Wearable Wednesday Bessarion

Oh Ringo, you’re always forgetting your pants!?


This blouse is interesting enough to hopefully distract you from her RABBIT FEET?!


Lisa avoided costly baggage check fees by wearing everything she owned all at once.


Ok, your hair is kept out of the soup, but those cuffs will be sucking up some chowder.


Its just inside out right, I’m not crazy, am I?


I actually want this skirt. It would help me get over missing Roger Sterling so much.


This is giving me a pain. I’d like to see more of the dress, but the idea of that jacket belted is just too crazy.


When you are so thin that your headband can slide all the way to your calf without you noticing…..


Nobody likes clowns, Enid.


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Wearable Wednesday Datuna Sulikashvili

This is rude- but if you look quickly, it’s like she has those Frankenstein neck bolts….


They knew if she could move her arms, she’d smudge her lipstick.


Fiona and her chicken Mr Pennywhistle were inseparable.


I need to see more of this jacket.


Yes, please. 5 yards of this to me. NOW.


Evelyn, have you seen my chicken, Mr Pennywhistle? EVELYN??????


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Cymbal Monkeys or….Symbol Monkeys???

I was exhausted.Worn out- like an IUD at the Playboy Mansion- I was near the breaking point. At last I caught up with the daring spy ‘MATA ANNI’ in a small town best not mentioned for anything but ag college foolishness and too many stinking buffets. I’d chased her from Buena Vista to this hamlet and now it was payoff time! I approached her slowly like you would a group of rhino huddled around the produce guy as he unloads the mangosteens…..warily.


‘This is it cupcake- I get my answers now!’ I whispered to her between manly puffs on my snickerdoodle scented vape cigarette.

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She turned toward me waving away my fumes with the vigor of a sycophant housemaid waxing the hearth and trying to get in good with a particularly truculant housekeeper. I tried to focus on her tomato red bias edging peeking out from sleeve and interior- but those eyes……


 Eyes so brown and unfathomable I felt like a fat kid in his Easter suit confronted with a pristine puddle behind the rectory. Yeah, I was going to lose my chocolate rabbit over this girl, maybe even all my kinder eggs. But what a broad!

She looked at me like I was the last crab puff on a tray held by a waiter with a bandaid hanging precariously off his thumb knuckle. His tray holding thumb, no less. 

‘New Look 6519, unlined and without the extra cuff panel’ she breathed at me.


Before I could ask the skirt about the dress, she turned to expose the inside of her 3/4 length mandarin collared cymbal monkey duster. She had a way about her- suddenly I saw things I’d never seen before- like a priest with 3 pairs of chinos going into the wrong dressing room at Gimbels-

I knew then that this kid wouldn’t break. I was fighting a losing battle- like an OCD blackjack dealer in a room with 48 cards.


The inside of her jacket was unlined- that was no fiction- but I knew I’d never outlast a dame that had bias bound every seam of a 7 piece jacket with 2 part sleeves- she wasn’t lazy- she was insane. The kind of insane I liked. The kind of insane that made men and sewing needles break to her will and filled a trash can with the tawdry wrappers of 4 packages of bias tape.

Ok, you win, I thought- but then she smiled. A rare smile like seeing Helena Bonham Carter in a pair of coulottes- just as frightening, too. 

I still needed Intel on the dress, but she saw that I was like a cold tray of vegan haggis-totally without the guts.

‘The dress is Simplicity  1059-  3 other agents are handling that situation- I’m just here for the cymbal monkeys, Buster.’


Then she was gone- like the last steamed dumpling at a Paramus bar mitzvah. But I knew I’d see her again- maybe on Pattern Review, maybe in a smokey joint where drag queens go to wail  Air Supply ballads to an out of tune Casio keyboard……….we’d meet again.


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Wearable Wednesday Ria Keburia

Evan was very nervous about his ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ solo as the runway finale.


The stitcher missed the obvious message about how long to hem these.


Clown+ windbreaker= Wind-breaking clown?


Is she checking out his rear? Or just trying to find something less painful to focus on?


This is much cuter when a 4 year old wears it to escort an Olympian around a stadium as the anthem plays….


Ria never forgot her roots designing hospital gowns.


Step away from the pleater and let the healing start.


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Wearable Wednesday Viva Vox

Going clubbing, Mom, what gave you that idea? Of course we’re just going to the library!


I don’t know if I want to wear it or redecorate with it?!


I’d give my left ear to see the Middleton show up somewhere in this. Why should Princess Caroline have all the fun?


Her name was Lola- she was a showgirl.


From the e-book “35 clever things to do with leftover Christmas wrap!’


I think Portia wanted the stripey dress. She looks miffed.


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Wearable Wednesday Kaal E Suktae

This evening on ‘Strange thin disturbances’ we go inside an abandoned factory, rumored to be haunted and look for proof of hellish activity. Quick- over there- a haunting spector obviously escaped from an asylum- still wearing her strait-jacket and looking most demented!!


I’m chilled to the core! Oh, merciful saints! The legends are real!  The story goes: she was caught reaching for a bagel and the cruel stylists CUT OFF HER HANDS!!!!


They say you can hear her at night- wailing like a banshee and begging for something else to wear!


I’m getting a reading on the spector-graphy thing!Another haunted, soul- yearning to be freed from her earthly torments and fed a carb rich diet….


I can hear one- scrape……scrape…..scrap go the ugly soul-sucking mules of her despair!


I’m too scared to see more- oh, crap! It’s too late to run!


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Fall on Tatooine

This fall I’ve been pinning wrappy drapey, collary business and contemplating ‘Lagenlook for the larger Looking’ and it’s not the best idea. I’m too big for the crazy art teacher Olsen look. I can’t have all that bulk making me look like I have the smugglers blues.


So what happens when you combine wrap, drape and leggings? This:


Aw, crap! Now I have to pay George Lucas $500?!

I was planning to post this last week, but I let myself be derailed by a voice that has no business here, helpfully telling me that I am no swimsuit model.


Um, yeah, I know. Lucas gets another $500- hope you don’t mind if I post-date that check ,George. I’m no metal bikini girl- but secretly I prefer crazy author Carrie Fisher anyhoo!


But let’s get this little ballerina back on point, shall we? Butterick 5685. The coat that is now a vest sort of, well, actually a tunic. Isn’t this cute?


I love coats- I need to attend more inaugurations and public hangings and parades. I could so pull off a great hat and glove combo. Sigh….around here, coats are for wearing when you get out of the car to buy a slushie while the husband pumps your gas. Not exactly Jackie O. But I love the shape of this coat, so why not make it as a blazer? Or, as you go thru the stages of try on and alter, whack off those sleeves, close the front and make it a tunic?? Hey, why not make that decision after you’ve spent 45 minutes matching the print as you cut it out, so that on the finished product, it only matches on the back? Hey, thats good too! Planning is for losers!



Ok, here goes nothing- the front!


The force is strong with this collar!


Ok, here are all the amazing details, cuz I know you are thinking, ‘WHY? ERR, HOW Did you do this?’


I made the coat as directions intended, in a stretch twill from Fabricmart, binding the exposed seams with bias tape instead of lining it (too hot, we’ve covered this) and while I was deciding if I could carry it off as an open trench kind of business at work, I decided to just see what happened if I just remove the skirt facings and close it. Well, it make the pockets stick out a bit on the sides. Ma always got onto me for sticking  my hands in my pockets like a junior street hooligan, but since I was alone on Tatooine today I kept forcing them down with my hands. Much as I like the convenient snack space, these pockets may have to go, to spare my hips the extra awnings!


I’m liking this experiment, I like the way it turned out- I’m not advocating sewing without a plan, but sometimes it comes out ok. Next up? I keep eyeing this pattern- any strong feelings on the wide leg pants? I think it’s all about hem length.


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