The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor

Start date: December 2007 54 episodes

“The Opinionated Tailor” is a glimpse into the colorful world of Khouria Krista West, ecclesiastical tailor, priest’s wife, and mother. In her podcasts, she discusses any and all matters pertaining to Orthodox church vesture, parish life, motherhood, and faith.

Please feel free to contact Kh. Krista at opinionatedtailor@ancientfaith.com with topic ideas and other suggestions for this podcast.

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Episodes

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Apr 28, 2014

Slow Vestments

Kh. Krista turns her thoughts to the fast fashion industry and what its implications are for our vestment tradition.

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Oct 08, 2013

Ten Things I Love About Teenagers

Kh. Krista muses on the things she loves about teenagers.

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Mar 27, 2013

What’s Wrong with Venice?

On a recent research trip overseas, Kh. Krista visited San Marcos in Venice, Italy, a church adorned with looted Byzantine art and iconography. In doing so, she was really hit by the magnitude of the loss of Constantinople, which prompted a reflection on beauty and the sublime.

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Jul 30, 2012

Real Stuff

In a world of the unreal, Kh. Krista meditates on the "real" stuff of the Church.

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Jan 28, 2012

Today is Not the Day

Work got you down? Take a few minutes to hear how work can refresh you.

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Dec 20, 2011

The Happy Prince

As a Christmas gift to her listeners, Kh. Krista reads The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.

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Oct 21, 2011

Where Is Your Peace?

Ever thought of your spiritual peace as a weapon? Kh. Krista has!

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Jul 19, 2011

Beauty is More Than Skin Deep

In the Orthodox Church, beauty is more than skin deep. Kh. Krista explains why.

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May 26, 2011

The Community of Joy

Kh. Krista reads her article, "The Community of Joy."

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May 07, 2011

Vestment Book 5

Kh. Krista completes the first chapter of her book on the origins and traditions of Orthodox Vestments.

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Apr 12, 2011

Some Serious Religion

Kh. Krista gives some advice on getting ready for Holy Week.

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Mar 05, 2011

Preparing for Lent

Are you prepared for Lent? Kh. Krista gives some tips.

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Jan 10, 2011

Vestment Book 4

With this podcast, Kh. Krista continues reading from her book on Orthodox vestments, discussing the ancient garments of Greece and Rome and their transformation into Orthodox Christian liturgical dress.

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Nov 11, 2010

Vestment Book 3

With this podcast, Kh. Krista continues reading from her book on Orthodox vestments, discussing the ancient garments of Greece and Rome and their transformation into Orthodox Christian liturgical dress.

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Oct 11, 2010

Mary and Martha and Mamool

Kh. Krista contemplates the differences between Mary and Martha, in light of making Arabic pastries.

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Sep 19, 2010

Vestment Book 2

With this podcast, Kh. Krista continues reading from her book on Orthodox vestments, discussing the ancient garments of Greece and Rome and their transformation into Orthodox Christian liturgical dress.

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Sep 01, 2010

Vestment Book I

Kh. Krista begins reading from her book-in-progress on the origins and traditions of Orthodox vestments.

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Jun 10, 2010

Perspectives

Kh. Krista explains how our lives can change when we change our vision.

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Feb 22, 2010

Put Down and Look

Kh. Krista encourages us to put down the service books and enter more fully into this year's Lenten services.

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Jan 27, 2010

Prepare Ye the Way

Getting ready for both a new baby and a new book on vestments has Kh. Krista thinking about preparation in general.

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Nov 07, 2009

Discipline - Part 6

Kh. Krista discusses the importance and joy of hard work.

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Sep 25, 2009

Discipline - Part 5

As part of a disciplined life, Kh. Krista discusses the place occupied by balance, eikonimia, and rest.

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Aug 22, 2009

Discipline - Part 4

Is almsgiving just about money? Kh. Krista explores how almsgiving teaches us to let go.

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Aug 08, 2009

Discipline - Part 3

Kh. Krista presents fasting as a gift and a skill.

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Jul 11, 2009

Discipline - Part 2

In part two of her series on leading a more disciplined life, Kh. Krista looks at the traditional discipline of prayer.

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Jul 03, 2009

Discipline - Part 1

How do we lead a disciplined life? Part one of a series on discipline.

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May 23, 2009

Abase and Abound

How good are you at going with the flow? Can you "abase and abound," as St. Paul mentions in Philippians? Kh. Krista uses her experience making cassocks to consider this topic.

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May 04, 2009

The Joy of Handcraft

Is knitting a dying art?

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Apr 16, 2009

Learning to Ski the Slopes of Lent

Khouria Krista compares the Lenten journey to learning to ski.

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Mar 13, 2009

Preparing for Lent

How to take your schedule down a notch in preparation for Great Lent.

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Mar 04, 2009

Longing for Paradise

Christ charms us into His kingdom, says Khouria Krista West, and this is nowhere more evident than in the physical manifestation of beauty within the Church.

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Feb 16, 2009

Bishops’ Vestments

Khouria Krista West explains the origins of Bishops' vestments.

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Jan 28, 2009

Sin No. 5

On the list of 7 deadly sins in the Bible, the 5th one is Gluttony. In a society where we are often denied nothing, how do we as Orthodox Christians face this issue head on? Kh. Krista has a very personal experience to share with us today.

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Dec 16, 2008

Eye Of The Storm

Kh. Krista muses on Christmas, preparation, twinkly lights and priorities as we draw closer to Christmas day.

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Nov 18, 2008

From Concept to Completion - The Tailor’s Workshop

Today, Kh. Krista lets us in on her planning and final completion of her new workshop where ecclesiastical vestments are made.

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Oct 14, 2008

The Honorable Workman

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Today Kh. Krista celebrates the laborer who works with his or her hands in a day of automation and machinery.

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Sep 20, 2008

In The Workshop Today

Kh. Krista takes us into her workshop where she is working on some unique and unusual cutting projects.

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Sep 03, 2008

Kontoglou on Byzantine Iconography

Today Kh. Krista reads a fascinating and instructive article from the Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies about Byzantine iconography compared to western art.

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Aug 05, 2008

The Work of Contentment

Kh. Krista reflects on the relationship between work and true contentment.

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Jul 19, 2008

Painting and Praying

The Bible says we are to pray without ceasing. But does that include when we have a paint brush in our hand?

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Jul 02, 2008

Driving To Heaven

Kh. Krista imagines an Orthodox world where our priorities favor the beauty of our Temples rather than the beauty of our cars.

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Jun 16, 2008

Clutter, Confusion and Contentment

Some thoughts on the clutter in our lives and how it affects our spiritual state.

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May 30, 2008

Ode To A Home

Kh. Krista gives a farewell to her house and muses on what homes and beauty mean.

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May 16, 2008

Wear Your Best For Jesus

Kh. Krista shares her thoughts on wearing your Sunday best.

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Apr 24, 2008

Meditations on a Funeral

Since today is Holy Friday, Kh. Krista takes a departure from her usual topics of vestments and beauty in the Church and gives a meditation on motherhood and death.

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Apr 13, 2008

Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Color Is Wrong

Kh. Krista discusses the use of color in vestments.

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Apr 01, 2008

A Tailor’s reflections on the prayer of St. Ephraim

Kh. Krista gives some reflections on the prayer of St. Ephraim from a tailor's point of view.
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Mar 17, 2008

Beauty In The Church

Kh. Krista explores the various reasons that beauty is important in the Church.

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Mar 01, 2008

How Vestments Are Made

In this podcast, Kh. Krista explains step-by-step how vestments are made, from the very first phone call to the finished garments.

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Feb 17, 2008

The Education of an Ecclesiastical Tailor

Kh. Krista walks us through her journey and experiences that brought her to the world of ecclesiastical tailoring.

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Feb 05, 2008

A Walking Tour Of The Orthodox Church - Part 2

Kh. Krista continues her informative tour paying particular close attention to what the Deacon and Priest are wearing. Don't miss her perspective on the importance of the beauty of the fabric close to the end!

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Jan 23, 2008

A Walking Tour Of The Orthodox Church - Part 1

Today we walk through the temple and learn about the fabrics, vestments and colors that we encounter. This is part 1 of our tour.

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Jan 08, 2008

The Power Of The Cassock

In this episode Kh. Krista gives us some history on the use of the cassock and shares her opinion on how it should be used today.

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Dec 26, 2007

The Big Black Dress

Kh. Krista gives a helpful perspective on current cassock usage in the US and the modern history of clerical dress in America since the 1950s.

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