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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.


Front view


Twist Style Fridays: Capriccio

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.



Extra-happy Friday everyone; a new issue means so many more patterns to play with on fashion day! I hope you've had a chance to take a slow flip through the magazine and pick some faves. I'm here, as usual, to show you new contexts for these garments. First up for the Polyvore treatment is Capriccio, Robin Melanson's lace-panelled, textured-cowl pullover. I'm loving this sweater. Something about the architectual details on the sleeve and the strong lines on the lace panel. It's exactly the thing to pull on after a day at the beach, when the stars are coming out and your hair is still kind of wet. But that is just one dreamy Capriccio-wearing scenario! I have so many more to present you with.

Here it is as you've seen it already-


Capriccio



Seems to me that you could also wear this lovely top to the office (left), a fancy restaurant (middle), or to someplace more casual (left). Neutral bottoms, cute shoes- you can't really go wrong.

Capriccio with grey


Then again, maybe you want to be wearing something a little brighter? These next outfits are variations on a pretty tight theme- melon-hued skirt, neutral but unusual shoe, cute bag-  but they still all seem like really different girls, going to different places. The one on the right is going to a cool party; maybe there's a band playing. The one in the middle is strolling around town, running some errands, but meeting a friend for dinner later. The one on the right is going to the ballet, or to see a play. Probably later she'll have a martini.


Capriccio with brights


We'd love to hear what you think of these looks- holler at us on Facebook! If you have ideas about how to wear Capriccio- have at it, and then tweet your creations @twistcollective, #twiststyle. Have a great weekend!


The Fall 2012 edition is live

Put your hands together for the new edition. Check out all the great new articles, and patterns, right here

Horatio and Oren by Barbara Gregory

Quick Dispatch: Summer Cubicle

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Kate's summer office

Twist Style Fridays Double Feature: Paisley and Flagstone

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.



Hi fashion fans. I'm back again with another exciting installment of Twist Style Fridays. This week, our fashion adventure is extra-exciting, because we are styling TWO garments from the Spring/Summer issue. We wanted to do this fun feature with as many designs as possible before our next issue launches (soon- we promise!!). Today, two lovely sweaters are on the sartorial menu: Paisley and Flagstone. We always want to know your styling ideas, so play with these garments in Polyvore, post your ideas on our Facebook, or tweet them at us @twistcollective (#twiststyle).


First up- Paisley. This sweater has some gorgeous details- the eyelets around the neckline, the princess "seams", and of course, the lovely paisley motifs.



Paisley



My first impulse was to keep the styling on this one pretty simple, and let the sweater really shine. Here are three variations on basic denim, cute shoes, and solid bags.

Paisley, styled plainly

Of course, I am someone who considers leopard print to be a neutral, so I couldn't stick to just basics for this one. The next set got a little wild, since I started to wonder about pattern-matching; what happens when you mix paisley with *more* paisley?? This does:

Paisley Squared

Maybe those are a little wild for some folks- but think about how they would look if the sweater were slate grey, or camel? Think about it, anyways.



Flagstone



Flagstone is a lovely cardigan that brings the eye upwards, towards the fetching lace panels, and your pretty, pretty face. My first set are riffs on the style you see above- floral dresses, simple sandals, perfect cardi.

Flagstone with dresses


The shirtdress in the center actually inspired the enture next set- not all necklines look wonderful with crisp collars, but this one really does. This means it's an easy addition to a business casual wardrobe for cooler days, or a lovely counterpoint to the sheer, summery button downs that are so very trendy right now. For your viewing (and wearing?) pleasure- three takes on Flagstone with a collared shirt and pants.

Flagstone with collars

How would you wear Flagstone? What about Paisley?

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