I’ve been feeling the need to sew lately, but a trip to the local Joanne’s pattern section was…disappointing. Even the dog coats were ugly. So, of course, I turned to the Internet.
Yesterday I got my first patterns in the mail from Australian pattern maker Style Arc. For those of you, like me, whose pattern experiences have been limited to Simplicity and McCalls, this is a whole new thing. Or an old thing, maybe, because my mother assures me that this is what patterns used to be like. I found Style Arc because they had much more current-looking options than even Vogue patterns, but what sold me is this: you order the pattern in your size. No cutting out your size by trying desperately to follow a series of overlapping and confusing lines. Oh- and no tissue paper. This is on actual paper- I’ll be able to reuse it over and over without it shredding. The quality is far above what I’m used to getting here in the States.
Now, here’s the down side. The patterns themselves are not that expensive- higher than Butterick, but lower than Vogue. But unless you live in Australia (in which case you already know all this and quit reading this a while back), shipping can be a killer. If you only order a pattern or maybe two it can ship Airmail, which isn’t so bad- but order more and it goes over the Airmail limit and it suddenly leaps. I wanted three things, but $40 in shipping for patterns was absurd, so I settled on my favorite and got the shipping down to $9. On the bright side, they send along a free pattern on your first order.
Warning :: The Post Contains Graphic Material
It’s a rare occasion that I need to preface a post with a warning of any sort, but I fear that even for our most seasoned readers this may be a slight bit graphic. Pictured here are the raw and intensely candid photographs of The Body Farm research facility, taken by artist Sally Mann.
Located in Tennessee, the Body Farm is a forensic anthropology research facility dedicated to the study of human decomposition in order to aid in investigative procedures. Founded in 1981 by anthropologist Bill Bass, the site has a number of human remains at any given time placed in difference settings throughout the facility and left to decompose, where students and scientists study and observe the process. Several other farms have opened since the original, and I highly recommend Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm for further reading.
The images below are a select few of the specimens studied at the facility, with more on Sally Mann’s portfolio site, and a stark reminder that we are all organic creatures, waiting to go back to the earth.
Haute Macabre muse Chelsea Wolfe’s latest video for Carrion Flowers, off of her upcoming release, Abyss. Pre-order the album and see her tour dates at ChelseaWolfe.net
Gianluca Tamburini Octopus Heels
Via Pinterest, I’m guessing these aren’t actually wearable.
In a rather surprising move for an online community that prides itself on being offbeat, wacky, and underground, Etsy has banned the sale of spells and other ‘metaphysical items’. Previously, selling spells was fine as long a) the seller warned you that they might not work, and b) some tangible item was provided. Under the new rules, however “Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will affect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.”
This is bad news for several of our favorite stores- especially since according to an article on Bust, sellers are suddenly finding individual items or even entire stores removed without warning. One group of witches has started an online petition protesting the new rules. Whether or not you believe in the efficacy of spells and potions, they certainly qualify as lovingly handcrafted items, and we would hate to see them disappear from the Etsy universe.
In the meantime, we suggest directing any spell emergencies to thewitchery.ca, which remains open for business.