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Twist Style Fridays: Crosstrail

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.


Happy Friday blogfans!

This week (in Toronto, at least) has been hot to the point of obscenity, but this has not deterred me one bit from dreaming about autumn. Dressing for fall is my absolute favourite. Layering is the best, because what's even more fun than wearing some clothes you like-- is wearing even more clothes you like! Last week you heard a bit about my affection for fall colours (mustard is the best, wine is also excellent, rusty browns are great too); this week, let's turn our attention to textures and fabrics, shall we? The most exciting one is knits, clearly, but fall is also the time for velvet, suede, leather, corduroy, tweed, and denim.

Without any additional clothing, this sweater already screams fall. The yarn has a tweedy quailty, the colours are warm and earthy, and the shape is easy, cozy, and feminine. Crosstrail, you're a beaut. I would wear this with pretty much nothing else, on chilly weekday mornings while I make coffee, listen to the radio, and have peach crumble for breakfast before heading out to start my day.


Crosstrail


Since the silouhette of the top is slouchy, I think keeping the rest of the outfit sleek is a nice counterpoint. I stuck with fitted pants for this first set and my only real regret is that you can't have a tactile experience of these clothes through a computer screen, because the pants on the right are suede, and the pants on the left are velvet. Plus the blue purse in the middle is Georgia O'Killing me with adorable.

Crosstrail with skinny pants

Maybe you could tell that boots are another thing I love about fall. I was also curious to see how this sweater would look over dresses, and what seemed to be true was that it can work is the skirt is fairly fitted. I think it could also work over a gauzy maxi skirt, especially if you have long wavy hair and freckles.

Crosstrail with dresses

How would you wear your Crosstrail?

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Outfit construction site

Knitting for Ourselves: Carly's Madrigal


We love showing you beautiful patterns in the pages of our magazine, but we also want to show them to you in new ways! Twist Style Fridays are one of the ways we work on this, but one of the limitations of a site like Polyvore is that all the clothes are shown on one body type! This feature is a way for us to show how we choose and adapt Twist garments to suit ourselves. You've met the Twist Team already on the blog, now you can follow this feature here  if you want to know more about what we make when we knit for ourselves.




So hi! This is me, Carly, Twist’s social media ninja. If you follow the blog, you have seen some of my sartorial influence already, but here’s a little summary, baseball-card style.

Carly

age: 28

height: 5’1”

measurements: 39-32-44

body shape: hourglass/pear

occupation: grad student; social work intern; sunday school teacher

hobbies: ladycrafts, feminism, flirtation, bartering, swimming

place of residence: downtown Toronto

personal style: bright, girly, obnoxious, a little tough


Photo courtesy of Jenny Mecija


One of my favorite experiences working with Twist was assisting on this photoshoot. The garments were exquisite, we were hanging out at Jane Heller’s lovely home, it was fun to style, and the model (also called Kate) is one of my close friends. We had a lovely day and delicious sandwiches. Seeing the garments from the magazine in real life is a wonderful and dangerous thing- they are so easy to fall in love with. The pattern after my heart that day was Madrigal, Kristen Rengren’s lace-paneled cardigan.


Kate C wearing Madrigal


Carly with a friend, before she eschewed pants




I love me a good cardigan- I wear dresses year-round, almost exclusively. Mass-produced clothing is made for some imaginary “normal” body, which no actual human seems to have, so basically everyone I know has a hard time finding perfect pants. Most of those folks compromise and wear not-quite-perfect pants, but a few years ago I halted the search and just started wearing things that tend to fit me pretty well right off the rack: dresses with full skirts and cinched waists. Cardigans take summery dresses into autumn and winter, and also take dresses that are a little bare into a more professional context.




photo courtesy of Leah Dolgoy



I chose this particular pattern for a few reasons. First off, I love the neckline; I have a fairly big tattoo on my chest, and I like to show it. Plus I think a scoop neck is just pretty. The mirrored lace is graphic and interesting, but not too busy. My ability to read my knitting is decent, but it helps if the pattern is a bit repetitive and there are large elements to landmark with (such as the central zigzag) I knew this would be fun to make (and it was!), but wouldn’t be frustrating. Since most of the dresses I’ll be wearing this with are fuller in the skirt, I cropped this cardigan significantly. I also shortened the sleeves, largely because I had a very small amount of yarn with which to make this cardigan a reality (less than 800 yards). I am really happy with the finished project, and I think this little red number will make a regular appearance in my autumn wardrobe.



Carly's Madrigalbutton detail


Twist Style Fridays: Tenaya

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.



Hey there fashion fans. Carly here, with another installment of Style Fridays. This week- Tenaya, Elizabeth Doherty's super pretty (and seamless!) cardigan. Here's how you've seen it already-

Tenaya in Twist


And just because they are wearing me out with their simplicity and gorgeousness, let's take a closer look at some of those details, shall we?


Front panel detail


The decorative ribbing and clean collar and button bands are so lovely. This is definitely on my to-knit list for the coming winter. I've made my share of sweaters that I don't wear, but this one seems pretty perfect- it looks great open or closed; it's detailed enough to be the star of an outfit, but basic enough that you could wear it with loud prints without them competing. Clearly, you can knit it in whatever color you like, but this jewel blue is amazing. It's close enough to a denim tone that you can treat it like a neutral but it's also so rich and pretty on it's own! For this first set, i used it like a neutral, with some of the colors I am always most excited about for autumn- mustardy yellows and oranges. You know, in case you want to dress like the changing leaves.

Tenaya, autumn color outfits

The outfit on the left has a sparkly top just barely peeking out from under this stunning cardigan, but you could unbutton it further to show a little more flash. I think the sequins might catch a bit of light through the eyelets too. The outfit on the right could also be worn with patterned or lace tights for extra warmth and adorableness.


My second set focuses on acid-brights and silvery neutrals. A cozy, but still tailored knit like this one plays well with soft, drapey fabrics, or with more structured suiting.

Tenaya with silver and brights

I simply could not choose between the girly flats and studded boots with the outfit on the left. I think either works really well, depending on where your day might take you. Wear something a little sexy underneath the sweater on any of these outfits to take your outfit out for the evening.

I noticed that some of you have already cast on for this delightful project- I can't wait to see your finished garments, and how you wear them! Tell me about you styling ideas for this cardi, or make your own sets in Polyvore and post them on our Facebook or Twitter (#twiststyle). How would you wear Tenaya?



Designer Process: Osage

Carol FellerCarol Feller is a frequent contributor to Twist Collective; she is the designer behind Corona, Corcovado, and Parcel, just to name a few. Her contribution to our latest issue is the lovely Osage; a tailored jacket with a dramatic neckline and large button closure. In the following entry, she shares her design process for this lovely garment; you can also find this post on Carol's blog.




This week I’m excited to have a new design in the Fall 2012 Twist Collective.  It’s always such an honor to be included in their magazine, it’s so well produced and they take so much care with all the little details.

The design I did for this issue is Osage which is a tailored jacket.  You can also find it on Ravelry here.


Osage in Twist


This jacket has been in my imagination for a long time, I drew the curve of the front edge and collar in a notebook a few years ago.  I knew the shape I wanted but didn’t yet know how to design the shape exactly the way I wanted.  The whole design grew out of that front curve.  This happens to me a lot with design, I won’t have a complete design plan in my head but I will have a basic shape or feel and the rest of the design just falls in place around it.


Button closure


That curve and collar felt elegant, with a retro feel, so I wanted it to be tailored with a clean shape.  The yarn we used was Briggs & Little Heritage.  This is a real ‘woolly’ wool with a firm dense texture, combining this with a moss stitch pattern created a firm, flat, uncurling fabric that could be moulded to the curves I needed.

Due to the style I wanted for this jacket I opted to knit it in pieces.  Anyone who knows my work will know that this is pretty unusual for me :-)  It really did fit with the tailored style though, as firm seams would help it hold it’s shape.  I think that it also makes each of the individual curves easier to work as you’re only working on one or two shaping elements at one time.


Carol Feller wearing her Osage


To preserve the clean lines of the front I wanted it to just fasten with one giant button which would be the central decorative element.  This is a great way to use up that one large special button you’ve got in your stash!  However you do need more than a single fastening to close the front of a jacket so the other snaps or hooks (your preference) are hidden at the top inside.  You could of course also add a second button hole and button if you wished – just because I like a single button look doesn’t mean you will!  So go knit your own tailored Fall jacket and add your own personal twist.


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