Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

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  1. Luuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Luuuuuuuuuuuuu said, over 3 years ago

    That is probably /not/ a squid or octopus costume. :)

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Wouldn’t it be “tailor”?

    Beyond fixing a button or sewing up a hole on factory seconds (did that a lot in the last year of college and a year or two afterwards) with a T-shirt, I don’t sew. Would have come in handy a few times when I tore a pair of pants or shirt…

  3. siggygirl2

    siggygirl2 said, over 3 years ago

    If dad worked for a union, would he be a teamster seamster?

  4. Happy, Happy, Happy!!!

    Happy, Happy, Happy!!! GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    You have a cool pop, Phoebe

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: bopard yesterday
    I’m wondering how many people actually can see UV. Some years back, I went through the entire collection of preserved birds at my university (took several days), illuminating them at longwave UV and mediumwave UV sources I borrowed from the geology department and could see the light from the light sources without difficulty, with the eye interpreting the colors as ranging from “blues” to a dark “violet”. There’s always been a color difference between what I see outdoors and what I see of the outdoors behind window glass or my glasses, but I’d never put 2 and 2 together. The desert here has a “pink” tone to the light as well as the predominant yellow/tan and olive green/grey. It makes it interesting to get the colors right on computer photos because of the difference between what the eye saw for a picture and what the resulting image looks like.
    Unfortunately none of the birds’ feathers displayed fluorescence, from raptors to passerine birds. I’d been hoping that some of them would. At least some birds can see UV, but it appears to be a trick for them to find food, with some rodent leavings reflecting UV more than their surroundings.
    Goldfish and some other fish supposedly can see both IR and UV. Since UV doesn’t penetrate water well, one wonders about fish that don’t live that close to the surface.

  6. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 3 years ago

    Huh, her dad seems to be a man of many talents.

  7. kaykeyser

    kaykeyser said, over 3 years ago

    I said it before I’ll say it again Phoebe has cool parents.

  8. John W Kennedy

    John W Kennedy GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    No, “seamster” (also found as “sempster”) is a perfectly good word. Although it originally meant the same thing as “tailor”, in the modern age it is usually a little lower down the scale. A “tailor” makes clothes; a “seamster / seamstress / sempster / sempstress” just sews where the pattern says to sew. (And you will note that Dad is working from a ladybug-costume pattern.)

    As to UV, pretty much every UV light I’ve ever seen “leaks” a little in the plain old violet range.

  9. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    I’d rather have “seamster” than the other obvious term for a man who sews: A “sewer”.

  10. cwg

    cwg said, over 3 years ago


    Tailor would be someone who makes adjustments to existing clothing, I think.

  11. Reynard61

    Reynard61 said, over 3 years ago


    Nope. Historically, the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union and the Teamsters only connection was through their respective memberships in the AFL-CIO.

  12. dfeuer

    dfeuer said, over 3 years ago

    It would appear that “tailor” and “dressmaker” are fairly broad terms for people who may make, alter, or repair clothing (dressmakers specialize in women’s clothing). Seamster/seamstress seem to be people who sew for a living. I know that my amazing step-grandfather was a tailor, and he altered clothing (with all sorts of exciting tools) but did not manufacture it.

  13. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago

    I mean a tailor, Phoebe, my great-grandchild.

  14. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago


    Tailors make alterations, yes, but they also make clothes out of whole cloth. Bolts of material, et cetera et cetera.
    That is what tailors do.
    Mazel tov, mazel tov.

  15. Hugh Manatee

    Hugh Manatee said, over 3 years ago

    I prefer to be called a “stitcher”

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