Monday, March 26, 2007
(Left: Moschino Cheap & Chic, £310.00, via Net-a-Porter. Right: via Teen Vogue, Valentine Leung shows us how to make a chiffon corsage. )
Not much knitting news as spring starts, but here's a way you can spruice up a pre-loved sweater with hand-crafted flowers. I loved the beespoke quality of the cardigan from Moschino, the center of each flower has a shirt button sewn in. And luckily, Teen Vogue has a quick tutorial on making these that you can adorn your spring wardrobe.
Monday, March 19, 2007
(Left: via Elle.com. Right: via The Sartorialist)
On scarves, hats or handbags, pom-poms are a quick and easy way to add flair and fun to accessories. If you've never made onn before, you can either buy a pom-pom maker or make your own template using cardboard. They tend to look better when they are more dense and full, this means wrapping the yarn around the template until you have a thick layer of yarn. My other tip is using very sharp scissors to trim the pom-pom. I used tailor's shear to make mine.
(Left: pom-poms are made from Fable Handknit Pure Baby Alpaca, which gives it that velour look. Right: my template for pom-poms)
Dk or worsted weight yarn
1. Transfer the given template onto cardboard. Cut along the lines (make 2).
2. With both cardboard templates held together with notches aligned, wrap yarn around the "c". Wrap tightly and densely until covered.
3. Using regular scissors, cut all around between the cardboard. template Cut a long strand of yarn and fold in half. Place it between the cardboard and pull the ends through the loop tightly Wrap yarn again, tying it securely.
4. Release the pom-pom from the cardboard template and loosen the yarns to fluff up the pom-pom.
5. Shape pom-pom by trimming the edges with sharp scissors. If you are attaching the pom-pom to a garment or accessory, do not cut of the strand of yarn holding it together; use it sewn it on.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
(Left: Sonia Rykiel, FW07. Right: Louis Vuitton, FW07. Both via Elle.com)
Today's post is inspired b the lovely rose card, sent in by blog reader, Michelle thanking me for the giveaway prize she received. It really made my day, thanks! My two favorite Paris shows featured knitted rosettes that adorned the sweaters and coats. They are super easy to make, and if you haven't already tried them before, here's some instructions on how to.
DK or worsted weight yarn
1. Depending on how big you want the rosette to be, cast on 10 to 15 inches worth of stitches. Work in Stotckinette stitch.
2. When the piece measures about 1.5 to 2 inches.
3. Break the yarn leaving an 18" tail. Thread end of yarn onto tapestry needle and draw yarn through the stitches.
4. Pull the yarn to gather. Your work will start to coil up and then you can shape the rosette.
5. Sew up the gathered egdes together to hold it in place. Volia!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
(A few of my favorite thing;s bamboo needles in a vase, a plaster bunny, a giant coffee cup of Fable alpaca, Barnes and Noble photo clips, a pink Narciso Rodriguez ribbon.)
Please don't mind the temporary glitches that may occur on my Fable site for the next few days. I've been servicing the site. I just added a direct mail order shop to the site! As well, if you didn't already notice, I overhauled the look of this blog. Now you can browse by subject!
(Left: Michael Kors, FW07. Right:Alessandro Dell’Acqua, FW07. via Style.com)
I think the first rule of thumb about trend forecasting is knowing when to expect the pendulums to swing the other way. It's not an exact science, but rather a gut feeling when you have "it". Nor is it arbitrary , as you can only predict with the information you currently have. I know that I can only predict it if I saw it somewhere (regardless where though), whether it be a kind of sneaker a band wears, or the color of a t.v. character's prom dress. When I see it, I get the feeling it's going to be "it".
The same thing occurred when I saw neck cowls at the Max Mara show two years ago, and here it is now at several shows this season. I noticed that scarves were hardly shown and if it was there, its ends were neatly tucked away. No long flowing, floor length scarves, simply wrapped around the neck or in the form of a neck cowl. Funny enough, this winter I ditched my scarf in favor of a neck cowl before the shows started this year. I guess that's when I just "knew".
They're easy to knit and don't take up a lot of yarn. There's a free pattern for one on my site.
(Left: YSL, FW07, via Style.com. Right: At the shows, on the street, via The Sartorialist)
(Isabel Marant, FW07. via Vogue UK)
Absolutely loved the styling at Isabel Marant. Although styling for most shows are unrealistic for its purpose of "show", I could really see people wearing it like this, if not already doing so in most fashion capitals. Plus I like the layering with the tweedy knits. Nowadays, there's just so much out there in terms of "show fantasy", that I am far more excited about seeing "wearable" clothes (they call it bourgeois streetwear).
Monday, March 05, 2007
(Nina Ricci, FW 07, via Style.com)
Olivier Theyskens usuallt does not have a stron knitwear portion to his collection, so I am pleasantly surprised to see it at his debut for Nina Ricci. The girls looked wins swept by the sea, with stringy pieces of yarn and feathers in their hair. This, mixed with sport chic and ethereal elegance brings about an ultimate cool and freshness.
(Louis Vuitton, FW 07, via Style.com)
The Marc Jacobs collection is always an early indicator of where the Vuiitton collection was going and this season was no exception. At the Jacobs show, he described approaching each model's outfit as painterly in its color palette. The Louis Vuitton collection was titled Girl with Monogram Handbag, and was no doubt a nod to the Dutch painter Vermeer and its subsequent movie inspired by the painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring. By no accident, Scarlett Johanson was sitting in the front row at the show. The color palette was serene, subtle but not without strong metallic or dark contrasts. Models were adorned with exaggerated Flemish berets and "painted" eyeliner. Knitwear rendered in fuzzy angora worn with sharp contrasting belts and metallic skirts and pants. By far one of my favorite Vuitton collections yet.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
(Sonia Rykiel, FW07, via Style.com)
Rykiel's show opened with several loosely draped sweaters, including a clever tie front strapless dress. Also featured were over-sized droopy knit caps. Typical of Rykiel were the rosettes that adorned the outfits through out.
Friday, March 02, 2007
(Missoni, FW 07, via Style.com)
The look at Missoni had an Annie Hall feel to it. The hat's underside lined in knitted fabric makes ir fresh. Loving the innovative use of knit fabrics used as an aesthetic feature that we are seeing this season.
(Stella McCartney FW07, via Style.com)
Loved the use of fair isle at Stella McCartney, so traditional, yet streamlined for modern appeal. Also noted was her use of faux fur "fashioned from dense whorls of hand-tufted yarn". Fake fur was shown repeatedly in Milan, I knew that I could expect it from Stella, an outspoken supporter of PETA.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
(Left: Zac Posen and model wearing his DIY creation. Right: Make this bag! directions here. via Teen Vogue)
I love the sleek new format of Teen Vogue's website. I especially appreciated the DIY section that features the projects from past issues.
(Knitting Lingerie Style : More Than 30 Basic and Lingerie-Inspired Designsby Joan McGowen-Michael, via Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
Many of you loved the lingerie inspired top by Tao Kurihara, and maybe even waned to create something of this sort for yourself. This book may be the answer. I am usually wary of knitting books titles that implu sexy, but this looks like it has both substance and style (in good taste). I tend to look for books that cover things I don't know, and this may be the one! I haven't bought any knitting books in ages and I'm starved for one! The book comes out in April.