Readers, I believe when we've reached the point that we're sewing men's pants flies closed, it's time to take a break. Of course, this means that I'm imposing my break on you. So no pants today.
Instead, I want to talk about something altogether different -- wigs! I've written about wigs before (most extensively here), and it's no secret that I'm a big fan. To me, there's very little difference between a wig and, say, fur. It's a luxurious, hairy accessory.
After jewelry, any woman who isn't a member of PETA would be delighted to receive a fur coat as a gift, don't you think? (Or is this a woefully dated belief based on too many re-runs of I Love Lucy?) And yet buy a woman a wig for a gift and you'll likely be scorned. Buy a woman a used wig....well you can just imagine. To me, on the other hand, there's nothing more fun than a used wig, and no better place to find them than eBay. For some reason, there are many people selling used wigs -- perhaps due to the death of an elderly relative or neighbor -- and not many buyers.
Among my many weaknesses, one is an indisputable tendency to buy multiples of things. I pick up a vintage Ken doll on a lark, and only a few months later I own a small vinyl army of them.
Remember the vintage Samsonite train case I bought last winter? Not one week after receiving it, I bought another -- the same identical case! One I use for makeup and one I use for Ken doll clothes and how often do you think I'm reaching for a tiny suit and end up finding eyelash glue?
This unusual quirk is the same reason why I own three Chrissy dolls, two Singer Featherweights and, oh, I could go on and on.
Anyway, one recent evening I somehow stumbled into the wig category on eBay, and I simply couldn't resist picking up a few lots (yes, lots) at prices so low they were practically paying me to take them. I'm sure each of these wigs has an interesting story to tell which I'd rather not know. Think of them as miniature fur coats. I bought the two groupings below. I love how each wig style has a romantic name -- among my first group is Petite Secret (which is anything but), Brussels (no doubt modeled on the sprouts), and Sensational (uh...not quite).
The first lot is here, and the second should arrive today. Exciting, no?
I thought it would be fun to model each wig alongside the celebrity the wig most immediately calls to mind, and ask you to identify him/her. One wig, however, doesn't make me think of anyone (other than Michael's Aunt Mary) so I'm going to ask you to think of somebody.
Wig #4 -- Friends, this is the mystery wig. Whom does this wig remind you of? Valuable prizes await the lucky winner -- perhaps a fur coat of your very own!
Any ideas, folks? I know I look like somebody famous, but I can't figure out who. A singer on Lawrence Welk perhaps?
Please leave your ideas below, as well as the names of the first three celebrities.
In closing, how do you feel about wigs? Why does the obviously wiggy wig often invite scorn -- unless it's being worn by, say, Tina Turner -- when nobody for a moment believes women actually have blue eyelids or crimson lips?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!