From the Collins English Dictionary:
plural noun: Glad Rags
- (informal) best clothes or clothes used on special occasions
I’m adding a new definition.
2. (informal) new clothes to celebrate a landmark event or achievement.
Friday’s surgery marked the very last event of the post-cancer medical-merry-go-round I’ve been on for the last three years. While I’m still sore and tired three days later, the operation has finally restored me to
normal as normal as I’m ever going to get, and I’m totally thrilled. It’s time to stop hiding in baggy garments. I am going to ceremonially dispose of the frumpy, ugly undies, the high necked, high-armholed tops, the nana-nighties, all the clothes designed to make me invisible, or at least, extremely recessive. So obviously, replacements are going to be required.
I’m not proposing to start making undies, I think our very nice local lingerie shop has a better selection than I could hope to achieve. But I do want some pretty tops and nighties so I can retire the most ‘blah’ and outsize parts of my wardrobe, and once again be the outgoing, confident dresser I used to be. And I can sew. It’s a no-brainer, really…
First there was a rootle in my dressmaking fabrics box which turned up a black, white and red print. Then there was a repurposing of some pretty dark blue batik quilting fabric and a co-ordinating blender print. I have some lovely navy and white guitar-pick print kindly sent to me by Granny Maud’s Girl some time ago, which I shall team with white. I hauled out some sweet blue floral Japanese fine cotton, and found a pretty bright lilac with white spots in the oddments bin at Spotlight. I have a very easy, quick Burda pattern which can be made as a scoop-neck sleeveless dress, tunic or top, and another which will make a pretty nightie pattern in the right fabric. I am so ready for a change…
Time for some Glad Rags, I think…