Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Petticoat Weddings

I am really going to date myself with this posting as petticoats went the way of poodle skirts, saddle shoes and sock hops many years ago! I was reminiscing earlier this morning about how my sisters and I used to play for hours with each other. No tv was required, no dvd's no parental supervision. 


We'd break out our petticoats and start layering. We'd pull our petticoats up to our arm pits and then continue down from there, layering as we went. It was our attempt to create what we felt was the perfect wedding gown. We wore strapless wedding gowns before they were in fashion...Then we'd find the petticoat with the greatest amount of tulle and place it over our head as a wedding veil.  We giggled and laughed and practiced walking down the aisle, humming Here Comes The Bride as we walked! I don't remember when we quit playing that way, but it sure is a vivid and happy memory!


We'd also practice walking while balancing books on our heads. It was supposed to help you learn to walk with style and grace. I am smiling now as I don't know why it was supposed to do that, but my Mom had a way of creating fun while spending no money just telling a story and then letting us use our imagination. We were often practicing for our runway walks for Miss America. We'd take turns piling the books on our heads competing to see who could carry the most and walk the farthest without dropping a book. Silly girls; loads of fun.


So a silly post today...just going for a stroll with my petticoat down memory lane...


Thanks for obliging my sentimental journey! Hope you spend some time taking a sentimental journey of your own...I know I've a reader or two that grew up in my generation...female readers. Does anyone else out there remember playing petticoat wedding? And if you are of the male persuasion and played petticoat wedding, I'm not here to judge...


Loves~Loves~Loves~

28 comments:

Shelly said...

I grew up in the 60's and 70's, so I guess petticoats were gone by then. My mom, though, tells a story of walking down a street in Mexico with two petticoats on and both falling OFF at the same time. She said she just stepped out of them and kept walking.

I loved your memories and stroll through the past- thank you for sharing!

Claudia Moser said...

I love to be part of your journey!

jabblog said...

Lovely memories! I hope our children and grandchildren have been able to build such a memory bank.

Sweet Tea said...

That brings back good memories for me. When you're talking petticoats, "more was always better!".

Shady Del Knight said...

I'm tempted to go there but I'm not going to play that card this time, Sush. :) Here's a memory for you. Remember the TV series Petticoat Junction set in Hooterville? Sounds like my kinda town! (LOL) It was common in the boomer years to see young women in romantic movies and TV sitcoms balancing books on their heads and practicing how to walk like Miss America. It's a sign of the times that the Miss America pageant, once a major annual event that the whole family watched together as intently as the World series, the Super Bowl or a presidential election, has faded in importance to such a degree that it has been relegated to cable TV and comes and goes each year virtually unnoticed.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness I remember putting books on my head and walking too!

sandie

Bouncin' Barb said...

I remember petticoats and crinoline's all too well. I also used to take my mothers scarves and put them on my head with a hairband so I could be a bride. Always was fun. Yes, we are getting older aren't we? haha. Great post.

Darlene said...

Oh yes. I used to play petticoat wedding everytime I went to visit my grandmother. I knew right where it was stored, and I always looked forward to pulling it out of the drawer to play wedding. thanks for reminding me!

Belle said...

I used to dress up in my mom's sheer blue curtains she kept in the cupboard. I'd wrap myself up in them and pretend it was an evening gown. I don't remember playing 'wedding' though. Dress-up is a fun memory for me too.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Sush,

you have given me a memory today of something that I had long forgotten, dressing up and plaing the wedding game.

Such innocents that we were!

Thanks for that as it certainly has me smiling now.

Hope that you have a good week.
It is raining here in Ireland again,

I'm thinking of building an arc!!!

x Fiona

Thisisme. said...

Great fun post today my friend! And wasn't Mr Shady behaving himself today. I'm very impressed!! Hee Hee!! Gosh, I do remember those net petticoats from the 60's. I remember them being layered in different colours and they made the skirts stand out. I would also wear a wide belt round my waist. That post really brought back memories for me today!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Oh, Sush
I remember petticoats. In 1959 I was in grade school, and my mom used to starch our petticoats so stiff that they would crackle when we walked. :)

Fun post. ...Marsha

laurie said...

oh yes I do,,what great memories, you made me smile,, i can just see you playing dress up,, its a favorite in our family as well.Thankyou so much for your kinds words,, made my day.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--I love this!!! I want one for my torso so she's dressed! lol
Xo
Cindy

Donna said...

Wow! We must have been born the same day the same year! Ha! My sisters and I LOVED petticoats and used to put them on with our dresses and TWIRL!! Clacky shoes too that make a clacking noise as you walked to accentuate the skirts. So cool!
And yes, my mother would have LIKED us to walk with books on our heads but alas, I hated that.
ThanYOU for the sentimental journey!!!

Christine said...

I remember wearing petticoats but not playing with them. I'm sure my mother wouldn't let us. I have an adorable picture of my sister and I wearing our new dresses with petticoats underneath going out to there. Little girls looked like little girls in those days.

Leontien said...

Haha Oh Yeah! i can Soooooooo remember this! Me and my little sister dressing up all the way!

Great post and so glad to be back here!

big hugs
Leontien

Pearl said...

No petticoats over here, but my mother DID have two pairs of "go-go boots"! :-)

Pearl

yaya said...

I never played petticoat wedding..but I did play dress up and I loved my Mom's high heels! We didn't watch TV hardly at all. Heck, we only had 3 channels! We played outdoors in the summer until it was dark, then it was time for ghosts in the graveyard and hide and seek...not a chubby kid among us! Now, if I could only do that today!

Crystal Pistol said...

I love that you shared you memory with us. I enjoy playing with the vintage petticoats I come across. Perhaps I will introduce your wedding game to me daughters so they can carry on the tradition. :)

First House on the Right said...

Memory lane is lovely. Your petticoat days sound like oodles of fun! Nicolex

Pat MacKenzie said...

First House on the Right has coined a new phrase to describe those fun childhood days of the 1950s and 60s - "petticoat days". I have such fond memories of those times. Remember the 50-yard crinolines. Some girls would wear them to school and then not be able to sit at their desks! And saddle shoes that always had to have the white part polished. Thanks for bringing those memories to mind.

Sarah Pearson said...

I played pillowcase wedding. Does that count?

And m daughter (15) is currently looking for a petticoat like that to go underneath her 50's style prom dress. Yep, it's all back :-)

Bonnie said...

Petticoats are so underrated now.

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Denise J. Hughes said...

What a fun post! I think every girl ought to have a petticoat to dress up with - only without all the starch! :)

Ina in Alaska said...

We never played petticoat wedding but I remember walking with the book on my head too! It was very important to have good posture!

I agree, back in my day we had no TV, laptops, iPads or DVDs to entertain us either. We had to play OUTSIDE! Roller skating, ice skating, dodge ball, kick ball, talking to neighbors - remember having neighbors who you knew who they all were? I mean everyone in the houses on your block! Sigh.... Glad you thought the idea of giving the uneaten candy to the military was a good idea. I loved it! Have a great day!

kneesandpaws said...

Hi Sush, I remember playing dress up but we didn't have a petticoat. Have you noticed that tutu's are all the rage for little girls these days? I made do with my mom's church clothes and high heels. I also used to beg my brothers to dress up too. Sometimes they'd wear a tie or my dad's suit jacket just so I'd stop nagging. Thanks for bringing that memory to the surface. And before I forget, are you feeling okay? I read a comment on Diane's blog about you having a procedure on your back. I hope you are okay...sending love and positive intentions for a fast healing.

Gawgus things... said...

Ahhh, this is such a lovely post!Sounds like you had such a giggle :)