Where Did The Wearables Go?


If you don't wear that quilted garment to your Guild meeting anymore, you might want to rethink today's styles.

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Where Did The Wearables Go?

Back in the day, a quilter would always wear a garment that she had sewn to the monthly Guild meeting. This garment would attract more quilters to the pattern and the next month there would be even more quilted garments. Show 'n Tell is a major part of every Guild meeting.

Where Did The Wearables Go?


In Quilt Show terms, these are called "Wearables". I recently came upon a program brochure for my Guild"s 2000 Quilt Show. There were six pages of wearable art in the program including 32 vests, 15 jackets, 5 sweatshirts, and 1 purse. There were also skirts and dresses and jewelry.



Our 2020 Quilt Show had only 2 jackets. There were also 7 tote bags and 4 umbrellas. Things have changed. But why?



Fads is the obvious answer. Whether it"s square dancing or quilting, styles come and go in cycles. Maybe these patterns weren"t selling because styles had changed? Maybe we no longer want to model what we have made. We are all getting older and perhaps the idea of other women looking at us no longer appeals to us.


Perhaps it"s global warming. Quilted jackets and sweatshirts may have become too warm for parts of the United States. Maybe better control of temperatures inside buildings has progressed to the point that we don"t need to take as many extra layers to meetings.



Fashionista recently had a heading "Fashion is still obsessed with quilting, according to the Fall 2020 runways". Modern fashion designers have picked up the quilted look and we see it on the runway. Shades of blue and darker plain fabrics seem to lead the way. A look at Vogue tells us that quilting is the "in" thing for Fall.


What caught my eye was the quilted slippers! Do you think the Coronavirus has confined me to the house for too long?





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Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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