Clothes of the Seventies, Cheese cloth

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Description: Shirts, dresses, skirts anything was made from cheese cloth, it was crinkly so you didn't need to iron it. It used to shrink sometimes just on the first wash sometimes with every wash. If it was cream coloured you had to soak it in cold tea after washing to keep its colour.
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Dean - January 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I think what was called cheesecloth in the UK we called cotton gauze or even "crinkly cotton gauze" in the US. I remember seeing shirts made out of it, identical for men and women, from the late 60s through the mid-70s, almost always in "natural" colors, meaning off-white to cream to beige. A lot of them had like flower or vine embroidery around the neck in almost the same color as the fabric. I mostly remember crinkly cotton gauze used in women's peasant skirts and sundresses, which stayed popular until about 1978. These were from just below the knee to floor-length and usually white, but some had tiers of different muted, pastel colors edged in eyelet lace. Worn with wedge-heeled sandals or ankle-wrapped jute espadrilles.

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