"If the shoe fits, it's ugly."
They look quite promising in the shop; and not entirely without hope when I get them back into my wardrobe. But then, when I put them on they tend to deteriorate with a very strange rapidity and one feels so sorry for them.
"Appearances are often deceiving."
THE ARTSY SITE OF THE MONTH:
Cupola's Medieval Architecture Gallery
Castles and more.
PERSONAL HOME PAGE OF THE MONTH:
A Woodworker's Notebook Home Page
Hank's page is easy to navigate, practical, nicely presented, and contains
hidden bits of humor.
WEB PAGE DESIGN SITE OF THE MONTH:
A Style Guide For Those With No Style
Basic, common-sense (which isn't very common anymore) tips on good design
SEASONAL SITE OF THE MONTH:
The National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 30, 1999, 8 p.m. EST, from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
JUST FUN SITE OF THE MONTH:
The Fruit Game Home Page
Hhhhmmmmph--pretty smart for a computer.
DOWNRIGHT SERIOUS SITE OF THE MONTH:
50 Things You Can Do To Save Your Back
It seems these days almost everyone I know has some sort of back pain.
HISTORICAL SITE OF THE MONTH:
A Taste of American Beekeeping History
Orchard growers love these guys and gals.
For May Travelers
May 1-2, 1999
Adams Avenue Roots Festival
Adams Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, San Diego, California.
A Folk Music Festival in its 26th year, featuring Blues, Cajun, Irish, Mexican, Gospel and
other music genres - 6 stages of entertainment, plus arts and merchandise vendors, food, rides
for the children.
More Information: Call 619-282-7329.
May 1-2, 1999 (began April 30)
Spring Herb Festival
WNC Farmers Market, Asheville, North Carolina.
Herbs and foods featuring herbs, books, soaps, crafts, gift items, herb display garden,
lectures on herbs as health-enhancing plants.
Further details: Call 828-689-5974.
NOTE: The Festival is held close to Biltmore Estate - 8,000 acres planted with
dogwood, white pine, azaleas, redbud trees, flowering cherry trees, and featuring
seasonal displays of tulips and daffodils, summer annuals, and fall chrysanthemums.
The 90-room former-Vanderbilt home reflects the Victorian elegance of its heyday.
There is an admission charge for viewing the home and grounds.
May 6-15, 1999
Tulip Time Festival
Smallenburg Park, 8th Street, Downtown areas, Holland, Michigan.
Entertainment, A Taste of Holland, fireworks, gospel celebration, Dutch vendors.
Details: Call 616-392-2389.
May 8-9, 1999
Berkeley Free Folk Festival
Fellowship Hall, Cedar and Bonita Streets, Berkeley, California.
Music entertainment, songwriting and instrument workshops, used tape and cd swap,
puppet theatre and music for children.
Additional Details: Call 510-843-3810.
May 8-9, 1999
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival
4H Fairgrounds, New Boston, New Hampshire.
Sheep shearing, Border collie demonstrations, sheep-to-shawl teams, equipment for
weavers and knitters, crafts, bbq. Small admission charge for adults.
Further Information: Call 603-352-4550.
May 13-16, 1999
Magnolia Homes Tour, arts and crafts.
NOTE: Columbus has a lot of historical structures (built during the latter part of the
nineteenth century) which are now serving as museums. They also have a Santa Claus Museum
with over 2000 Santa items.
More Information: Call 877-444-7339.
May 15-16, 1999
Mayfair Art Festival
Downtown McKinney Square, McKinney, Texas.
Art cars, Maypole dancing, food, storytelling, carnival, vendors, petting zoo.
More Information: Call 972-562-6880.
May 29-30, 1999
Spring Craft Celebration
Tyler State Park, Richboro, Pennsylvania.
Crafts, foods, Middle Earth Theater, admission is charged.
Information: Call 215-579-5997.
World Wide Web Wardrobe
March, 2001: This article has been updated!
Here is the updated version.
Let's face it, folks. Most clothes in stores seem to be made for someone else. Not for me, not for you. And we seem to be only in the very early stages of understanding what to do about clothing humanity. For instance, if you think your feet hurt, think of this. Until sometime in the latter part of the nineteenth century, shoes were made generically, with no thought to our having left and right feet.
Of course, the positive side of that was that you simply couldn't put your shoes on the wrong feet.
We don't all have the same size feet, or girth, or height, and this makes finding clothing a bit of a problem sometimes.
I did a bit of hunting on the WWW to find some places that feature clothing for those of us with special needs because of our size, work, limited mobility and special interests.
Riding that motorcycle
through cold territory?
Gerbing's Heated Clothing
Not everyone has feet that match as far as
shoe size is concerned. If your feet are two
different sizes, here's a place to go and find
someone with the opposite set - then trade shoes!
SoleMates Shoe Exchange
For clothing customers who have underdeveloped limbs, are amputees, or who use a wheelchair for mobility, check these sites:
Anitavee's Adaptive Apparel
Trisha's of Acton
North Coast Medical
Specially For You
Country Road Fashions
Since they do custom measurements, you could, for example, get a good fit if you're short but have average or long arms.
Hitchcock Wide Shoes For Men
If you react to the sun quickly, or have already battled skin cancer and need to limit exposure you'll want to visit
Solar Eclipse Sun Protective Clothing
Mosquitos feasting on you every time you step outside in the summer?
Skeeta Protective Wear
Lingerie for women who have had mastectomies:
A Private Affair: A Women's Specialty Shop
The other day Ron and I actually saw a young teen wearing in-line skates and trying to navigate a bicycle near a busy street--no helmet, no knee pads. If you love your child, outfit 'em now!
For the outdoor adventurer:
Seeking all-cotton, hemp, or other natural fiber clothing?
Under The Canopy
Why do they want fashion models who are over 5'8" but they don't sell clothing for
Ah, but a few places do:
Extreme Lengths - Clothing for Tall Women
Long Elegant Legs
Height of Fashion
Tall Temptations, Inc.
Tall Vicki's Women's Apparel
IC3D Jeans Send measurements or send them a pair of jeans that fit, and they'll clone them.
Long Tall Clothing Company (Australia)
Action FitCustom leotards and swimwear - great for Talls or anyone else needing a custom fit.
Muldoon's (mostly men's, but adding some women's items)(server may be temporarily down)
Eddie Bauer Good long-torso fits available in casual wear.
Peggy Lutz - Plus Size Clothing (sizes seem to start at 14, so this may not be for tall thin types)
Plus sizes, large sizes, Big Men and Women:
Neel Gagan Indian Clothing and Apparel
HerGearSports and Active Wear
The Queen's BoutiqueUndies and more.
Better Half FashionsWomen's Clothing in sizes 18W to 40W.
Rocky Mountain JeansWomen's sizes 16W to 30W, also some Tall inseams of 36 inches.
Big and Tall DirectMen's Clothing.
Epic MenswearBusiness and Casual.
Big Men Tall Men Stout Men's ShopEverything from underwear to formal wear.
Maxwell BoxerMen's boxer shorts - also smaller sizes.
High and Mighty Big and Tall Menswear
Think Big Casual Male Big and Tall
Hajjar's Big and Tall Men's Clothing
Note: Many of the other URL's listed on this page also carry larger sizes, so do browse around.
Guys, if you just can't find shirts you
like in the department stores, and you don't
live near a deft tailor:
Ripley Custom Shirtmakers
If nothing will do but that you make your own
clothes, and you have a pattern you love, but
it's just too, too small:
My Own Pattern
While we're on the topic of clothing, I happen to be a fan of knee socks. Can anyone tell me a reliable source for knee socks for women, especially if they come in queen or tall sizes?
White ones will do, but I especially seek the black, navy, and other colored ones.
Did you go to that last Civil War Reenactment, Medieval Gathering or Renaissance Faire in jeans and a tee-shirt and feel a bit too modern?
Reproductions of Historical Clothing
MoiRandall's Web Catalog
Shadow's Treasure Chest
Medieval and Renaissance Clothing
Round Two Costumes
Past Reflections - Civil War Clothing
The Celtic Weaver
Grand Illusions Clothing Company - Civil War Uniforms and Clothing
Sense and Sensibility Clothing
Valentine Armouries - Costumes and Clothing
Men's Vintage Fashions by Carol Nolan
Zoot Suits and Oxford Baggies
Visabella Mythic Clothing
Much of it suitable in our time period.
Specifically on making your own period clothing:
Nineteenth Century Reproduction Fabrics
Victoria Louise, Mercers
Patterns, Heirloom Fabrics and Notions, trims, more.
Speaking of making your own:
Fabrics and Accesories for those of you brave enough to craft your own fashions:
Velvets, Velveteen, printed, embossed.
Designer Jeans, Inc.
Including instructions, fasteners, denim-strength needles.
Outdoor and Insulated Apparel Kits
Linda Clifford - Tartan Fabric
You can even get custom-designed tartans
Sun Jose Hawaii
Jeannies Just Sew Shop
Lingerie fabrics, appliques, and accessories.
Sew What's New Patterns
Patterns for Wearable Art
Celeste And Blanc Royal Laces
Birch Street Clothing Patterns
Very attractive - they make me wish I could sew!
And now one for helping others help themselves:
Have any business/work clothing you're tired of, but have kept in excellent condition?
If you happen to live in Southern California, this place can use donations.
Clothes The Deal
And there is the New York-based:
Dress For Success
This site lists more programs:
Bottomless Closet - Similar Organizations
More programs exist. If your area isn't one of them, consider getting together with other professionals to start one.
Clothes say a lot about a person, but they don't tell the whole story, and for some of us clothes can be a source of frustration when we can't find the right thing. I hope the links above ease the hunt for some of you!
On Kosovo and Littleton:
Did anyone else feel the searing irony in the comments our U.S. President made concerning the violence at Columbine High School (something about teaching our kids that violence isn't the answer) followed by firm remarks concerning military attacks in Yugoslavia/Kosovo?
We can blame child violence on the media, on video games, on the NRA, on school officials, drugs, TV, and a dozen other things, but when are we going to realize that children learn their most important lessons by watching adults?
If adults cannot settle adult differences without war, how can we expect children to learn this lesson?
This is not a jab at the suffering people in the Kosovo region at all. And it's not a political statement on who is wrong and who is right in the conflicts there. I'm just pointing out our failings as adult residents of Planet Earth to give children a good example.
I have one other general gripe about war. Have you ever noticed in the line-up of the world leaders who are making decisions to start wars (ethnical cleansing, grabs for territory, bombing the "enemy" posts to immobilze their efforts, any aspect of war) that nearly all of these people are males over the age of 50?
Now notice the line-up of those who fly or maintain the stealth bombers, load weapons onto the ships, and march in bloody combat. The faces are all young. Once they were young men, but now they are both men and women.
If the political old gents cannot get along, perhaps it's time they fought their own battles and left living to the young.
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