This is such an interesting thread. I'm gonna share my thoughts, and I'm kinda young and not very cultured so please bare with me and my story. So this spring/summer I am going to get baptized; my church usually has a big group baptism event at a nearby lake, so I decided that I should make a dress for the occasion. And I was thinking that this would be the perfect occasion to break out of a habit of dressing that I have been stuck in for the past 6-7 years: wearing tights/leggings with anything that isn't pants (dresses, skirts, shorts, even capri pants sometimes), even in the hottest parts of the summer (I live in Southern California, so it can be pretty hot during the summer). So I am going to try to make a green 1950s style knee-length dress for my baptism. Now to the reason I've been wearing tights and leggings with everything: I have some scars on my legs that I am ashamed of. I've been hiding these scars since I was 15 and I'm now 21. But now I've decided that I can't hide the scars anymore, and I think they might be a way to get other young girls to open up about their struggles and be a "tool" of outreach for me. And I've decided that my baptism will be the first time I don't try to hide my scars because it's a symbol of a new beginning for me; I'm going to publicly declare my faith in Jesus Christ and admit to myself and anyone who asks, that I am not going to hide from my past anymore and that I am a flawed human being but my flaws will not stop me from being happy. And please do not think I am saying that I am proud of my scars or that I want to show them off, because that is far from the truth; I'm just saying that I will not let them ruin me or cause me anymore pain. I think I will continue to wear the tights and leggings during winter, but only for warmth purposes because we have some chilly winters despite our scorching hot summers.
So I was just wondering if anyone has ever seen a knitted pregnancy test (not functional of course) or a pile of flesh for one? I think this would be a really cool idea for baby shower invitations or birth announcements maybe. How difficult do you guys think it would be to make something like this? Thanks.
And like you said, mumus are just squares/rectangles basically. It's like they are just sacks with neck and armholes cut in them; the possibilities are endless. There is such a wide variety of straps and necklines that you could get out of altering a mumu. Sorry that I don't have any specific ideas. But like I said, check out that website and maybe some of her mumu transformations will spark something for you.
In response to the books having the covers ripped off and thrown in the dumpster: Does anyone know if there has every been a petition started for this practice to be change? If there hasn't been one we should try to start one. I have no clue who we would need to get involved (as far as companies, organizations, etc.), but I think it is worth a shot. I am a book lover and this makes me really sad, especially since there are children in other countries that don't know how to read because they can't go to school and can't even afford to have books in their homes. I get so mad when people throw things away, but the throwing away of books is the like the ultimate unforgivable act in my mind. My mom recently saved a book for me out of a dumpster at the elementary school that she works at, she said that the dumpster was half full with brand new text books but she didn't dig them out because they were covered in food (from the cafeteria, that's where my mom works) and all wet and nasty. This is not the first time my mom has seen this, she has worked at two different schools in the past ten or so years and numerous times she has found boxes full of text books in the dumpsters. She digs them out when she can, but most of the time they are already ruined from garbage that has been thrown on top of them. And also I just saw a notice at my local library that said that California might close lots of library branches due to lack of funding. This is another thing that is extremely tragic. Okay I really need to stop now because I am about to burst from anger.
There is a really informative book called "20th Century Fashion" by John Peacock. I actually just checked it out from my local library a few days ago because I'm working on a 1920's project. But anyways, the book came out in 1993 I think. It goes through each decade from 1900 to 1990 (doesn't include the 90s). It has really detailed illustrations of day wear, evening wear, couture, accessories, etc., as well as descriptions for the pieces. You might also want to look at "Fashion of the Decade" from the Facts on File series. I'm not sure how informative the 1970's one is, but I have looked at the 1950's and 1920's editions and they have a lot of good information and pictures. Also you might want to look for vintage clothing price guide books. So check your local library to see if you can find any of these books. Also I just checked on Amazon.com and you can pick up "20th Century Fashion" by John Peacock for less than $10 used (I'm so buying myself a copy of this book!). And I just looked up "Fashion of the Decade" for the 1970s and it looks like you can also buy a really cheap used copy of that off of Amazon.com. Here are the links to the Amazon pages for both books. http://www.amazon.com/Twentieth-Century-Fashion-Sourcebook-John-Peacock/dp/0500015643/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299189024&sr=1-3 http://www.amazon.com/Fashions-Decade-1970s-Jacqueline-Herald/dp/0816024707/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299188912&sr=1-2