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Oct 29, 2014

Calling All Redheads!

Friends, I have become a little obsessed of late with red hair.

Did you know....
  • Only 1-2% of the human population has red hair naturally?
  • In Medieval times, red hair was thought to be a mark of beastly sexual desire and moral degeneration? 
  • On the first weekend in September in the Dutch city of Breda, Redhead Day is celebrated and redheads from across the globe swarm there?

Know which country has the highest number of born redheads?

If you guessed Scotland, you're right (13%)!

What I love about red hair is how you can create a wardrobe of colors to set it off.  I'm always marveling at how redheads are styled in old color photos.  How many of the ladies below can you name?

Yellow, I love a redhead in yellow.


Almost any shade of blue is striking on a redhead.

Red is also great for redheads -- who'd have thought?

And then there's green...

Perhaps my favorite color on a redhead is pink.

Some popular sewing bloggers are redheads.  Does she...or doesn't she?


These days, my favorite search on eBay is -- I know it sounds weird -- "used red wig."  This yields images that could give a grown man nightmares: proof that people will try to sell absolutely anything online. 

Clearly these are styled to move.

Listing states "needs some combing"  (!)

There are no words.

In closing, friends, three questions:

1) Are you now or have you ever been a redhead (natural or otherwise)?

2) If yes, did/do you take your hair color into account when planning your wardrobe?  Do you have a favorite contrast color?

3) Can anybody pull off red hair, or does my cousin Cathy a person need the right coloring?

Have a great day, everybody!

Oct 28, 2014

"We interrupt this Python" or Sidetracked by Organic Cotton Flannel

You know that old chestnut about women being afraid of snakes?  Well, I can't vouch for its accuracy or lack thereof, but I can say that, much to my surprise, every woman who has caught sight of my python jacket-in-progress has totally oohed and aahed over it -- my octogenarian mother included.

Oct 24, 2014

The Vinyl Frontier

I admit it: sometimes the blog title comes first and then I write the post to match it.  I think you'll agree, "The Vinyl Frontier" beats first runner-up, "The Vinyl Solution." 

Oct 22, 2014

Digging Out the Faux Python

When I first started sewing five years ago, I used to shop at two bargain-basement fabric stores on 35th St.  One is gone for good and the other seems to have changed hands: I haven't been by in a long time.

Oct 21, 2014

Reversible Garments -- YEA or NAY?

Friends, what are your thoughts about reversible garments?  Do you own any?  Have you ever made any -- and if so, was it worth the trouble?

Oct 18, 2014

This 'n That + Cape Fear

Much to cover so let's get started!

Oct 14, 2014

Prepping Simplicity 1820, a 30's Jacket Pattern

I still have outerwear on the brain as you can see.

Oct 10, 2014

Good-bye, Elna Lotus + How Did I Not Know About Botani Trimmings?

Friends, I sold another sewing machine this afternoon: my Elna Lotus.

Oct 9, 2014

In Search Of....High Quality Rib Knit Waistbanding

Above is a photo of an Italian Valstarino men's jacket (manufactured by the Milanese company Valstar).

Oct 6, 2014

Peter Models the Op-Art Anorak!

Readers, it's here, ahead of schedule and ready for its close-up!  (That's Versace up top, btw, not me.)

To see me model my newly completed black and white op-art anorak, just click here.

Oct 4, 2014

Oct 2, 2014

Anorak Muslin + Another Sewing Machine Sold!

Yesterday I made a muslin of my anorak.

Sep 30, 2014

Two sewing machines gone, two more heading out.

This morning as I sipped my coffee and glanced at the sewing table in the corner of my kitchen, I had an epiphany: 

Sep 28, 2014

The Secret Dressing Room Selfies!

Readers, I know it's wrong -- or is it wrong?
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