I'm enjoying the September issues of Vogue, Marie Claire, NYT Style Magazine and InStyle, but the most exciting September issue for me was the Style Arc newsletter. I ordered the Nina cardigan because I liked the Abby so much and this one is even better. The waist shaping will make it easier to belt and it is so comfortable to wear a cardigan sewn from sumptuous rayon or viscose jersey.
|Skinny belt shopping is on my To-Do List. It really makes the look.|
|I'll wear these with boots. That extra bit of detail elevates them from leggings.|
|I love this silhouette, and look, there is the Robin Top, my namesake!|
Once I had placed my order for the patterns above, I sewed up a Robin Top and so far, it looks like a winner. Here it is before adding facings and needing an hem. The fabric is a stretch crepe from EmmaOneSock.
|First try-on and I love it! Needs to be finished.|
This high-tech weave might be my favorite fabric for basics, because it doesn't wrinkle, has a heavy hand and a nice drape and the black is nice and rich. So far, it seems to wear well and I like my sewn clothes to last. I have been working with this kind of capsule in mind:
|Lately, I have forced my daughter to accompany me on quests for amazing accessories.|
She is an excellent shopping companion - very supportive of spending money.
|Another item on my wish list - I sent off for a swatch of this coating at EmmaOneSock.|
If it lives up to my fantasies, I will sew a winter coat.
|This was the freebie pattern I got when I joined the Style Arc Members Club. |
It looks like a pretty easy sew, for a coat.
My goodness, I have a lot of plans, don't I? That's what happens on a holiday weekend - a person starts to feel like there is plenty of time to sew a whole wardrobe! I did finish Kelly's dress, and I will post pics when she is available to model it.
Back to magazines, I have seen the October/November issue of Vogue Patterns magazine and it was exciting to see Ann Rowley's work featured (V8804 - Claire Shaeffer Couture Collection cardigan jacket) because I also got to edit Claire Shaeffer's article on trims. I enjoyed editing all of the articles. I have a whole new appreciation for magazines, writers and editors.
Anyway, I wish I'd been able to look at all the articles one last time, to remove a few unnecessary exclamation points, but overall, I liked seeing my work. While I was at the magazine, my main role was editing articles and other organizational tasks. The fashion point of view comes from the team exactly as described in the letter from the Publisher. It's her baby.
Now that I have been back in Maryland longer than I was in New York, it all feels OK. I won't fib and say it was easy to walk out like I did. It was hard. I had invested 100% of myself - emotionally, mentally, creatively, and no small amount of dollars & time to make it work. In retrospect, I can see that it may have ultimately been very hard for me to be a brand ambassador for a magazine that isn't really my aesthetic. I liked the classic aesthetic under the previous editor and just assumed that's what would continue, but now I realize there is always more than meets the eye. Situations can be complicated.
I certainly do wish everyone well there. I am sure the magazine and the company will go on to flourish, even without my contribution!! (oops, unnecessary exclamation points)
Suffice to say, it was worth it. I guarantee the good memories outweigh the bad.
On that note, my friends, I bid you a good evening.
May you surf the web and find more interesting little things to read.