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Time in the Green Room Today

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It was pretty exciting to be at Fox2 news this morning and to see my dresses for Grown Ups on television aspart of the Ketucky Derby Segment.

If I were you, I’d be asking myself, “What the heck does Karen have to do with the Kentucky Derby?”

Answer: “Nothing”

However, I met with the hat designer Rachelle Willnus a couple weeks ago.  You know, just as I was planning to go down to Whipstitch, and right when I was saying “no” to things that weren’t sewing pattern or instruction-related?

Well, I’m so happy I said “Yes” to this chance.  It was fabulous to work with Rachelle, and to design dresses for Janna, Joan (in hazelnut soy/bamboo tank dress on the right), Sophie (in a red shot-cotton flirty sundress on the left), and Marlene (in the linen wrap dress in the middle).

I got to meet (and LOVE!) Sarah Jane.  We giggled offstage with Cheryl before the segment was filmed:

Made in Michigan: Derby Hats by Rachelle: MyFoxDETROIT.com

Grand total of redheads in the Green Room = 5

I can’t resist sharing some backstage photos.  I am so thrilled with how the dresses came out (and FIT!) and how gorgeous everyone looked in their hats and jewelry.

Why, oh why did I not bring my actual camera?

(I hope David Mello got some good shots with his fancy lenses.)

Backstage at Fox2 Detroit Redhead No. 1 Rachelle being Interviewed


If you want to see more, or get your hands on one of those hats, there will be a live event (party!) in my town (at the State of MInd Gallery) on Friday where all the fashions and hats will be available.


Someone was smart enough to snap a quick photo of the designers before we took off for coffee …(well, a nap was my intention, but you know how that goes with kids on Spring Break this week).


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