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Make Peking Yours - A contest!

Kate here! Every week, Carly brings her sartorial skills to our Style Friday posts and this week she really made Peking her own. One of the things we love about Style Fridays and FOs is seeing garments in a new light. 

As a Work At Home Mom [WAHM] I'd wear Peking in a totally different way and I bet some of you have some great ideas too. We use Polyvore to make our Style Friday sets. It's totally free if you'd like to try it. Just use this link to grab the garment and style it any way you like. 

We want to see how you would wear Peking. Put together a set of your own with Polyvore or with photo editing software and share it on Facebookravelry or tweet it with the hashtag #twiststyle and we'll draw one name for a free pattern of your choosing.  In the mean time, I've put together my own outfit to get you thinking. Yes, it's just jeans but I'm all about colors and accessories right now so that I somehow look different every day at school pickup.

kate in peking

Do you share Carly's retro style? My color-loving aesthetic? Something else altogether? We want to see.

Please finalize your entry by the end of day Tuesday and we'll draw a name on Wednesday.

Peking

Twist Style Friday: Peking

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here. 



Something you should know about me, readers, is that I have a silly haircut. I have had a series of silly haircuts probably since the seventh grade, when I got most of my long wavy hair lopped off because I really, really didn't like brushing it. I still don't like brushing my hair, or using styling products, or tools, or accessories. I want my hair to look super awesome every single day, and with little to no effort. I've been sporting a style called a chelsea for about a year now, and it is by far the lowest maintenance, highest reliability of greatness haircut I've ever had. Also I can cut it myself, so it is free. Here is a photo of it. The location of this picture, by the way, is the High Line, and if you can, you should go there. Bring sunscreen and water.

 

Silly hair, silly glasses


The inspiration for this haircut came from a funny place. One of my many jobs (aside from student and blogger) is that I teach religious school to Jewish seventh graders for a liberal, unaffiliated Jewish community in east Toronto. My first year in the job was really tough. My students didn't really want to be there, they were 12-14 which means that in a room of seven students, there are as many developmental levels. Also being that age is really hard; you start to feel like you know things, but people around you still treat you like a little kid. So much is changing, and the world around you makes both more and less sense every day. It is a tough social time too! It was a long time ago that I was thirteen, and I had trouble relating to my students. So I started watching Degrassi Junion High, the original, Canadian series from the early 90s. And you know what? It kind of worked. It helped me remember and understand what my students were experiencing (well, plus the internet). Plus it inspired my haircut. See Liz, below, with the iconic Joey Jeremiah.

 

Joey and Liz

 

I'm just giving you this preamble so that you know that I have an ongoing love affair with the late 80s and early 90s, which I indulged full force this week for Style Friday. You definitely don't have to wear Peking with faded denim, black lace, and neon (though I encourage it).

 

Peking

 

It's an easy, airy shape for those days when you want to look put together, but you don't actually want to be wearing clothes. It's a bit sexy too, but in that oops-I-woke-up-looking-fabulous kind of way. Check out that dipped hem, eyelet detail on the sleeves, and peekaboo lace on the front panel. That gorgeous lace is echoed on the back too. See?

 

Peking back

 

You ready for a retro onslaught? Here it comes.

 

three outfits

 

How would you wear Peking?

Designer Post: Spoleto

Sandi RosnerSandi Rosner is awesome. No stranger to Twist Collective, she has contributed several helpful articles, her vast wisdom for tech editing and pattern support, and many gorgeous designs (a couple of my faves are Sanderling, Midtown, and Olivette). You can also find today's post on her blog - here - where she tells us how Shakespeare helped her design Spoleto, the gorgeous wrap from our latest issue. Enjoy!

 

 

Spoleto

 

The Spring/Summer issue of Twist Collective is up, and I'm delighted to be included. In addition to my article about tips and tricks for knitting lace, the issue includes my new shawl design, Spoleto.

This piece was inspired by my love of outdoor theater in the summertime. I am fortunate to live in an area where summer Shakespeare festivals abound, and few things make me happier than taking a simple picnic and a good bottle of wine to a local park to spend the evening watching a play. The Spoleto Festival in Charleston is renowned for the quality of their music and theater productions. I've never been, but I'd love to go, and I just love the feel of the word Spoleto in my mouth.

 

Spoleto, centre detail

 

I wanted this shawl to be a piece that you could drape artfully around your neck as a scarf while the day's warmth lingered in the air, then wrap around your shoulders as the evening cool settled in. Linear panels of moss stitch and simple lace make it easy to fold the shawl into accordion pleats. There is more solid moss stitch in the center of the shawl, where you want the warmth on your back and shoulders, and more lace toward the ends for a delicate finish. Seed beads are sprinkled throughout for just a touch of sparkle.

 

End detail

 

The yarn is Simply Fine from the wonderful people at Green Mountain Spinnery, in an absolutely juicy hand-dyed color called Melonball. This fingering weight blend of wool and mohair gives just the right balance of warmth and drape. I chose size 6 transparent gold seed beads with an iridescent finish. I prefer that beads provide a subtle accent, not be the focal point of a piece. They don't show up very well in photos, but are just glorious in person. No pre-stringing of beads is required - the beads are added to the appropriate stitches with a small crochet hook.

Thanks to Jane Heller for the wonderful photographs, and to Kate Gilbert for the beautiful styling. I love that the model looks so natural and happy - like she has just come in from the outdoors.

 

blowing in the wind

Twist Style Friday: Winona

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


This is a happy Friday indeed. I moved yesterday! I used to live on a major street in Toronto. It was super convenient, but also was about halfway between a fire station and an ambulance station and right on a 24-hour bus line. Now I live on a street where the trees are big enough to touch branches in the middle. Some of those trees have green buds on them today. I can see them out the window to my new deck. At least in this climate, it's that really magical time in spring where in the daytime it's actually hot out, but it cools right down at night. Yes, friends, this is prime cardigan season.

 

Winona

 

This sweater is super pretty. If you like wearing A-line skirts or dresses, this is the perfect thing to pair with them on a chilly spring evening. The low neckline is just a little spicy, depending on what you wear it with, and the full lenth sleeves and longer length read a bit more demure.


Because of the way that sample sizes work, and because Polyvore mostly caters to a "fashion" audience, and because fashion as an industry is mostly interested in dressing women with a very particular body size and shape, it's hard to show you, in the context of these posts, how different garments would look on different sorts of bodies. Without getting too political for a Friday morning before I've had my coffee (I found the box with the coffee grinder, but not the coffee itself), I'll tell you that I'm a really firm believer that all bodies are good bodies, and that you only get one, so you'd be wise to be kind to it. This is an aside to an aside, but pre-coffee Carly is prone to tangents; an artist friend of mine did a performance piece asking people to be gentler with themselves, literally beating herself up. You can see a little micro-documentary about it here.

 

All that was a meandering lead in to tell you that though I think this sweater would look awesome on all sorts of bodies, the shape of it might be particularly awesome if you look more like Wynonna Judd than Winona Ryder.

 

Enough about body politics, let's look at some clothes and shoes!


Four outfits

'Tis the season for chambray and florals and flats, am I right? The outfits on the far left and right may have been slightly inspired by watermelon.

I wanted to be wearing this sweater over my moving outfit last night (patterned leggings and a t-shirt), when I went to this amazing bakery in my old neigborhood for a post-move ice cream sandwich (you get to choose the kind of cookie and flavor of ice cream you want and they are all amazing). After ice cream and sitting in the shade for a bit, I got chilly!


How would you wear Winona?

Designer Post: Floriston

Elizabeth DohertyElizabeth Doherty is the author of today's post about her newest Twist design, Floriston. You can also find it on her blog, here. Like Elizabeth's other designs (this and this), this sweater is wearable, clean, and just detailed enough to feel special.

 

 

I know it sounds funny, but I do a lot of designing on my bicycle. I live in a mountainous place, and no matter where I ride, there are always hills and more hills. To keep myself from thinking about my legs on those endless climbs, I pass the time working out the details of new designs.

 

front detail



On some rides last summer it was a cardigan design that kept me diverted. The idea was to create a modern shape that would skim the figure and be easy to wear, but with a bit of elegance…something feminine, but not girly…with lace details, but a geometric motif rather than a floral one…on and on it went, to the top of the hill.

The result is Floriston, just out in Twist Collective's Spring 2013 issue. It's an airy, open-front cardigan with clean lines and a little surprise – a sweet inverted pleat at the back.

 

back detail

 

Some more details:

  • A wavy eyelet-and-rib pattern forms the cardigan's front bands and is repeated on the inside of the pleat.
  • A bit of waist shaping keeps the silhouette sleek.
  • The sweater fronts widen slightly at the bottom for some subtle draping without an excess of fabric.
  • The bracelet-length sleeves have a little vent detail that echoes the back pleat.
  • The sleeves and hem have a crisp I-cord edging.

I love the way that Twist styled the photos of Floriston. The model has such grace and charm, and that floral-print skirt is adorable. But I'm not a very girly girl, so when I had one made for me, I indulged in a lovely charcoal grey. So far I've only worn it with jeans and a tank, but I'd also wear it with some dressier ankle-length pants and short boots, or with a slim sheath dress. Pretty sure I'll steer clear of the bike shorts, though.

 

Elizabeth's grey Floriston

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