Hot! The Fabulous Gordon Gartrelle

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As Oona mentions in this week's Oona Does It!, it was my idea for her to use the famous Gordon Gartrelle shirt from The Cosby Show as her inspiration. This episode from 1984 (when I was about seven years old) is hugely significant for me since it's really one of my clearest memories of laughing hysterically at a television show. Even when I watch it now, I still laugh at Theo's reaction and the ridiculousness of that shirt. Watch some of the episode here:


Oona's take is, of course, fabulous and more importantly wearable. I'm quite glad she skipped the silk shirt route and took it in her own direction!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Thanks for the laugh! Even though this episode is 2 years older than I am, I still watched it when I was young & I still love it :)

  2. this episode is brilliant– bill cosby takes a simple sneeze to new heights of hilarity. and oh god denise is a freak on the sewing machine. i held my breath!