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Thread: What I heard on the radio this morning about clothing.

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    The report said that clothing has gotten so expensive to make that most all manufactures are using less fabric and calling it the style and using longer stitches in the seams. The new high priced jeans have long thick thread stitches and it's the 'new' must have look. You are paying more for a lot less. Only a few denim jeans brands are 100% quality cotton denim and not sold in most clothing stores. Most people who rely on quality cotton clothes for work or play are buying Carhartt, and the quality hunting/outdoor wear and forgoing dept store clothes.

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    I heard the same on my radio. I have not seen any of the new styles as they are called yet they sure do not sound good.

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    This new look will probably fall apart after a couple of washings.

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    Yes after the new look falls apart after 2 washings, then we start up a new business called "New Look Mending" LOL

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    Another trend is polyester T -shirt type . I recently purchased a shirt that if you saw it from 5 ft away you would think is was a painted or screen printed cotton knit shirt. Well it is 100 percent poly. I liked it for the print and it was very light weight.... but it pilled like crazy. This is one of those time I ask myself .... why did I not remember from the first time Poly knits hit the market years ago?!!

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    I will have to check this out when we take my grands clothes shopping this weekend :D:D:D

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    My teen niece (who lives with me) and my DGD loves the Miss Me jeans and these jeans are horribly made, have the long thick thread stitching, a lot of big plastic crystals and metallic thread are used on the jeans as embellishments. The denim isn't really denim, but the thin 'stretch' fabric that looks like denim. No use explaining the quality for what you pay for to teen girls about clothes, that's a lost cause. Wet Seal and Rue 21 (teen stores) all have the jeans now with the big thick stitching. I didn't think anything about it until I heard the report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The report said that clothing has gotten so expensive to make that most all manufactures are using less fabric and calling it the style and using longer stitches in the seams. The new high priced jeans have long thick thread stitches and it's the 'new' must have look. You are paying more for a lot less. Only a few denim jeans brands are 100% quality cotton denim and not sold in most clothing stores. Most people who rely on quality cotton clothes for work or play are buying Carhartt, and the quality hunting/outdoor wear and forgoing dept store clothes.
    I'm not surprised... corporations are squeezing everything out of us that they can... I am going to look into "scrubs"... I dont particularly care about being stylish and it may look like I just got off work... LOL... and best of all they look sooooo comfortable and have adjustable tie waists.

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    I am so glad I know how to sew! Otherwise I would not have anything to wear.

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    I was shopping for new school clothes for my 6th and 8th grader and was shocked at the horrible pants! Thankfully my kids wouldn't look at them because they were so ugly, not to mention expensive (most were in the $45-$70 range on sale!). We wound up in Sears and my son got a pair of carpenter pants in the work clothes area. They were $40 but at least they won't fall apart. My hard-to-fit daughter wound up with spandex leggings that were $20 a pair.

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    Miss Me jeans are cute for teen girls but not made to last. My niece likes wearing them. As I tell her, it's your backside in them not mine. LOL.

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    So sad!

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    I used to sit my two daughters down and tell them how much they could spend for school clothes. Then I made them write out a list and put down about how much each thing would cost and how much they would have left after buying ONE fancy named pair of shoes or pants, etc. That was a wake up call for them, they usually bought ONE pair of pants that we all (most of the time) agreed was pretty and would wear, then bought lesser priced things to go with it. Sewing suddenly became a nice hobby, and I just sent the oldest one of the skirts she made as a teenager. She might keep it for her 2nd granddaughter!!!!!

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    You just confirmed what I've been suspecting for these last several years. They're blending in synthetics to keep their costs low and their profits up.

    I mean, I can't even get all-cotton socks any more. It so annoys me to see "Organic cotton" in large letters on the front of the sock packaging and then see that it's only maybe 60% cotton. The rest is spandex or some other artificial fiber (in the tiniest print hidden on the back). Not that I require organic cotton, but when you see that and have to pay the higher price for it, you expect the item to be pure cotton.

    Seems to me it doesn't really cost all that much more to use cotton and sew in some durability. Maybe this is an opportunity for someone who wants to start a business. Without having millions of stockholders to satisfy, the profit goal could just be earning a decent living for the people who work there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Another trend is polyester T -shirt type . I recently purchased a shirt that if you saw it from 5 ft away you would think is was a painted or screen printed cotton knit shirt. Well it is 100 percent poly. I liked it for the print and it was very light weight.... but it pilled like crazy. This is one of those time I ask myself .... why did I not remember from the first time Poly knits hit the market years ago?!!
    I've got one and while I love the shirt for it's style, I hate it. When I launder it - the whole thing is a in a wad stuck together. I have to pull it apart like saran wrap. And when wearing it, if any one part of it touches another - it stays there. I'm constantly re-adjusting it. ARGH!!

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    I recently bought a poly blouse that had a beautiful pattern. I was in a hurry and didn't try it on. When I got home I discovered the blouse had been made, then the whole blouse was printed because there had been wrinkles in the sleeves and the wrinkles weren't printed! Naturally it had been on sale and couldn't be returned. I have since noticed many blouses reduced on sale racks that have these printing mistakes. buyer beware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltbeagle
    I was shopping for new school clothes for my 6th and 8th grader and was shocked at the horrible pants! Thankfully my kids wouldn't look at them because they were so ugly, not to mention expensive (most were in the $45-$70 range on sale!). We wound up in Sears and my son got a pair of carpenter pants in the work clothes area. They were $40 but at least they won't fall apart. My hard-to-fit daughter wound up with spandex leggings that were $20 a pair.
    I just bought my sons clothes today. Jeans 100% cotton (Faded Glory brand so I know they will hold up) for $10. 100% cotton tshirts for between $3-6 each. You can still find inexpensive clothes that will last if you hunt around. We went to Walmart.

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    I hate spandex, especially in jeans. But have you tried finding 100% cotton ones? It is all but impossible. Especially if you are hard to fit, as she is. If only some of these girls realize how awful they look tn those painted on jeans. We are taking her boys ( 14 and 9)school shopping next week and we are both dreading it. The 14 year old is short and stocky and and 9 year old is skinny and long legged so they are both hard to buy for. She wishes that they both had to wear uniforms. That would solve a multitude of problems. While we are there, I will pick up a few things for Landon (our 4 year old grandson) When he came to visit, his pj's were looking pretty short and ratty. Just hope I can find something for a descent price.

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    We heard the same thing on the radio this morning. I only buy clothes when I need them and I have plenty to last a long time. I'm not a teen nor do I have any, no sweat here.

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    It is so sad also, that what they call style, really isn'ti much of style. I have a daughter that is hard to find fashionable clothing as she is tall and big. She also doesn't like clothes cut down to there, or cut up to there. So 99% it is blue jeans and t-shirts. As for me, I end up making most of my clothes. Just can't stand what they want us to purchase. That way at least I can get styles that are more fitting for me, and I don't have to advertise some companies name on my front or such. If they want me to wear their name---they need to pay me for the privilege of me doingit for them.

    Sibyl

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    glad I keep my clothes around for a while. How about those jeans that they sell that have holes already in them? Like I would pay for holely jeans. People must have more money than brains!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchjag
    glad I keep my clothes around for a while. How about those jeans that they sell that have holes already in them? Like I would pay for holely jeans. People must have more money than brains!!

    AMEN How in the world would someone want to purchase worn out clothing and the prices they want you to pay for those things.

    Also I found some denim skirts and jeans, and they looked as if they were dirty---come to find out---it was made that way---told them to keep them, I like my clothing clean looking--especially when I am just getting it from the store.

    Sibyl---who must be a fuddy dutty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Another trend is polyester T -shirt type . I recently purchased a shirt that if you saw it from 5 ft away you would think is was a painted or screen printed cotton knit shirt. Well it is 100 percent poly. I liked it for the print and it was very light weight.... but it pilled like crazy. This is one of those time I ask myself .... why did I not remember from the first time Poly knits hit the market years ago?!!
    YES AND THEY ARE VERY VERY HOT TO HAVE TO WORK OUT SIDE IN THEM.IT SEEMS LIKE THEY JUST MELT TO YOUR SKIN,NOT A GOOD FEELING EITHER

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    One of biggest pet peeves lately has been that it is impossible to find 100% cotton jeans...they all have lycra or spandex in them...I just hate the way they look on me, plus they stretch out after a couple of hours and I find myself pulling them up all day...I was seriously thinking of buying demim and making my own...or good will...they just aren't in the stores anymore.

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    I read labels carefully. No poly for me, its just too hot. Thrift store shopping is good yet. I make my dresses but since I like 100% cotton its getting expensive. I wear them until they literally fall apart. ( had one one the other day, scratched an itch on my chest and the fabric spilt got my dollars out of that.lol)
    I picked up some linen pants,tie waist, in Target on sale last month for $12 each .
    I am so glad I do NOT have to buy clothes for kids anymore.

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