This year I’ve decided to challenge myself in ways that I have never imagined or put off at one time or another and that includes signing up for a continuing education classes in fashion design. It’s not on the level on a full-fledged undergraduate degree, but the class so far has challenged me, it’s been interesting and fun!
Some of our class assignments involve discussions of current fashion articles which has led me to browse TONS of fashion news sites and blogs in the past month. Between the informative fashion business news sites and the 80 zillion “what I wore today” blogs there are many places with tons of advice on what you should and should not wear for your particular body type. I mostly think this is a load of bull! I am of a mind that if you find something that’s fits well regardless of your shape you should wear it with pride. Why hide assets that you do like? Not all women want to minimize a large bust or full hips, some short women happen to like long dresses (and look good in them!), and I’ve seen some full-figured women rocking a wild all over print. If you have the confidence to pull off the look and are comfortable in the clothes and skin, why not go for it?! What do you think about dressing for a body type?
On another note, speaking of both “fit” and “classes”, I completed a Craftsy class on Fitting your Knits. The class project sweater (Mesilla) in the photo isn’t my favorite knit pattern that I’ve seen around, but I wanted to go through the steps for the class sake. The fit of this sweater, while not perfect, is better than others I’ve made in the past. Most times I’m so excited I just want to jump in and start knitting I would barely remember to check the gauge (amateur mistake!). The body fits well, but there are too many stitches in the front raglan area.
The math for fitting knits isn’t difficult at all! You just have to know your measurements, gauge, and the pattern’s measurements and gauge. I’m not sure I really needed the class for all that, but it did get me to think more about fitting my knits properly for all future projects.
A coworker of mine just had a baby girl and that fits in perfectly with my personal challenge of seeing at least one baby in something I’ve hand-knit. So far the last few items have been a bust: baby born bigger than the clothes, parents think the item is wool so they don’t put it on the baby because it was spring/summer, and I have no idea how the booties went over. Don’t people dress their babies like kids do dolls and change their clothes several times a day?
Since I like a challenge I went ahead and knitted another dress for baby.
I used felt buttons because they were different and I went big on size so baby can grow a bit into this one.
Yarn used: Bernat Cotton-ish in Cotton Gin Colorway. It’s a soft yarn with a nice drape and…affordable!
Please, oh please, let baby wear it for just a few hours if anything!
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw
“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
I’ve actually been occupied with TV and Taiji lately so much so I only get snatches of craft time. I’ve been making sure I’m definitely caught up on all of my favorites (Hoarders) and my guilty pleasures (Single Ladies, Bridezillas, and I hate to admit Basketball Wives).
*Sigh* I’ve still got that stash of old unfinished projects that I am working my way through, but I have to feel “in the mood” to work on certain projects. I just like to go with the flow.
My mood led me to finish up my Column of Leaves Scarf. I love the color, I love the yarn, and of course I love the pattern. I’m still trying to decide if I want to gift this one or not. The pattern is pretty easy to memorize once you get going.
Pattern Source: Brook’s Column of Leaves Scarf
Yarn: Uruguay DK (70% Merino/20% Alpaca/10% Silk) (50g, 124yds)