6.24.2015

Sewing For Muses

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Although I thoroughly enjoy Facebook as my sewing superheroine alter ego, I avoid it under my civilian handle like the plague. Ruggy is the same (though he has no happy secret identity to scroll by). We'll both jump on for about five minutes a month, tapping out after liking all the pictures of kiddos and anniversaries we can stand.

On one such five minute spree, I came across a post from a wonderful chick that I had the pleasure to work with acting-wise, the kind of chick that I won't get that pleasure with much, because the handful of times I've seen her since have been in audition waiting rooms, up for the same part. Chicks in waiting rooms are usually something to be avoided. But every time we stumbled upon each other, we had the kind of easygoing, fun conversation that is borne of a person who is confident and relaxed about the situation, who knows that they can do the best they can, and if the part is hers, it's hers. If not, it doesn't change your rockstar status. So why not enjoy the awesome superheroine sitting next to you?

I try to be that person in the waiting room. Krysta is that person in the waiting room. And she's carried that confidence into her latest challenge, a battle with breast cancer.

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When I read the update on Krysta's diagnosis, I headed over immediately to her just christened blog, and knew I wanted to make something for her. I understood, on some level, what she meant when she said she wanted to make her life beautiful. I've dealt with some pretty difficult health issues-- actually, during the time that Krysta and I worked together, unbeknownst to my castmates. Nothing so serious as what she is dealing with, this is not about metoo metoo metoo, that's SO cliche actress in a waiting room. But it struck a major chord with me because I know, on a minor level in comparison, how a sickness can define your life, and how something as simple as what you put on your ailing body can change how you feel. 

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You know what? I might not like to stitch for others, but I LOVE to sew for amazing women. Over the past year I've sewn up almost a dozen garments for a handful of muses. It's nerve wracking, my desire for perfection is increased by a bazillion when I know it's meant for someone else, but man, oh my god, it's so rewarding to see it on the inspiration!

You can see what I made for this fabulous lady over on her blog, Chemo Couture. She absolutely one hundred percent disproves that shite about the clothes making the person-- she makes these clothes. And might I suggest reading from the beginning of the "whole long boob story?" You'll see why anyone would want to sit down and gab with her in a waiting room and forget about the audition completely.

39 comments:

  1. Dear Oona, I almost wish I had cancer so I could beg you for a new dress. The coat and dress you made for Krysta are so fabulous and I wonder how you find those fabrics. You are in New York after all, if you can't find it there, you can't find it anywhere. You did a wonderful thing for her.

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    1. oh my goodness, no wishing, and no begging-- in fact, *i* begged to make her the clothes! i think of clothing as beautiful armor, and she wears it very well :))

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  2. yes! so wonderful to see this garment in its finished state and to know it is going to someone fabulous who will take joy and pleasure in it. i say there is room for more than one rock star in that duo :-)

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    1. THANK YOU FIT MODEL!!! i strive to rock.

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  3. You are an amazing friend with a heart of gold!

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    1. thanks kathy--it really was all my pleasure!

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  4. What an amazing gesture to do for another person, it brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. She looks beautiful in your stunning garments. I have a close family member fight cancer twice and I know how much kindness, cards and other nice gestures meant to them. I just love how you helped your friend and made her feel special during a very difficult time.

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  5. What an amazing woman, and it also goes without saying, what a totally amazing clothes-maker and superheroine friend you are too. That is definitely superheroine stuff. My heart breaks for the journey your friend is going through. I had a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer during her second pregnancy. Such a tough time, but I am so glad to say she got through all the chemo horror and radiation and has been clear for a few years now. your friends blog is fabulous - big kudos to her for inspiring along the way, and with lipstick and martinis instead of all the green-juice, anti-western medicine wellness sh**** that is rampant in "wellness warrior" blogland. She's now my superheroine too.

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    1. her outlook on this is definitely of the caped crusader variety. i'm glad to hear your friend is clear!

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  6. The clothes are beautiful but the woman: ahh, the woman is mighty and fine! I wish her all the best in the world and I love that you get to be friends after all this time.

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  7. You guys are both rockstars. Awesome!

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  8. So very generous and beautiful of you for your strong beautiful friend.

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  9. What an Awesome thought and she wear's it very well! Loving her tatoo and dress combo!!! I wish her the best! You two were brought togther for a wonderful blessed reason.

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    1. isn't that tattoo just stunning?! when she told me her styling idea, i could not wait to see it.

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  10. Ooona you are a bright light in a sea of darkness! You are so amazing, and how lovely that you can sew up some of your love and spirit and give it to a friend.

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  11. That is just gorgeous. And she wears it so well.

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  12. It's beautiful Oona just like you!

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  13. Oh Girl - she looks gorgeous. I sit here trying to express how I feel about this and cannot come up with the words. ...Happy...

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  14. You are awesome. Friends like you are so important when fighting cancer. Love the dress, too. It is so you, but looks so great on her. XO

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  15. This is one of those feel good stories, and the fact that we 'know' you just makes it that much better. Your kindness is going a long way...I can tell by her blog photos. xo

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  16. This is all so impressive.
    So proud of you and what you've accomplished.

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  17. You are an amazing person! What a beautiful thing to do for your friend. The world needs more people like you lovely x

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    1. sewists generally restore my faith in humanity, so i'm going to amend that to the world needs more people like us ;)

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  18. What a beautiful thing for you to do! You have definitely outdone yourself.

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  19. You've done beautiful work for your beautiful friend.

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  20. but oona, you didn't warn me i would cry from all the lovely things you two have to say about each other, and how entirely amazing she looks in your clothes!
    this has made my day, made my week.
    thank you for sharing x

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  21. Oona,
    that fabric in the middle picture...what is it?
    I think I'm in fabric love.
    And no, being a total fabric-love slut doesn't diminish my love for any single one of them. <3

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    1. ;)) oh, that's a weird stretch waffle-y print that i wish i'd bought more of! i believe it was from "fabrics for less" in the NY GD, but i think it's all gone now :(.

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  22. Hi Oona, I saw this the other day and went straight off to read Krysta's blog. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and had the results of my lumpectomy op this morning. The news was not straightfoward, but I am hoping that I am not on the chemo side of treatment. However, what you made for Krysta was gorgeous and she looks amazing in it. Thank you for introducing me to her blog, and thank you for sharing your gift to her. Renews ones faith in humanity when people are so kind!

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    1. hi tamsin, i'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis-- i truly hope that things have become clearer since you hollered here. i hope you can stop by here for laughs and silliness, and i know you can stop by krysta's for superheroine fortifying!

      and SEWING. i hope you can get of much of that in as possible! i love your latest Burdastyle raglan top!

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  23. Krysta looks AMAZING in these outfits! She looks so powerful and yes, superheroine-esque! What an awesome collaboration!

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  24. Just beautiful, the story and your muse. I get overwhelmed with over-sharing facebook too, but a connection like this makes it so worth staying in the loop. You've made something positive and beautiful out of it. Bravo.

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!