2009-10-22

In Knit to Win It

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Sweater? piece from my 4th year collection
Tee? Zara
Jeans? Diesel, Winners
Boots? Zara
Purse? thrifted
Bambi necklace? h&m

My 4th year collection in university was a winter bridal collection. It featured silk wedding dresses and cosy alpaca knits. I still like the idea but there is so much I would do differently. But that's just part of the learning process.... Maybe if I had a do-over I would learn to knit before deciding to do a knit based collection. I had people's moms and grandmothers knitting for me, a little dutch/Italian sweatshop so to speak. I couldn't even read a knitting pattern so it was hard to converse with the knitters. I would say I wanted a certain shape and they would ask how many across and I'd be lost. But it all got done (I'm still grateful to everyone...) and I got pretty alpaca knit pieces out of it (p.s. I got sponsored by Fable knits and I don't know a lot about knitterly stuff but I know their yarn is sooo soft and luxurious). I didn't wear any of the knit pieces for years after school was done, I think it was my hangover period. By the time the final collection is done, paraded down the runway and marked, you don't want to see it again for a long time. I'm over it now and it's been fun to play around with some self-designed stuff. This sweater I'm actually wearing backwards. The buttons are supposed to be down the back and the front rises above the bust (it makes sense, really). I got questioned for it during my collection presentation, but I love that the arms are extra long and slouchy. Perhaps it didn't look 100% bridal but I always pictured my brides to be a bit quirky...

And how fun are my elf boots? I bought these babies over 6 years ago in Montreal. 6 years ago I was not as fashion adventurous as I am now but I love that I had the balls back then to buy elf booties (and remember, 6 years ago booties were not the wardrobe staple they are now...). They used to have metal heels but somewhere along the way those broke off and my Mr. Shoe Fixer Who I Talk About A Lot put new heels on. How good is he? He crafted entire heels to match my existing shoes... for a good price too. If you're local and you need a shoe savior, I can hook you up... I know people...who know people...

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Anyways... if you haven't entered my giveaway yet, scroll down and do so... after that head outside and play in the leaves. Enjoy them now because soon it'll be...winter. Gross.

19 comments :

Leproust Vintage said...

I love your sweater! THe button detailing is so adorable!

D said...

you always look so cool. you have the best accessories that create such interest. love the texture with the sweater and bag. i want that pendant and you did a great job on that sweater. wish i could sew, knit, anything like that. awesome boots btw!

Kyla said...

That last picture is awesome! I'm loving your design - I would love to see more of what you've done. You're very talented!

P.S. All clearance at Goodwill is $.30 :)

Taylor Sterling said...

daring last pic. I love those shoes!

chic said...

Hey, i actually LOVE the cozy sleeves and bridal gown idea! I can just picture it and think it would be beautiful, esp. for a winter or fall wedding when it's chillier and you have pictures outside with a beautiful silk gown and cozy knit sleeves....sigh... is it too late to ask T. for a wedding do-over?

I'm also pretty in love with that bambi necklace! S.

Linda said...

Yes soft as a kitty. That cape was a savior the day of the wedding...oh boy I'm glad I asked (50 times) to borrow it!
I don't remember ever seeing those elf shoes...maybe because I would always yell at you when you wore heels because I'd look like an elf myself...man I hope he doesn't stretch those boots for you...

briannelee said...

Cute! I love the buttons on the sleeves! Do you have any pictures from your fashion show?

Yes, come to my bday party!!! ;)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Those pics are great! I love the cropped knit and the rolled up jeans and the boots! The whole thing!

Sal said...

It's a gorgeous piece, even back to front!

Amy said...

Absolutely love those boots!!! Very, very cute! These pictures are so fun- I love the last one.

xoxo
Amy
thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

Linda said...

P.S. I have a feeling you may be donating 100 dollars to the SPCA

Kelly & Tracy said...

Great outfit, your sweater is so cute!

Andrea said...

Who is your shoe fixer may I ask? I recently moved to Hamilton and need a new guy.

God Made Me fuNky said...

the shoes look great and arent you lucky to have a shoe savior.

yiqin; said...

The last photo is so amazing <3

myedit said...

Andrea- my shoe fixer is in Mountain Plaza. In the same corner the Durch Toko is in. Seriously, he's goood.

Samantha Simple said...

The shrug and boots are gorgeous.

http://samanthasimple.blogspot.com/

Clare said...

I just love that idea for the collection. I've always been wooed by the idea of a winter wedding, though I don't really think I have the balls to have one myself...too cold! Anyway, you look simply gorgeous, and I LOVE the necklace and those booties. Elf booties, hehe.

Nadine said...

I love your night photos! And the cardi is so gorgeous . .