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Robe Color Advice

To: alt.religion.wicca
Subject: Re: Robe Color Advice
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 06:29:45 GMT

Dennis Rodgers ( wrote:
: Does anyone have any sugestions of colors to stay AWAY from?  Or 
: patterns, shapes, etc I should avoid in material/trim?  I dont want just
: a plane ol' black or brown robe, so i would like to dress it up a little.

COlors to avoid, at any cost, are any that make you look dead, or drunken 
ruddy.  Your robe should be expressive of your magickal self, as 
comfortable as you can make it, and made of fabric and trim you love.  On 
the subject of trim, please find an older woman in the fabric store and 
ask her advice about a specific trim and fabric combination.  They must 
*both* be either washable or dry-cleanable.  Be wary of non-name brand 
trims, especially red, purple, dark blue, or black.  Cheap ones can fade 
or run, ruining your robe and wasting your hard work.

I say find an older woman, because she is more likely to know about these 
things.  These days, the younger ones seem all to have Bus. Admin.  or 
Marketing degrees, and don't know beans about the fabric/sewing biz.  I 
know two fabric store managers who admit to not knowing how to turn on a 
sewing machine, but they know how to run a business, ostensibly.  WHat 
they seem to actually know is how to turn a sucessful industry into 
something that serves its customer base less and less.  But that's 
another NG, and another flame!



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Ooooops!  Left out a very important point.

When designing your robe, *think* about the sleeves.  Are you going to be 
working at the Altar?  Then make sleeves narrow and close to your arms.  
Less chance of getting them into the candle flames, that way.  The first 
thing I learned in training to be a public Pagan Clergy Priestess was, 
"Keep your sleeves out of the candles!"

Also, think seriously about pockets.  I know too many Pagans who leave 
psickets out of their robes, and then are always trying to find asafe 
place for their wallets at open gatherings, or a place to put some small 
object they need in ritual.  In men's robes, I usually make the pockets 
so they not only have robe pockets, but access to trouser pockets 
underneath.  Yeah, I know.  "wear nothing under your robes," but in 
practice many men *do* retain their trousers.

Happy sewing!


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