No, not really — this is NOT the last Linktastic Friday. But I haven't done one in so long, that I thought ridiculous hyperbole would be justified.
A lot of this post will be on the LIFO (last in, first out). Like . (Thanks to for the link, and to Patti (the mom in question) for the phrase "I'd eat raw tarantulas in hot sauce [for my kid]".)
Or like this dress:
Sent by Una, to add to the "fake bolero club". I kind of want it, even if it is a bit on the obvious side. (Not Dolly Parton-obvious, but still.) [And do you know what is awesome? This blog is the first hit for the Google search "fake bolero".]
Oh, and Jen at has offered us another coupon code, so that we can all take advantage of being members of the sewing blog cabal. 20% off from now until May 23, by using the code 'iheartsewing'. In other cabal news, Cherie at is having a 15% off sale through the end of May.
You HAVE to check out this bathing suit up right now at . I mean, REALLY. GO THERE NOW. Look at what the pigeons are doing! And then marvel that somebody's three-martini lunch actually made it into production.
Barb has a new blog about . And Libby has put her *stunning* necktie dress up at . It was for her 50th birthday, and she looks magnificent. Happy birthday Libby, and thanks for being an inspiration — I have now penciled in "make necktie dress" for August of 2021!
says there's a good exhibit going on in Brighton. Which only makes me sadder that I *won't* be in London this next weekend, as I had hoped. Too much going on here, unfortunately. With any luck I'll be back in the UK soon (and the dollar will recoup some of its oomph against the pound. Perhaps after November?)
Cat sent me a bunch of links to -style street fashion photos from around the world. I really liked the . Sure everyone is young, and cute, and has an asymmetrical haircut and interesting socks, but that's not a BAD thing.
Did you know some site called Kaboodle (which I never heard of before, and have no idea what they do) is having a contest with Marie Claire magazine, in which they ask you to take a picture of yourself in your favorite spring dress? The winner gets $1000 and a trip to NYC. I've only seen so far, and I haven't really seen much handmade stuff. Mostly sundresses. I think maybe we should all . Especially those of us who like to wear vintage, or who are not model-sized … first round of the contest ends June 12. If you enter, let me know and I'll go vote for you!
Or, you know, you could just enter the Pattern Review .
To counteract the recent NYT story on the demise of the dress, is a story from the Guardian on how dresses are being . Thanks to Susan for the link!
In case you were worried I had found a new obsession and not told anyone, a shirtdress, sent in by Deb. Check out the collar, it's yummy. And , which has CHEVRON POCKETS. Or , which has four pockets AND a cute collar.
Deb also sent . What's that, you ask, hesitant to click on an anonymous link? It's scanned images of the ! I bet NOW you're clicking, huh? (note: text at site hosting the scans is in Japanese.)
sent a link to , where SHE links to a great set of scans of a 1920s comic, .
Eirlys sent a link to a that she found on Etsy. Ooh, pretty! sent this , which is cute but obviously made for humans. Robot pincers don't clutch, they DESTROY. Plus you keep your robot lipstick and robot keys in your chest plate — everyone knows that.
There's an interesting 2-part interview with the daughter of a 1960s knitwear designer up at . (Warning: site plays music.)
Mindi put her favorite pattern, ever, up on the . Go and marvel. And Lorraine sent a link to .
Oh, and more . Hi-tops this time! You can wear them in your . (Thanks Dory, Eirlys!)
And one more picture before we go, from the wonderful :
All right — linktime's over — I should really go and get some Actual Work done now, but many, many thanks to all of you who commented on yesterday's post — I was overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. Thank you!