Today's Pattern Story (and Sale): In Uniform

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I don't know what this dress is the uniform for, but please point me to the recruiting office (to picket it). The mitered tab-like thing at the front (partnered with the inverted pleat-entrance on the skirt) makes me think that something attaches there. Tab A, meet Slot B. But what is it? A cigarette-girl tray? Climbing harness? A front-mounted jetpack? 

Obviously, the woman in red is a commanding officer, and the woman in blue is … confused? Although, now that I think about it, a uniform that came in floral print would have me doubly-signing-up. Signing up for a double hitch? Something to that effect. 

You can't see it, because the illustration is unclear, but the ornament pinned to red-dress's shoulder is the Order of Confusing Uniform Merit, first class.

This dress is part of Sheila's current SALE, which runs Friday through Sunday night, 15% off.  The coupon code is MERRY. (Oh wait! Maybe she's a Mad-Men Era Elf! Still doesn't explain blue-floral.) 

The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #12 Diana Eng's Fortune Cookie Purse

Have you seen Diana Eng's fortune cookie change purses? So cute … 

Cookies!

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They're made of recycled leather and "branded" with a number, and come with a little dust bag (and have a fortune ribbon inside). They're $45, and Diana's made 425 so far. [Full Disclosure, she sent me one, and I sent a copy of my book back to her. :-)] They even smell lovely, that new-leather smell … the kiss-clasp is nice and tight, too. I hate a sloppy kiss-clasp. 

Remember, if you give a purse as a gift it's traditional to put a shiny coin in it first. (I like to use Susan B. Anthony dollars.)

(If you like my blog you will really like Diana's book, Fashion Geek. She and I have had the best conversation about LEDs that it is possible for two people to have.)

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

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The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #11 REAL ART

Fashionbookshelf

I am a total sucker for these bookshelf illustrations by Jane Mount for 20×200. I have one of the children's books illustrations (not that one or this one, but a different one). This fashion book set is Robert Verdi's shelf, and just awesome. So is the cookbook version.

I love 20×200, in general — I love to browse it just to find stuff like this or this.

The best thing about 20×200 is that it's really affordable — prints start at $20, and you can get framed versions, too, often much cheaper than at the corner frame-it place. Plus you help support artists (which buying a cheap framed print at Target … not so much). 

 

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

http://modpoll.com/poll.js?pid=agdwb2xsMmdvcg0LEgRQb2xsGLvHlwYM&theme=&width=200

The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #10 The Lust Skirt

You know that point in holiday shopping where you just break down and can't resist buying something for yourself? This is that point. This is that thing. It's the Betabrands Lust skirt. It's not too late to wear this on New Year's Eve!

Betabrands Lust Skirt

This is the kind of clothing item that you will wear for YEARS. People will send you invitations to events and at the bottom of every invitation will be this note: "PS please wear your disco skirt." You will be wearing this in the nursing home, and you will be still be the life of the party.

Did I mention that it has pockets? 

Betabrands Lust Skirt

If you can't buy this for yourself (it's $60, btw) I strongly recommend you email this to someone who traditionally buys you a present. (Subject line: HINT.)

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

http://modpoll.com/poll.js?pid=agdwb2xsMmdvcg0LEgRQb2xsGLvHlwYM&theme=&width=200

The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #9 Meet My Friend Archie

Does everyone here know Archie McPhee? Funny guy, lives in Seattle?

One of the best things from Archie McPhee is the Jumbo Mystery Box: for $39.95 you get enough weird toys, disgustingly-flavored gum, and gross stickers to keep any ten-year-old (or the ten-year-old inside anyone) happy for hours.

McPhee Mystery Box

(There's also a smaller surprise bag, for only $24.95. Or go all-out on the Jumbo Colossal Mystery Box, $119.95)

 

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

http://modpoll.com/poll.js?pid=agdwb2xsMmdvcg0LEgRQb2xsGLvHlwYM&theme=&width=200

The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #8 REMO shirts!

I really love t-shirts from the Australian-everything-cool store, REMO: Like the "always on" button t-shirt:

Get Always On from REMO General Store

Or this nice skully shirt:

Get Skull & Cross Bones from REMO General Store

Or encourage someone to wear their heart on their sleeve, like so:

Get Heart from REMO General Store

Or the very confusing "t-shirt t-shirt":

Get It's a T Shirt from REMO General Store

Or, of course, a fez!

 

Get Fez Design from REMO General Store

REMO also lets customers design their own t-shirts! Years ago I made this one, and it's still up:

Get The East Germans Loved Overhead Projectors from REMO General Store

Why should you order t-shirts from Australia? (If you're reading this in Australia, feel free to skip to the end of this paragraph). After all, the internet is practically carpeted wall-to-wall in cool funny t-shirts, why pay the extra shipping? You should order REMO t-shirts because they are superior. They fit well, they wash well, they have women's sizes that aren't based on poorly-scaled-up Barbie clothes, and the fabric is good and sturdy. Plus, when your happy recipients asks you where you got their gifts, you can honestly say "Australia!" 

Shipping from Australia in time for Christmas may be dicey at this point but you can always give a gift certificate … or as they call them, REMO dollars, which are "magically equivalent to Australian dollars."

While you're on the REMO site, you should definitely poke around — they have tons of cool, funny, and useful items.

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

http://modpoll.com/poll.js?pid=agdwb2xsMmdvcg0LEgRQb2xsGLvHlwYM&theme=&width=200

The Dress A Day Dozen Gift Guide: #7 Chocolate!

Vosges Holiday gift pack

Chocolate is a pretty traditional holiday gift (and there's a lot to be said for a big box of See's) but I really love this new mini chocolate bar set from Vosges. First of all, it's all holiday flavors (including gingerbread!) and also (unlike the big box of See's) it's just enough chocolate (in a very pretty box) to feel happy about, and not so much that you groan and imagine all the hours you will need to spend on the treadmill (or insert exercise here) come January 2. And it's just $25! 

Plus: Vosges? Is DELICIOUS.

[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]

http://www.networkforgood.org/PCA/Badge.swf?BadgeId=114975

If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below:

http://modpoll.com/poll.js?pid=agdwb2xsMmdvcg0LEgRQb2xsGLvHlwYM&theme=&width=200