  My knitting life is pretty much history thanks to arthritis.  I can still do a decent job of hand stitching but not able to do an even knit stitch any longer. 

Jul 27, 2018 12:36 PM #19
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That is a very detailed pattern and a lot of work Carol and I can see why you won, congrats! Never could grasp much of those arts like, knitting, crocheting, needle point...my left handedness prevented it. I like to draw and make Halloween costumes instead.

Jul 27, 2018 01:46 PM #20
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Hi Wanda,
You might be surprised to learn I am left-handed, as well.  I had to learn to do many things right handed because I didn't have anyone to teach me otherwise.  I knit and sew and play golf right handed.  I think much of it is just a matter of practice and sticking with it, even though it is awkward at first.  I tried to teach myself to draw (left handed) but wasn't commited to spending the time I needed to get decent at it.  I applaud anyone with that talent.   We all have to make choices about how we want to spend our time, don't we?

Jul 27, 2018 02:09 PM #21
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No such talents here...though I did have to learn them and needlepoint and crochet as well per my Grandmother...now...not soooo much !

Jul 27, 2018 02:56 PM #22
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As someone who posesses zero mechanical skills I admire your ability to do what you do.

Jul 27, 2018 03:55 PM #23
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Wow - Carol- I'm impressed!!!! I can knit and crochet but only if you want potholders or one very long afghan!!!  

Jul 27, 2018 05:38 PM #24
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Wow Carol, that had to be a ton of work. You looked very proud!

Jul 27, 2018 09:29 PM #25
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 Carol Williams ,  I do not need to see your competition on that 1969 WIN bcause your knit dress 'knocked it out of the park.'  Perfect!!  My Mom was both a tailor and a furrier and also had an old pedal Singer.  I have seen lots of clothing she has made through the years. I believe I am a qualified judge.  Would love to see more of your past work.

 

Jul 28, 2018 04:00 PM #26
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,
I imagine you have very fond memories of learning to do needlepoint and crochet with your Grandmother.  I remember my Grandmother preferred to do all of her sewing by hand, even after she had an electric machine. 

Jul 29, 2018 05:55 AM #27
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Hi Joe Pryor ,
I'm sure you have plenty of other skills that you have chosen to develop.  We all have different interests that way. 

Happy Sunday!

Jul 29, 2018 05:56 AM #28
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HI Kathy Streib 
I'm sure you could do more than potholders if you'd spent as much time knitting as I did.  You know what they say, practice makes perfect... or at least very good.

Jul 29, 2018 05:57 AM #29
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 
After I posted the picture and got to looking at the close-up, I started wondering just how many total stitiches there are in that dress.  Kind of mind boggling actually.  

Jul 29, 2018 05:59 AM #30
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Hi Jane Chaulklin-Schott ,
Sounds like your Mom and I would have a lot to talk about.  But, I was never a tailor.  Never really learn that skill.

This knit dress wasn't my most prize winning garment.  I won a National Competition with a pink and white checked gingham dress in 1966. That is the competition where one of the prizes was a sewing machine... the machine I mentioned in the post.   Perhaps I'll post about that dress sometime soon. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my ramblings about a trip down Memory Lane.

Jul 29, 2018 06:03 AM #31
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HI Carol Williams - pretty impressive to win at the Oregon state fair! I am impressed.  I used to sew and enjoyed making my own clothes. When my kids were born. I made them costumes. My favorite was a Star Wars Ewok costume that my son wore a lot!

Jul 29, 2018 07:55 AM #32
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,
I never did any costumes.  I think that is a skill within itself.

Jul 29, 2018 09:32 AM #33
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