Who Remembers 1978?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but that year brought me my 3rd child in 3 years with the 4th and final one arriving by 1980. Daily life was a blur of diapers before disposables and making baby food in a blender for all of them. Breastfeeding and wearing nursing bras seemed to be the only attire in my closet. There was little time for fun sewing except to make more plastic lined diaper covers and baby dresses and hope that the teething stage would pass quickly in time for their progression into nursery school.

So, imagine my surprise this week when I received a whole collection of unfinished baby quilts donated to our local American Sewing Guild. Flashback to 1978 and Holly Hobby quilted fabrics/flannel and nylon blanket binding with the original sales receipts from Sears in a huge bag. When I say “unfinished” there were 4 cut pieces 45 by 55 inches of quilted assorted colorways along with 4 cut flannel pieces that all needed to be attached and some sort of binding attached along the edges.

Since I had no idea of the best way to attach already quilted fabric to thin flannel, I decided to just use my bartack stitch on my machine and space them out as evenly as I could to join the 2 together. Then, I made the binding using fabric I had in my stash and not use the nylon binding in the package.

In addition to that darling selection, there was also a thick home dec quilted piece along with it’s own piece of flannel also unattached and needing a binding.

Thought you would like to see the label and the price back then. I can remember as a small girl in the 1950’s that you could send not $1.00 along with 3 labels for a free selection of ribbons but just 10 cents. Imagine! What you got was a nice little collection of laces, rick rack and ribbons to use for doll clothes. These days this same package costs $5.

This time I attached the 2 layers with a straight stitch following the zigzag quilted lines on the top layer and using the nylon binding as a regular binding. I attached it to the back and flipped it to the front and stitched it along the folded edge. The stitching on the flannel back looked like a frame and the corners were done separately to hold them securely.


Yes, I know the corners did not match up exactly but in the world of community sewing for charities, maybe it won’t be such a big deal to a homeless family just needing to keep the kids warm. You can see the rough texture of the home dec fabric but it was double the thickness of the Holly Hobby ones.

Finally, this navy and white beauty was left in a garbage bag for years in a storage unit after being totally pieced by hand. One of our generous ASG members offered to quilt it on her large quilting frame after another member, Sandi, added the blue borders and all those quilting swirls helped to hold all the pieces together and attach the backing. Now all it needs is the edge  binding and it can be given to a needy family too.

For those of you who are wondering…well, Mrs Mole…how about some wedding photos?

OK, have you seen this beauty on the internet from Pronovias Bridal? At least there is no train to bustle up!!!!

It will be shocking for the guests at the wedding, never mind the groom and officiant/priest…Mamma Mia! At least the flowers are strategically arranged to cover her lady parts!

Happy January sewing everyone!

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59 Responses to Who Remembers 1978?

  1. Helen says:

    I wonder where you’d start to let it out if the bride bought it a size too small, and of course that’s just what would happen

    • mrsmole says:

      Mr. Mole said that no matter how tight the outfit was already, you know the bride could use some tightening up somewhere! Maybe “letting out” would just entail opening a seam and letting more skin show?

  2. So nice of you all to finish this work for charity. I’m sure some family/person will really appreciate it! And I thought you had already shown me some scandalous brides – this tops it all! 😂

  3. sewruth says:

    I remember 1978 and Holly Hobby! Good work on the unfinished quilts – you are always thinking of others. If I ever get married again, you’ve just found my perfect ‘dress’ – LOL!

  4. jay says:

    Do I remember 1978? Yes, and I remember the prices of things too. Your quilts will be gratefully received I’m sure, there’s always a need for something sewn with love! What can one say about the bridalwear? The lace is pretty, what there is of it.

  5. Tia Dia says:

    Finishing off the quilts seems like a breather after that last dress! I remember Holly Hobby, although I seemed to have more Sunshine Family stuff to play with than HH.

    And I have nothing to say about that bridal outfit, except you’ve got to be kidding!

    • mrsmole says:

      Finishing other people’s projects is a bonus and nice diversion from ivory tulle for sure! I can go from quilting bindings to OMG…”where is the rest of that outfit?” in a flash!

  6. Rena says:

    I have a holly hobby quilt my mom bound when I was little that I slept with even after I was married. I gave it to my first born. My 18 year old has it now and it’s looking pretty tattered but she still sleeps with it! Nothing says pure like naked bride! Ugh!

  7. ANGELA says:

    Perhaps that “bridal outfit” was meant to be placed in the Victoria’s Secret book for the honey moon night? ahem…. good grief!

    • mrsmole says:

      No room for hiding a garter under there for the garter toss section of the reception! Love the touch of covered buttons near her ankles…wait didn’t anyone notice those down there?

      • SJ Kurtz says:

        No, I did not. Hangs head in shame. On the other hand, I am one of those kids who sent the labels in for the bag of trims. Which really were the perfect size for my troll doll and Barbie sewing. So I call it a draw.
        We have a pile of heirloom quilts that are too handworked to survive any physical attention (although truly beautiful felt applique work on the deeply racist cowboy one), but one I made with machine embroidered airships on a 1976 ‘flowered landscape and horizon’ sheet set has survived and lives on my teen son’s bed. I did not make it to last, and it has, so who knows?

      • mrsmole says:

        It is funny to think how many of us are connected with those little scraps of ribbons etc! Amazing that a quilt would last so long!

  8. Renita says:

    Why do brides today want to look like hookers??? Renita

    • mrsmole says:

      Some brides who want to look like Jessica Rabbit, actually more modest than this girl, want the guests to envy them and also make past boyfriends jealous. Sometimes the whole intention of the wedding, the joining of two souls is lost in the drama.

  9. Laura Jansen says:

    Well heck, quilting! I’m so glad you shared what you did with those quilts and no – there are no rules that have to be followed. Anyone who gets them will be delighted. I just donated 12 of my quilts to the cancer unit at Kaiser. The first day of chemo – the patient gets a comfort quilt. Again, thanks for sharing. Now, that “wedding” onesie? Hmmmm.

    • mrsmole says:

      Our local ASG donates quilts to the local Veteran domiciliary every year to returning vets. One year the members made and donated 250 all using patriotic fabrics for both men and women. I’m sure the recipients of yours going through cancer treatment feel the love you put into them, Laura.

  10. What I want to know is what on earth would the groom wear??? Perhaps just an extra long and wide tie to cover essentials?

  11. Brenda says:

    My first was born in 1978 and my second in 1980. Such wonderful memories of Holly Hobbie! If either of my girls wanted to get married in that “get up” I would not have gone to their weddings!

  12. Sandi Benfield says:

    I Agree with Renita, this is a hooker’s wedding outfit…can’t really call it a gown😜

  13. Donnalee says:

    I loved Holly Hobbie (-y? I forget). It’s great to finish quilts and give them to those who need them.

    Hmm, that ‘outfit’ doesn’t seem very ‘fit’ to go ‘out’ in!

  14. Miss Celie says:

    I’m a bicentennial baby and the Holly Hobbie gave me some serious flashbacks!

    That catsuit is the stuff of nightmares.

  15. kathyh says:

    I remember having to wait those six weeks for those tidbits. Now, everyone wants their items yesterday.
    *** Probably some serious chafing near her lady bits.

  16. SueinMn says:

    When our baby #2 was on the way her 3 year old sister chose a quilted panel, flannel and nylon binding for her baby blanket over my protests. Imagine my surprise 35 years later as it’s my grandson’s favorite, raggedy binding and all. All the “nice ” handmade quilts and blankets are ignored.

  17. Mem says:

    i can see this wedding garment chopped off at the legs in a homage to hot pants 😋What do you think ?

  18. Susan Hart says:

    YES!!! I to remember 1978! My 1st child was just one year old! I was living with my mom and trying to also decifer the new fangled ‘disposable’ diapers…(these had no elastic legs to keep the poop inside)… and also washing tons of cloth diapers as well.
    Like you it was nursing pads, strange bustline outlines in my clothing, trying to figure out my National Guard duty once a month also in my breastfeeding schedule and applying for welfare and foodstamps and looking for a job with my newly acquired electronics training via the Army!
    Fun times! I definitely remember Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Gunne Sax and Holly Hobbie too

  19. pdxknitter says:

    I belong to the ASG here in Portland Oregon (PAST president, woot!), and among other things, we’ve been sewing baby blankets for Randall Children’s Hospital. I’ve also been going through the basement boxes and trying to sew up, give away or toss things. Found a box of my grandma’s fabric, UFOs, etc. There were a a bunch of 8″ (more or less) coordinating squares for a baby quilt. Grandma passed in the 90s, and didn’t do much sewing for 10 years prior. So these squares have to be 70s or so. Anyway, all the coordinating fabric was there, so I put together two Children’s hospital tops, and finished one. Someone will think they are adorable and love them. Don’t anyone be horrified. I never did have kids, neither did my brother. Even if I had, the pattern and colors aren’t my thing. Someone will love the funny little circus theme, and grandma’s work will have gone to good use instead of sitting in a box. And I got something OUT of my studio!

    • mrsmole says:

      Such a cool story! Quilt squares can last forever. I remember seeing quilts from the 70’s being brought into the quilt shop where I worked and all they needed was the binding. It is a great feeling seeing a project leave the sewing room isn’t it?

  20. pdxknitter says:

    Shouldn’t those little buttons be on the OUTSIDE of her leg? Makes no sense on the inside. Look at me talk about making sense when the subject is that, uh, attire item. LOL

  21. Kim says:

    That was the year I was married. And my dress didn’t look anything like that!
    I remember Holly Hobby too. Well done to you and all of your sewing friends finishing the quilts so they can be used by someone who needs them. You must make lots of people very (warm and) happy 😃

  22. Donna says:

    Good Grief. What next😱

  23. Cate says:

    I went to college with the girl/woman whom Holly Hobbie was based upon – her mother was the artist. Sadly, my classmate died of lymphoma in the early 1990’s, so Holly Hobbie is always a bittersweet memory for me.

  24. Sheila Tindall says:

    So if the bride is in this lace cat suit and the groom in a long wide weighted tie, I am wondering what some to the guests would wear. The wedding pictures would be very interesting.

  25. raquel from jc says:

    The pronovia pictures you showed here are actually the photos of a Spanish celebrity famous for showing almost every inch of skin during the New Year’s eve tv show!! Ms.Pedroche reveals her outfit minutes before midnight. And every year there is a controversy about plagiarism of the dress!

  26. mrsmole says:

    She certainly makes a point and a good showing before the New Year begins!

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