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Marnie here. Carly asked me to cover Style Friday while she enjoys a vacation weekend. Oh,how I envy her. It's been a month and a half of long hours, and few weekends for me and, of course, knitting away on next season's designs with any free hours I have available, so I'm planning to vacation vicariously through her until I can get some time off for myself.
Not that it's bad. I love my jobs and when I'm not working, my spouse and I have been tending our little garden. This year we've been eating ripe tomatoes until our stomachs hurt. Totally worth it. As great as the fresh food is, I think I might like some of our visitors even more. This sassy little hummingbird was giving me the hairy eyeball just the other day.
You can recognize the males by brightly colored feathers on their neck. They make me laugh every time they buzz my head and try to scare me off. They are no bigger than my thumb but they are fearless.
I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be talking about knitting and fashion, though, so let's get to that. My design this season is Fortuna, a half-circle shawl with a complex, knit, purl, lace and twisted-stitch pattern. With such a beautiful silk yarn to work with, I wanted to do something that would take advantage of silk's sheen and play around with the way different stitch patterns reflect the light.
It's so hard to capture in a photograph, but I think you can get a feel for what I mean in this photo I took after blocking. To truly appreciate silk yarn, though, you really must see it in person.
Instead of styling this shawl with pieces found in Polyvore, I thought it would be fun to switch things up a little and instead, pair them with pieces I've sewn from commercially available patterns. I bet a lot of people who read this blog also sew, and pairing up knits with sewn projects, can produce a closet full of great-fitting pieces in just the colors and styles that make you happy.
On the left is Colette's Myrtle dress sewn in an old Star Wars bed sheet I bought online. To cover the waistband, I sewed a sash in the same material. Paired with ballet flats and a big bag, this is a great day dress and can go pretty much anywhere. I almost always find stores and restaurants too cold so any time I wear a sleeveless dress, I always bring a shawl or cardigan along.
Speaking of sleeveless dresses, in the middle is New Look 6002. The envelope photos make the pattern look really prom-y. There's lots of sparkle and pink on the dresses the lovely young models are wearing, but worked in a crisp linen, the piece becomes suitable for office or evening, depending on which accessories are used. I didn't have a single shot of me in the dress without Panda and Thea in front of me so I figured I'd keep them with the dress. Seems only fair. Dogs are optional accessories for this look.
On the right, is discontinued jacket pattern, Butterick 5393. Paired with cigarette pants, flats and a smart bag, this is a great option for the office and if the Autumn air gets a little too crisp, Fortuna makes a fantastic scarf that you can wear right up against your neck without ever feeling itchy. The free-form lace is juxtaposed against the more structured plaid and makes for a playful and unexpected combination.
Have you ever considered sewing pieces to go with your knits? What would you pair with Fortuna?