oh, my, I totally made this pillowcase dress after seeing it in Sassy magazine, circa 1992, in my days of discovering thrift stores and Nirvana and Doc Martens.
For a teen girl in a small town, finding Sassy on the rack at my local Safeway was a lifesaver in those pre/early-internet days when I wanted to know what the rest of the world (or at least the country) was like and was thinking. I first read about Sonic Youth and R.E.M. and a million other bands & saw funky fashion & shoes in the pages. I realized it was ok to feel like no one understood me (all teens probably feel this, but in a small town, it can be truly stifling) and to want more adventure in my life.
After years of teen-bopper zines like Teen & Seventeen, Sassy was awesome as the writers took risks, pissed off advertisers, and helped bring in the 3rd wave of feminism & riot grrls by telling us young ladies that it was ok to be a feminist yet also want cute shoes.
Sassy went through a sad decline after it changed publisher hands & eventually died. Later, Jane magazine followed in its footsteps, with Jane Pratt, the editor, returning for another journalistic spin on the typical lady fashion magazine. I faithfully subscribed, but it was never quite the same as Sassy. I had moved to the big city and graduated college and gotten access to the internet by now, so I had other sources for this info.
I came across this website today that is like an online version of Jane & Sassy magazines (RIP) - with Jane Pratt (former editor of both). How did I not know about this? A fun read, some nostalgia about Sassy, and it’s nice to see Jane is still kicking it.