Monday, October 9, 2023

Prettiest Seamster

 I've just found Vincent Briggs and his careful historic tailoring. On Metafilter, his patchwork dressing gown was featured. His blog is The Prettiest Gentleman

I didn't think I was in the market for a video more than an hour long about one sewing project. But I find VB's gentle Canadian deadpan pretty irresistible. The piano music is nice as well. 

He's taught me that cabbage is a term for scrap fabric and the box that it was kept in was called a tailor's Hell. I also enjoyed learning about sleeve links (ancestor of cufflinks) which I had seen before but wasn't sure how they were used.     

Making an 18th Century Patchwork Dressing Gown

18th Century Cloth Covered Buttons

This is some good autumnal fun. I may watch the Bilbo Baggins Housecoat project by Shannon Makes linked from the mfilter post as well. 


I had my fragrance sensitivity return in the form of an itchy spot *right* in the middle of one armpit. My amiga The Danish had recommended a salt spray when she was visiting this summer. She's recommended this before and I have to admit I thought that was some hippie bullshit and she must just not be a smelly person. But my armpits told me it was time to try something new. I couldn't find the spray but I went to the nearby natural foods store (the one with bulk candy in the center of the store, the not-quite-as-expensive-as-WhFoods store) and bought a salt rectangular solid. You dampen it and rub onto clean skin. At the end of the first day I smelled a bit musty. But after three days - no smell! I think the first day was just getting all the previous deodorant out of my skin. The hippies are right! This salt stuff is great.     

Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Autumn has brought the cooler air and shorter days. Here are some extremely sweet desserts to make if I decide to buy some maple syrup:

My physical being is doing okay. General anesthetic is no joke and I am still making progress at getting my full energy/stamina back three weeks after. I meet with a couple of oncologists this month to determine whether ongoing treatment is recommended and if so what. 

The hot air color fest starts on Saturday and it'll be interesting to see how it hits as a citizen. We may have a couple of out of towners for the unique balloons + annular eclipse on 10/14. Which reminds me that we need to make a plan with our Texan folks for the April '24 total eclipse. My Welsh brother- and sister-in-law will be in Austin for that. 

Singing with the chorus and it's mostly good. I have accepted that joining is a process and getting to know people is another process. Sectionals start this week and that'll give me a smaller group to get names in my memory.