Monday, August 25, 2014

Columbia Minerva Awesomeness Part 2 - Sweaters!

Like wow, has it been almost two years since our first post on the incredibly cool Columbia Minerva fashions!  Well yes it has, and for those of you not familiar with this DIY sewing rag, check out the first post on the subject...

So let's see what else the fine fashionistas at Columbia Minerva were up to back in the 70s...

Shrink tops?  Hmmmm  I may be mistaken, but I don't think most gals want that! Oh wait they must be referring to the sweater vests.  Ohhhhh. (1)

They must have been on an elephant theme.  Check out Kathy's belt (two elephants fighting?) and the blue sweater on the bottom.  And yes in the pic above, I do believe there is an elephant too.  What gives?? (2)

Oh now we go from "shrink tops" to "flip tops."  Groovy colors and awesome hats!!  However, I just don't remember any of these at the discos of the 70s.  It must have been the moms who got into this stuff.  They were like "Oh my little Sally will look so adorable in that purple sweater with green and red stripe sleeves!"  But Sally is like "Uhh, gee, mom you shouldn't have, no, really, you shouldn't have."

The next two pics are completely random.  I'm not sure where they came from , but this seemed as good a place as any for them....

Karen obviously liked to play games.  (I think we all know how this one will end up, in a draw)  Still at least it's being playful.

And a really random pic of Kathy, not sure if this from Columbia Minerva or not.  However, that flower thing on the front looks like it weighs about 5 lbs.  The headband is groovy too!!


(1) Okay, these kinds of vests are not really popular where I live.  Mainly because we rarely have cold enough weather for them.  So I can be forgiven for not understanding all the various nuances of the genre.

(2) Actually, many years ago, I dated a gal who had a thing for elephants.  She had elephants everywhere in her apartment - elephant sculptures, elephant pictures, elephants on her plates, you name it.  It made it really easy to get her a gift.  But I'm glad it didn't work out.  Otherwise I might have a real life pet elephant today!


  1. My great aunt must have bought that book because all of us girl cousins got those crocheted vests for Christmas one year. Mine was done in multi-colored variegated yarn, you know, so it would go with everything! I actually really like it! Mine was more like Kathy's in the first photo. These were the "rage" in my school!

    1. I do remember them somewhat in our school also. It's just that it was usually not cold enough for them, so they weren't that common. Still they must have made great Christmas presents!

  2. Oh wait they must be referring to the sweater vests. ...