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Old 11-12-2015, 07:48 AM   #61
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The Size 11 jeans I wore in the 80's would now be Size 4 or 6. Not sure if that's number shrinkage, or clothing expandage.

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And your wife suddenly has to buy a dress size 10, whereas she used to wear size 8. See what I mean?
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The Size 11 jeans I wore in the 80's would now be Size 4 or 6. Not sure if that's number shrinkage, or clothing expandage.
Yeah, I'm now wearing size 8 jeans. That's crazy- I'm in good shape but have never worn size 8 jeans in my life. It was always 10 or 12.

This brings up another thought, though- the last few pairs of dress pants I bought start at the hipline, not the waistline. (This was a few years ago.) VERY annoying- I can't wear a blouse or shirt that has to be tucked in. It saves a fraction of a yard of material, though. DH has also pointed out that he can't find good, heavy T-shirts anymore- the fabric is flimsier. I notice shortcuts like fewer stitches per inch and smaller seam allowances (the margin between the seam and the raw edge). Anything to keep that price at $3.99.
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I agree that the hipline-jeans thing is annoying. I still have my defined-waistline pants, but risk being taunted about "mom jeans" when I wear them.

Good clothes definitely cost a whole lot more than the cheap ones...but I think they are still cheaper, accounting for inflation, than "back in the day." It would cost me more $$ to make my clothes, than to buy good ones. I still make a simple sundress now and then, using a $10.00/yard cotton print and a $17.00 pattern. It's worth it to get the length and fit just right.

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This brings up another thought, though- the last few pairs of dress pants I bought start at the hipline, not the waistline. (This was a few years ago.) VERY annoying- I can't wear a blouse or shirt that has to be tucked in. It saves a fraction of a yard of material, though. DH has also pointed out that he can't find good, heavy T-shirts anymore- the fabric is flimsier. I notice shortcuts like fewer stitches per inch and smaller seam allowances (the margin between the seam and the raw edge). Anything to keep that price at $3.99.
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The Size 11 jeans I wore in the 80's would now be Size 4 or 6. Not sure if that's number shrinkage, or clothing expandage.
That's the reverse effect of what I was suggesting. People would not think they got "bigger", but they did.

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I agree that the hipline-jeans thing is annoying. I still have my defined-waistline pants, but risk being taunted about "mom jeans" when I wear them.
But aren't we qualified to be in the grandma or grandpa age range?

My wife would not wear clothes for the younger generation. Nor would I.
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I figure the older I get, the more age-ranges I am qualified to represent!

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DH has also pointed out that he can't find good, heavy T-shirts anymore- the fabric is flimsier.
Costco t-shirts seem to be heavier than most others, IMHO. At least the black and grey ones I bought are. But, they don't have them in stock very often.
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Costco t-shirts seem to be heavier than most others, IMHO. At least the black and grey ones I bought are. But, they don't have them in stock very often.
Or Duluth Trading Company, heavy T's with 3" extra tail for those around you. Not cheap but they last.
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Or Duluth Trading Company, heavy T's with 3" extra tail for those around you. Not cheap but they last.
A little extra tail never hurts.
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My sister recently showed me her collection of Marie Callender pie tins. She has been saving them for 20+ years. You would be shocked at the current size tin versus what they sold many years ago. Kind of funny if it wasn't so pitiful.
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Oh, those package sizes Now I don't have feel self conscious when my wife complains about the shrinking package size anymore.
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From a post by Amethyst:
"Good clothes definitely cost a whole lot more than the cheap ones...but I think they are still cheaper, accounting for inflation, than "back in the day." It would cost me more $$ to make my clothes, than to buy good ones. I still make a simple sundress now and then, using a $10.00/yard cotton print and a $17.00 pattern. It's worth it to get the length and fit just right".[/QUOTE]

This brought back memories. I remember when chicken feed came in printed cloth sacks. Like maybe 50# bags. Mom saved these and would then make her house dresses out of this material. On her Singer treadle sewing machine. We're talking the early forties-the war years. The good old days.
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I've seen the occasional 11.5 ounce beers from Europe in my beer store. Sometimes I buy them id the price is right. The store advertises them as 12 ounce anyway! Also you can now buy 7 ounce bottles of beer, called *pony bottles*. Way overpiced of course, but people have them at parties for some reason. People with money to burn I guess.
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Also you can now buy 7 ounce bottles of beer, called *pony bottles*. Way overpiced of course, but people have them at parties for some reason. People with money to burn I guess.
We used to buy Miller's in small bottles, and also Little Kings. More expensive, but better in hot weather. Easy to slam drink before it gets warm...
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Did anyone else read the title "The Shrinking Package" and think of something else?
why yes, I did think of George Costanza.

but other than that , small packages are better imo. I would rather pay more per ounce than have to get through the giant economy size of most things other than laundry detergent.
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