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Conservatory

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.


 

Marnie here, filling in for Carly, on another Style Friday. This week, I'm featuring a brand new design, released about a week ago. Conservatory, by Kate Gilbert, is a stunner of a stole. Long vines of paired eyelets evolve into a shower of leaves at each end. And the yarn, Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock, features cashmere and nylon in this merino blend, making it durable and elegant. You can pair it with your most formal outfits, or wear it like a scarf for casual, work or outerwear. And being so light, you can pack it away in your bag, if it gets too warm. This is really an all-seasons piece, and would really compliment almost any wardrobe.

 

Conservatory

 

While we don't normally style accessories, on Style Friday, I thought I'd show you some outfits that would pair just wonderfully with Conservatory.

 

 

three outfits for Conservatory

 

Stoles are incredibly versatile. A little online sleuthing will lead you to a variety of ways to tie a scarf, and many would work just as well with a knitted stole, and of course, you can unfurl it at any time to wrap it gracefully around your shoulders.

 

While Kate and I were meeting, we even joked about pairing it with silver hot pants. I don't know, I almost think it could work.

three outfits for Conservatory

 

 How would you wear Conservatory?

 

Twist Style Friday: Demeter

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 everyone!! We sailed right past a landmark day, folks. We have done over a hundred Style Friday blog posts!! Can you believe it? Sometimes I get nerdy about numbers, so here is some amusing fashion column math (Jewish readers- this is totally a nod to that part in the Passover Seder when you go through all that funny biblical math about the number of plagues). 

 

105 is how many Style posts we have created, including this one;

117 is how many Twist Collective patterns we have styled in these posts;

151 is how many "sets" of outfits we have created on Polyvore;

465 is the total number of outfits we have suggested as possible ways to wear those 117 garments; 

128 of those (28%) were outfits based on pants or shorts (versus skirts or dresses);

30 is the number of pairs of red shoes I used in those sets (shockingly low, I think!);

17 is the number of items in those sets that are leopard print (my favorite color)!

 

Was that fun? Did I just make math fun? If I knew how to use fancy computer programs, I would tell you funnier things too, like how many of the shoes I recommended were wildly impractical, or how many of the purses retail for more than $1000USD. Ooh, now I want to make some of these things into graphs! Pie charts! Hmm, now I just want to eat pie. 

 

I'm in a funny mood today, can you tell?

 

Let's get to today's garment. If you read the blog regularly, it should be super fresh in your mind, because we just ran Alison's post about her design, the lovely Demeter skirt. 

 

Demeter skirt

 

The swirling vines and leaves are striking details, but minimal enough that the skirt isn't at all busy. The picot hem is just cute enough, but if you wanted something a tiny bit sleeker or more formal, you could leave that off. The shape is swingy and easy and would look super cute on lots of different kinds of bodies. I want one. Actually, I want three: charcoal grey, deep red, and something bright and a little silly, like chartreuse or orange. 

 

I bet you want to see it from another angle or two. 

 

close upback view

 

This one is made in a clever cotton/wool blend (Classic Elite Chesapeake) so it's got some shape-holding bounce but won't make you a sweatball when the sun shines. I think it would also be totally lovely in linen on hemp, or another plant based blend with a bit of wool in it. 

 

I know what you really want to know though; how will you wear this darling skirt?? I have ideas. Given the mood I am in today, and how hot it is finally getting here in Toronto, consider yourselves lucky that this set only includes ONE crop top. You're welcome. 

 

four outfits featuring Demeter skirt

 

How will you wear Demeter

 

 

 

Designer Post: Demeter

 

 

Headshot of designer Alison Stewart-Guinee

Alison Stewart-Guinee is the designer of Demeter, the lovely swingy skirt from our most recent issue. This is her first contribution to Twist! You can also find this post on her blog, here

 

 

 

  

At last! We are in the throes of spring!  I love winter, don't get me wrong. And to be perfectly honest, I have truly loved the snowy days and deep freeze that this winter brought us.  Most people look at me like I'm a little touched when I say that, but it's true.  I love snow, I love to cozy up inside with knitting on my lap and I love to bake (and eat) hearty winter meals.  But even I am overjoyed that we are officially into spring.  This last gasp of winter hasn't been able to fool anyone. It's as if it just popped into say, "Don't forget me." And we won't, but move over winter because spring is here to stay.  It's time to wash those woolens, pack them away for next year, and break out the cotton, linen and strappy sandals.  

 

And just as if on cue, my newest design was released.  Aaaand...wait for it…in Twist Collective's Spring/Summer issue!  I am beyond thrilled. I've long been an admirer of this publication. It's always full of gorgeous designs, informative articles and just tons of fashion forward yet classic garments that I want to wear and knit.  It's been a secret goal of mine to find myself in their pages. And so this fall I screwed up my courage and sent them a proposal. I am not a trained designer and I am definitely not a trained fashion drawer, so sending out proposals always takes a bit of just closing my eyes and jumping.  And then the forgetting game...you know the one where you convince yourself that nothing is going to come of it so you should just put it out of your mind, but really you're holding your breath every time you check your email.  Do you know that game? Anyway, that's how it goes around here. And then the email came and then yarn and then this...Demeter... 

 

 

Demeter

 

 

A flirty spring and summer skirt, that's knit in the round from the top down.  Demeter is a prettified mash up of my all time favorite summer skirts.  The first: gored in eyelet fabric, sewn on the bias~the one that is so tired and bleach stained that I've taken a sharpie to it rather than retire it.  And second: my go-to wear-everyday jersey knit skirts.

 

These shots are from Twist Collective.  I really do just adore them.  Isn't the model just gorgeous?! 

 

 

Demeter from the back

 

 

I liked making this skirt so much that I actually made a second sample of Demeter…one just for me.

 

 

 

Alison in her Demeter skirt

 

 

I love how it can be dressed up or down and how comfortable it is to wear. I see myself pairing it with a tee shirt and sandals as well as dressing up with a blouse and heels.  This pattern was worked in Chesapeake by Classic Elite Yarns.  Let me tell you this yarn was made for skirt knitting.  It's drapey, without being limp and lifeless, and it has memory.  It holds it's shape wonderfully.  These pictures were taken after a very busy day in which I had been wearing the skirt all day, drove for several hours and then ran errands and went to the yarn shop and sat around knitting for several hours more.  And not a hint of sagginess in sight. Love!

 

 

Alison's Demeter from the back

 

 

I'm kind of in love with knitted skirts right now—with knitting them and with wearing them. This construction is my favorite—top down, seamless and in the round.  It allows for lots of try-ons along the way, making it incredibly easy to customize—a little longer, a tad shorter, straighter, fuller…easy peasy.  As someone who changes her mind a thousand times in the course of knitting a project, I like that kind of flexibility.  

 

You can purchase the pattern for Demeter by following the link on Ravelry or by going right to the Twist Collective shop.

 

Happy spring all! I'm off to...you guessed right...knit...OUTSIDE !!!!  

 

Twist Style Friday: Brightwood (times two!)

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 everyone!! Spring has sprung, there are fiddleheads at the market, I got a new (to me) bicycle, and the world is my sunny oyster. People, it's popsicle season. Rejoice. 

 

It's also the time of year when the sun dipping behind a cloud, or crossing onto the sunny side of the street can make a serious difference to the temperature, so layering is becoming increasingly important. Also useful are long sleeved (or long-ish sleeved) tops that are a little lacy. You feel covered up and cozy, but still get a little airflow. 

 

Brightwood, in both of it's glorious forms, is just the thing. 

 

Brightwood PulloverBrightwood cardigan back

 

 

 

Cardigan front

 

I love the vertical lines, the combination of cables and simple lace, the bright springy colors, and the deep necklines. Whether you choose the cardigan or the pullover, Brightwood is a dreamy addition to a spring wardrobe. 

 

Let's talk a little more about the cardigan. I know you could make it in any color that you like, but this acid green is really a favorite of mine. It plays really well with other colors, so pick some bright shoes, ok? 

 

 

three outfits with brightwood as a cardigan

 

 

The two outfits on the edges are kind of like city beachwear, and the one in the middle I'm calling superhero-formal. 

 

 

side view of pullover

 

 

The pullover is super versatile. It wouldn't look out of place with your most casual bottoms. But something about it made me want to style it with a little more elegance. I think it's the combination of the length of the top and the vertical lines created by the lace and cables; it creates such a lovely long silhouette. Wear something striking near your face (sparkly earrings! a statement necklace!) and heels to exaggerate that long line all the way from head to toe. 

 

 

three outfits with Brightwood as a pullover

 

How will you wear Brightwood?

 

Twist Style Friday: Ivyle

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, fashion fans. As you read this, I am probably reading silly stories out loud to my friend Jenn as we drive from Toronto to Montreal for a weekend jam-packed with wonderful friends. I just packed my weekend bag, which is a skill I have really honed over the last several years. Thanks, long distance dating! 

 

This week's featured sweater, Ivyle,  is the kind of thing I would pack for just about any trip. 

 

pale blue scoop neck sweater with lace above empire line, 3/4 sleeve, on model in front of floral background

 

 

I would wear it over a summer dress on a cool night, with a cotton skirt or comfy pants to drink coffee by a misty lake at a cottage, or out for dinner with something a little dressy. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

I love the square-ish neckline, the sleeve length, the split hem, and the simple, echoing lace. 

 

three outfits with skirts

 

 

I think all three of these looks are a little sweet, a little edgy, and a little sexy. The shoes really make all the difference. 

 

 

two more

 

 

I also know that not everyone eschews pants quite like I do, and some of you may wish to wear your lovely top with  bifurcated garment. I respect your choice. Especially if you accessorize with anything inspired by giraffes, because giraffes are wondeful and bizarre. 

 

How will you wear Ivyle

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