Well, I went looking, but I was typing "Gunny Sacks" or.. some variation there-of... Finally, after some more sleuthing I realized she meant the dresses by Jessica McClintock, The Gunne Sax dress, or "prairie dress" that some of the hippie movement made popular. Examples:
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OMG... aren't those the most drool worth dresses ever? They are beautiful and well made, and I definitely can see why people would want one after seeing it in person. However, it looks like if you are over a modern size 6, you're probably SOL on getting one that fits unless you want to look matronly. But it did explain these patterns:
Those pattern covers look pretty hideous, right? No where near what the originals look like, and if you can't do the translating in your head you go "ICK!!". Then it dawned on me that my blue gingham dress is much in the same vain as these dresses. The wrong material and execution and you go from Romantic to Boner Kill (yes, I went there). Oui. I get compliments every time I wear my gingham maxi, so I'm going to assume I managed Romantic.
After seeing the orginal vs. the patterns, do you think you might be willing to try a hand at making a dress from these obvious knock-off patterns?