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Now I'm no fashionista but I do know enough not to leave the house in a pair of patchwork track suit pants of the polar fleece variety. I'm all for comfort but some things should really stay behind closed doors and never see the light of day......

When I was younger my mother made her own pair of tracky daks out of leftover, brightly coloured (and patterned) squares of polar fleece. I mean how many bad outfits have to die before you have enough scraps for a pair of pants? Now, as I understand it, tracky daks aren't all that expensive to buy ready made......we have a local Kmart......but no, my mother was way too clever for that......because it's actually not that easy to stitch fabric scraps into the shape of pants......it takes real perseverance, especially because there isn't a pattern for them ;o)

She would wear them everywhere......in front of my friends......up to Coles for a spot of grocery shopping. I'll never forget the look on my husbands face when he first saw them......and every time since......sometimes, if we were really lucky, she would dress them up with a plaid flannelette shirt......are you getting a visual yet? That's how we knew when it was a special occasion......

Did your mother quilt her own outfits? 
Or did she ever do anything else to really embarass you???
I'd love to know it's not just me......
Do you do anything to embarass your kids???

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  1. This is so funny, just picturing it right now..
    xx

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    1. Hi Annie,
      They were soooooo out there.
      And with plaid.....mmm...m
      Tania xx

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  2. It's a rite of passage to be embarrassed by a mother.

    This trackie dacks sound wild.
    Carolyn

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    1. They were hard to miss ;o)
      I never worried if people were looking at me that's for sure!!!
      Tania xx

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  3. My mum didn't quilt her outfits but we all wore handmade when handmade was totally out. She embarrassed me by standing up for her rights and getting refunds when goods were faulty..now I do the same thing..and probably have embarrassed my kids..hehe! You don't realise there is a generation gap until you are the one causing your own kids embarrassment..and don't care either!!

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    1. I think that's the trick......the not caring ;o)
      Tania xx

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  4. Oh my, that's hilarious, they sound hideous :)

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  5. We need pics! So as to grasp totally what you are saying! Nice one cause I'm sure your mum's ace!

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    1. Hi Pippa,
      Do you know I haven't actually got a pic but they are not unlike the blanket pictured above......except fleecy.
      Google images didn't even have anything similar ;o)
      Tania xx

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  6. Chuckling here at the visual of this one! I am actually quite impressed at her sewing skills. Making patchwork tracksuit pants would have been quite a challenge I think! xx

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    1. Who even thinks of it Emma? ;o)
      There's a reason you can't get a pattern......
      Tania xx

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  7. I love the visual. Like Carol, my mum made all my clothes which I hated. I was so excited when I got a 'bought' pant suit when I was about 12! x

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    1. Hi Penny,
      I loved the seventies and eighties too ;o)
      Tania xx

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  8. So funny! My mother the professional seamstress fortunately never embarrassed me by the clothes she wore or even made me wear. But she was deaf and used to ask me the most embarrassing questions quite loudly at the most inappropriate moments, like waiting in the doctors office etc.

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    1. You win Deanne,
      That would be embarassing ;o)
      It's probably funny looking back on it though!!!
      Tania xx

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  9. When my children are misbehaving, I "threaten" to dance in the school yard next to them and embarrass them when the school-start-music comes on every morning. It works very well! Mx

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    1. That's a scream ;o)
      I've been known to threaten my kids with similar things.
      Now I'm wondering about all those Mums I see whispering 'sweet words' to their kids in the morning before school......
      Tania xx

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  10. he he too funny Tania can picture it! What ever happened to the pants? wonder if they are still out there somewhere! Jo xx

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    1. Those things just keep on keepin' on.
      You know good patchwork......it lasts for generations ;o)
      Tania xx

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  11. hahaha!! Yes, I remember my mum making me stuff that I absolutely hated like my red velvet dress with lace around the colour. Ugh! I hated that thing! I don't think we could ever top a polar fleeced patchwork tracky dacks number though:) LOL

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  12. lol Tania, you poor thing..I hope you are not too tormented by these daks...
    I saw a 50 something woman at the cafe the other day in 3/4 grey flair tracky daks with orange terry towelling sewn on as a hem and big pink corduroy pockets added...Noice!
    Bec x

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    1. Hi Bec,
      You know they couldn't have been easy to embellish ;o)
      I admire the dedication of some people......it's awesome to behold ;o)
      Tania xx

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  13. Ahaha Tania, those trakkies sound well hideous! My mum has always had her style on so no, I was never embarrassed by her...in that sense anyhow ;) However, today my 10 yo daughter just about died when I showed up in my well worn paint pants to pick her up from a birthday party :))
    Cas x

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It was so sweet of you to say HeLLo......ThanKs for stopping by.
Tania Maree xx