Wednesday, June 9, 2010

rib ticklers

from the pamphlet: "these garments are designed to be very tight-fitting, and are intended to be approximately 6 inches smaller than chest measurement in order to obtain the 'stretched' look when worn."





{copyright 1971, coats & clark inc.}

15 comments:

giddy99 said...

er... they look like some potholders my mom used to have. ;)

Nancy-Jane said...

Wow, this totally made my day! My grandmother made many of these for me in the 70's. I loved each and every one of them. I think I even still have a couple of them in a box in the basement. I will have to try to remember to look for them.
Thanks for sharing!

Retro Plants said...

intentionally making the clothes smaller?
sounds new to me! ;)
well. . . they are pretty granny chic. . . so i guess it works!
{my mom SOOO had these in the 70's!}

Anke said...

I'm picturing my hubby in these outfits...ahhh... :)

Terry said...

Good heavens - *I* had that pattern book, and I made those vests one Christmas for everybody (all the women) in my then-in-laws family! What a blast from the past! I also made nose-warmers to match each one. *silly* They went over big.

Jan Pope said...

Oh my! I had these patterns too. I learned to crochet when I was 6 years old, so by the time I was in high school (when these were popular) I was crocheting some of my own things. These are some of the first things that I made for myself and I wore them too. I made the ones with the flower motifs in them. Boy do I feel old!

Made for You by Amy Plew said...

LOL! My Mom has the exact same rib tickler as the top photo - same colors and everything - from when she was a teenager! I borrowed it when i was in high school for a Halloween party. Now my youngest sister has it in her possession and wears it occasionally (she's cute like that). Thanks for sharing! :)

hillary said...

Sooo cute and funny. I guess the male models were instructed to look as creepy as possible (at least, as creepy as someone can look wearing a brightly colored potholder sweater vest).

superminx said...

Ah yes, the old "stretched crocheted square optical illusion for larger breasts" effect. Love it!

Comfort Circle said...

Who in the world cam up with "rib tickler"? I think this pattern needs to stay in 1971! Thanks for a great laugh!

alison said...

i love these! especially the men. could you imagine?! thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

I had one of these! But being as I was 6 or 7, mine didn't have that stretched look. ;)

gina said...

wow - you guys made my week with your stories of making/wearing these & just all your comments in general!!

I love that the posts I do like this are so well received...it's become quite the thrifting challenge to find ones I think will amuse & amaze you but I'll do my best to keep them coming :)

Waterrose said...

Happened across your blog and as I paged through I found myself on this post. My mom made me a few of these and I loved them. I actually have two that I found at a thrift store about a year ago. Loved them!

Del4yo said...

I'm a bit worried because I actually really like the first one.

But I can't stop laughing watching the last picture. Is the guy trying to hide behind the firl? I would do the same.