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Plaids and Kilts

Over to YD's house yesterday for a most belated kind of birthday party and I received my present from ED which was (as I had asked for it) not entirely unexpected - to wit a dressing gown - a big heavy towelling dressing gown in a sobre dark grey. It weighs a ton and I wonder how I shall ever wash it for surely it would most unbalance the washing machine. But I am a fan of dressing gowns and indeed would wear one all day, outside and in, if society permitted. You feel so much freer in loose clothing than you do with normal tight, buttoned and belted ware and especially when you have lost whatever sort of figure you may have once possessed. I suppose a Highland plaid was something like this though I have never managed to understand how a single piece of cloth could be fastened in such a way as to make a kilt (presumably without pleats) and a covering for the upper body too. Maybe FN could advise.

On the way there we popped into the new Range store that has taken over from Homebase on the outskirts of Cardiff and I spent almost £50 without meaning to. I had meant to buy a lampshade to replace the paper one that collapsed last week and costing about £2, but J wanted one with rabbits on costing four times as much. Then we bought plants. the Leylandii felling have created so much new light and space. Once you have spent more than you intended the odd extra £5 for fertilizer or £4 for a Mop head just doesn't seem to matter. And here am I living on my savings!

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Posted at 20th May 2019 - 08:09AM   Posted by Fennie   Plaids and Kilts Comments: 11

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Withy Brook's Avatar OH has a heavy towelling dressing gown but his is in dark blue. He will shortly change to a silk one that belonged to his father!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th May 2019 at 09:01AM

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Faith's Avatar That made me smile Withy - when I stayed at my sister's house recently in the bedroom with bathroom attached, I used the dressing gown hanging on the back of the door (blue towelling) and knew that it had belonged to my fathe who died in 2005 (we are a frugal lot re-using stuff, unlike spendthrift FennieLaughingLaughing)

Posted by: Faith on 20th May 2019 at 10:37AM

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Faith's Avatar PS Fennie, I agree with you - I would happily slob around in dressing gowns or pjs or shorts and a scruffy top in summer all the time, if I could get away with it.

Posted by: Faith on 20th May 2019 at 10:38AM

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Fennie's Avatar But Faith I am still using my grandfather's hairbrushes silver backed and about a hundred year's old. And I wouldn't have dropped a hint about a new DG if the old worn wasn't torn under the armpits and stained through years of use. (It was white and once fluffy!) I also have a silk one from Vietnam, beautifully embroidered with birds and asian scenes. It is bright red, but made for a Vietamese person about five foot tall.
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Posted by: Fennie on 20th May 2019 at 10:56AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar how to pleat a great kilt
There you go Fennie but since wool tartan is about £40 a yard and you need 8 yards to make a kilt you may want to stick to the dressing gown. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2019 at 01:40PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar ...you still need your sark underneath but perhaps not a cutty sark that's more for ladies. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2019 at 01:42PM

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Fennie's Avatar Thanks, FN. But I can't get the link to work.

Posted by: Fennie on 20th May 2019 at 02:28PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Probably because I'm trying to do it on my phone... try copying this one.
http://www.tartansauthority.com/highland-dress/ancient/
It's got more info and pics too.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2019 at 03:08PM

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Fennie's Avatar Most interesting, FN. I have worn a kilt (modern) and also a Roman Toga (or what I thought would pass for one) I don't think I'd be very warm in a Plaid though. But a curious place to wear a sark. Personally I wear sarks on my feet. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 20th May 2019 at 05:45PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing both keep you warm though!Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 21st May 2019 at 10:13AM

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Camilla's Avatar I used to have a bright red tartan kilt when I was about 9 Very Happy.

I love my long dressing gown it is Ivory and all snuggly and soft towelling, too warm to wear in the summer though, I have a finer White cotton one for the summer time.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2019 at 10:28AM

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