Wait 'Til Next Year

You know how some people have a go-to little black dress, which they can wear to anything? I feel like I need a go-to costume, for the same purpose.

It's too late for this year, but I feel like this dress, made in silver lamé knit, would be THAT DRESS. Obviously, it could be any kind of , but also you could turn it into a robot, or add some kind of tabard and be a playing card, or a knight, or any number of things. And if you did it right you would never be cold on Halloween, and you wouldn't have to worry about showing too much skin, or uncomfortable shoes, any of the other dumb things that come with costume-wearing. Silver hooded dress: the savior of Halloween. (It's almost as good as a gorilla suit!)

The jumpsuit … could also be a costume. A very, very scary costume.

This dress is even ON SALE: Jen of is having a Halloween Weekend sale of 20% off until The Witching Hour of Midnight (ET) on October 31, 2010. Coupon code is 'sewscary'. [Geddit?]

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You've Got to Fight The Power (with an ascot)

This dress brings to mind three scenarios for me:

— Flight attendant (a trained pilot herself) manages to land plane safely after rude, chauvinistic pilot eats a bad egg-salad sandwich and spends flight moaning in lavatory. After landing, she gets his job!

— Crusading journalist takes on City Hall (and town's rude, chauvinistic mayor) and wins! 

— 1970s unfulfilled suburban housewife goes back to work as charismatic teacher for school full of written-off, disadvantaged youth, fights rude, chauvinistic principal and wins!

In short, this pattern is made of WIN. Something about the yoke + neck scarf + jaunty pockets combo just leads to triumphs over the patriarchy. I don't know what it is. 

This pattern is from Sheila at , who is having a sale this weekend: 15% off, starting today and ending Sunday night. (Coupon code is GLAMIS.) Got any entrenched jerks who need fighting?

Quick Labor Day Sale Post

You regular readers of the blog know about my obsession with Lands End cardigans; as a result of that obsession, I get a catalog from them about every 2.7 days. Environmental degradation aside, the catalog (they have a new !) drove me to check out the web site today to find that everything, including the clearance section, is 25% off through Labor Day (Tuesday Sept 7 for those of you not in the US).

Which includes :



It's only $29.99, BEFORE the discount, and it's wool! And (as the picture above seems to suggest) it has pockets! (It also comes in charcoal gray.) 

I never buy a ready-made skirt unless it's cheaper than I can buy the fabric to make it myself, and this passes that test: I couldn't buy this much wool flannel (in non-weird colors) for $30. Just not possible. (Also, this skirt is lined.)

There are no reviews of this skirt on the LE site, so it's entirely possible that it's made of a special blend of wool, spandex, and unflatteringlon, but hey, wool skirt for under $30! I could wear it just on cold & rainy biking days and still feel I got a bargain.

LE sizing is on the generous side, so be sure to check the size charts before ordering. (I regularly drop two sizes in their stuff.) Most of the petite sizes in the camel still seem to be available as I write this, but it's in the clearance section, so, no promises.

This skirt is cheap enough so that you could even buy one for experimentation — the camel would be cute with brown or green velvet ribbon trim or appliqués, for example — although that would ruin the "junior teacher in an exclusive girls' boarding school" appeal that the unadorned skirt has … your call, either way.

Dear Miss Magnin

This dress has a Miss Magnin label in it, according to Holly at (where it is on sale). I think I like Miss Magnin. I think she has a sense of humor, smiles at babies on the street (I think that you should always smile at babies on the street) and would let you know if you had lipstick on your teeth. I think she would meet you for coffee and let you complain about your first-world problems and then make you laugh about them.

And if she did it wearing this dress, then so much the better! Midriff band, geometric print, pockets … oh yes, Miss Magnin and I would be great friends. Does anyone know if she’s on Facebook?

 

Oh, sure!

I've been thinking about skirts lately, and came across this one from Jen at . It's got SIXTEEN GORES! And it recommends PLAIDS! There is not a single alternate reality across the multiverse where I have the time, the patience, or the number of pins necessary to match a plaid across SIXTEEN GORES. 

In fact, the reason that the plaid example here is oddly truncated is because the model's HEAD FELL OFF while she was completing the skirt. And she's just an illustration! Imagine what would happen to a real person.

I recommend you to to to look at this pattern and marvel, and then click around to take advantage of her sale – 
you can save 25% using coupon code 'costumes' through midnight (EST) on Sunday (August 29, 2010). The sale is good on ALL
items, even patterns in the sale section
.

 

 

Frankly, My Dear …

I think about a dozen of you have emailed me the link to the for the dresses from Gone With The Wind — they're hoping to have the dresses restored in time for the 75th anniversary exhibition in 2014. 

Lisa from is having a sale to help support the project – 15% off with coupon code SCARLETT. $1 from each purchase will go toward
the restoration project, and Lisa will match every dollar as well! Good
till the end of August, and she will combine shipping from as
well, if you email her to tell her before you purchase.

Maybe you might get this pattern, in solidarity? (And doesn't the dress seem to match the curtains, in true Tara style?)


 

Eh. Meh. Whatever.

The very ordinariness of this pattern makes it special. So many patterns have Pictures! Of Exciting! Glamour! And! Hilarity! that finding one where the woman seems to be waiting for her husband to settle Saturday afternoon's golf foursome so that they can get back in time to run the babysitter home is somehow more of a coup. 

I hear her inner monologue as something like:

"Did I take the laundry in off the line? It looked like rain. I have to call Joanie's orthodonist tomorrow and reschedule her appointment. I bet I have spinach in my teeth; better keep my mouth closed until I can get to the bathroom. What's taking Angela so long in there? Oh, dear, Ted really is losing his hair, but I'll let his mother bring that up. I should ask Sheila for the recipe those stuffed mushroom canapés … I bet it's packaged salad dressing, that sauce. Someone's going to have to drive Keith home again; we should leave or else it will be us. Maybe I'll grab another one of those mushrooms before we go. "

(If you really want some excitement, maybe the fact that this dress is on sale (15% off! use coupon code SUMMER!) at will help. Sale starts now, runs all weekend!)