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What Fresh Hell Is This?

So Melania Trump has become Jackie Kennedy 2.0 and some people (me) are not having it.

  1. Have you ever seen Jacqueline Kennedy with creases in her clothes?  Mrs. Trump is a very attractive woman with a nice figure but that suit she wore to the Inauguration was awkward, to say the least (look at her stomach: the cut of the cloth is not flattering and makes her look like she’s got a gut). The shoes and the gloves did not look like they were well matched to her suit (could have been poor photography/lighting). That shade did look lovely on her, I will say. (Added bonus: her younger stepdaughter’s choice of footwear was unfortunate. Chunky calves + ankle boots = nothing good.)
  2. Mrs. Kennedy’s Inaugural suit was greige (gray + beige), not baby blue.
    To the “author” of this piece (of fluff): Get your eyes checked.
  3. That belt looks like a Chevy emblem at her waist. Chevy’s American-made right? So #maga. Not when your husband’s and older stepdaughter’s wares are mostly Made In China. So #mcga, I guess.
  4. Mrs. Kennedy’s belt here was a gift from King Hassan II of Morocco. It looks nothing like an automotive manufacturer’s logo.
  5. Mrs. Trump resembles a widowed handmaiden in this getup. A peplum? On your hips? And those frayed and ratty cuffs? This outfit did you no favors, hon. Who is your stylist? Why does s/he hate you so? And what is that square bit of lace on your head? So much for modesty but considering your background in modeling … And smile more. Why do you always look so dour? Wait … never mind.
  6. Mrs. Kennedy’s Papal audience gown was designed by Oleg Cassini, and her black lace mantilla (veil) was finger-length. THAT is how you do it when you meet the HBIC of the Catholic Church.

Melania’s husband has stated that the White House, the American people’s house (never doubt that for a second), is “a dump.” Did he not say that if he were elected president, he’d never leave the White House as there was a lot of work to be done? Is he not about to embark on a 17 day vacation? How much golf can one man play? For real?

But Hillary.

But birth certificates.

But emails.

But Benghazi.

But let’s get to brass tacks—some people were sold a bill of goods and simply refuse to accept the fact that they may have been wrong.

Bless their hearts.

I leave you with this.

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So Much For THAT!

Well, the pin and the bear are still unfinished—the pin because I could not find the proper glue, the bear because time was pretty tight, what with all the running around I had to do over the weekend—and this state of affairs has gotten WAY old. So my vow to you is this: these gifts will be out the door no later than the weekend.

Not too long ago, I promised the spousal unit that I would not buy any more sewing patterns/fabric/craft supplies until the shower curtain and Roman shade for the master bathroom were completed. My intentions were good.

As always, we know that good intentions pave the way to the underworld.

Also not too long ago, I completed a pair of shorts and got 3/4 of the way to completing a tunic (Simplicity 3799) only to find that XXS does not mean a woman’s size 2; it really means “will fit a two-year-old female.” I was bummed because I really needed a pair of black shorts that fit properly; also because I really really liked the black/white/red paisley fabric I chose for the tunic. No matter, as the material for each can easily be repurposed (but damnit! I really was looking forward to rockin’ that outfit!). At least I didn’t butcher the blue crepe with the embroidered anchors over this, I’d have really steamed my clams. And the paisley fabric is always available, so no worries there.

On my latest trip to JoAnn Fabrics, lo and behold, all Simplicity patterns were $1.99, so I bought a replacement pattern 3799. That doesn’t count, right? Technically it isn’t a new pattern, right?

Then yesterday, while the SU and I were shopping at Walmart, I stopped by the fabric aisle (it isn’t the department it used to be ages ago but that’s neither here nor there), I found a fat quarter with a Mickey Mouse print. SU’s cousin loves Disney; SU’s cousin is very particular in his tastes; SU’s cousin has absolutely no qualms w h a t s o e v e r about letting you know what’s on his mind.

Looks like SU’s cousin will be getting a prototype bowl too! I think this match of fabrics is going to look very sharp with a black band (Mickey outside, polka dot lining).

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I am slowly but surely trying to reorganize/tidy up our fourth bedroom so it can serve as my craft room/another spare bedroom. I found this article late last night. Mind. Blown. Some of these are definitely worth trying, of course not all at once, but I’m down with a lot of them! I’ll keep you posted.

 

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The One Thing I Never Noticed About Jackie O’s Shoes

If it wasn’t enough that the spousal-unit recently bought me the new Prince Charles biography (Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life—I highly recommend it), there is a new memoir about my idol Jackie Kennedy by her long-time assistant Kathy McKeon. Her name didn’t ring a bell despite the (at least) eight books I own about the late Mrs. Kennedy, but whatever. It is titled Jackie’s Girl: My Life With the Kennedy Family and it sounds like an interesting read.

So. The one thing I never noticed about Madam Onassis’s shoes … she had a quarter-inch lift affixed to one heel on each pair of her shoes because one of her legs was shorter than the other (I think that’s fairly common, if not universal, among people). I must ask my friend Amy about this—when she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she assisted in curating Jackie Kennedy: The White House Years (yes, I am envious!).

I have used these two photos as avatars in the past … no lie, the spousal-unit asked when and where the left one of me was taken; an friend said I looked cute in the right. Mind-blowing (and flattering) that people close to me mistook photos of my idol for photos of me!

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Sew Crazy!

I have been a woman possessed by the spirit of a mad crazy seamstress lately. Even since the spousal-unit bought me a new sewing machine (Singer Brilliance), I’ve been a total heaux fo’ sho’ sewing.

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To date, I have made upwards of 250 snappy bags in a plethora of fabrics, a dozen pairs of pajama bottoms (See & Sew B5517 for Mom and Sally, Simplicity 1520 pants for the spousal-unit, Ashley, Rain, and myself in either Philadelphia Flyers or tubby penguin flannel, and sleep shorts),

a floppy beach hat (McCall M6664, one in purple paisley, one in a black, red, and white pattern, both of which will go with my swimsuits);

and three skirts (Simplicity 2184) in the material shown below.

Not to mention, I FINALLY finished my Christmas in Paris apron (See & Sew B5125)

And made a Steelers catnip toy for Sarge’s cousin George.

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In the pipeline we have 2 tunics and 2 pairs of shorts (Simplicity 3799; khaki and black shorts, and tunics in this material);

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And as I blogged yesterday, a teddy bear, sundress, panties, and hat for OBIL’s stepdaughter’s first baby.

However, let us go back to Simplicity 3799. Two things:

  • What the hell is a size XXS? Is it like a size 00? And
  • Who came up with this pinning/cutting schematic for the tunic? I am sewing tops, not building a damn battleship.
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Procrastination

I am almost halfway done sewing the Roman shade, so naturally had to stop working on that and start working on other projects.

Younger Brother-in-Law (YBIL) is a horse racing enthusiast, and with the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, I decided to make him some swag for the day after finding some sweet Derby-themed cloth at JoAnn Fabrics (it was 60% off!).

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So from this he is getting:

(The patterns for the last three items were on sale at JoAnn Fabrics, 3 for $5.)

Then I received a nice note from my friend’s daughter who is in her sophomore year at university—late last year I made her a pair of pajama bottoms in this cute tubby penguin flannel which she really really liked.

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I found some adorable pink patterned cotton fabric at Walmart for 50¢/yard (!!!)

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So I made her another pair of pajama bottoms and a headband to match.

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Next is a bear, sundress, panties and hat for my Older Brother-in-Law’s stepdaughter’s baby girl who is due any day now.

Once all of the above is done, it’s back to home dec and then summer wardrobe. I hope to get my summer wardrobe done before Memorial Day however, at the rate at which I’m going that might not be happening.

Watch this space!

(PS the phrase-that-pays: “Is there such a thing as double-sided fusible web?” as I get out my Heat-N-Bond, which is double-sided fusible web.)

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