I felt compelled to do a little back-to-school clothes shopping for myself. In the mail, I found a 20% off coupon for a store I frequent. I am not, nor have I ever been particularly interested in fashon trends. I'm thinking that could be attributed to having worn a uniform to school for twelve years. Anyhoo, now that I am almost always the oldest person at the table for any given meeting at work, I feel the need to have a wardrobe that is to some small degree current. One pleasant suprise awaited me. There is a definite 1960's Mad Men vibe out there in ready-to-wear. I picked up a few garments that I will enjoy wearing. There is a different trend going on that I found irritating beyond words. Finishing techniques have really gone downhill. Seam allowances are skimpy, with most items having been serged, This results in an itchy seam that is responsible for most of the clothing I wear in the privacy of my own home to be turned inside out. The real irritant is the substandard finishes on knit tops and blouses. For the most part they are raw edges! You can't fool me, garment industry. These awful finishes are not to enhance the look of an article of clothing, they are just a lot cheaper to produce. Ruffles are everywhere this season, but the edges are either cut with a hot knife or, in the case of woven material, frayed. I have an image of every home-ec teacher twitching in their graves as these clothes are hung in stores across this nation. I'd also like all brides to realize that the sleeveless, neck-less gowns on offer are not particularly flattering. The manufacturers are saving scads of money by eliminating the sections of gowns which require skilled fitting knowlege to accomplish. Anyhoo, I'm giving serious thought to dusting off ye olde sewing machine to make myself some skirts.