Winter is coming…but I love this pattern so I thought I would make it in a wintry interlock fabric. I first saw Giselle way back in April I think on Esty and its literally been sitting in my Etsy basket since then. When this month challenges were announced I chose the Dakota initially because I thought I couldnt make a Giselle in our winter here and wear it. But then I had this interlock thick knit fabric that was destined to be a shift – y type dress. Despite all my rationalisations I still couldn’t get Giselle out of my mind, eyed up the fabric and the more I looked the more I saw the fabric only become a winter Giselle. I love the feminine boho seventies vibe of the pattern especially the fitted midriff. I could picture it with my boots and a cowl scarf.
I literally stumbled upon this Marion Cardigan KAL while reading another blog sidebar and thought why not? I had never been on a KAL before, the cardigan looked cute. It an Andi Sutterland design .The cropped waist appealed to me. BUT I wasnt willing to spend a lot of money on yarn for my first cardigan. So I searched online for a reasonably cheap yarn which led me to Red Heart Niki Aran in ruby. It is an acrylic wool mix which can be machine washed and dried (life is a lot easier for my garments if they can be machine washed; I have a beautiful Laura Ashley silk teadress that has been in laundry hamper for 6 months because it needs special care). Before getting into my rambles here are some pictures first OK?
I read this article and was very interested in what it has to say. Working it: why the women who wear the clothes give fashion its power
Its a topic I have struggled with. I work part time as an associate lecturer at a university, so when I am teaching I grapple with the concept of dressing for empowerment. I need to empower myself to be the best teacher I can be for my students. This article has got me thinking about why I spend so much time figuring out what to wear on the mornings that I have to go to work.
I like, am drawn to and probably feel most like ‘me’ in feminine silhouettes but I avoid these when teaching….why is that? Could I be better if I wore instead of the black trouser and black turtle neck ‘uniform’ attire I have somehow…..delegated….as ‘appropriate’ for being in front of university students? I think I ought to spend a bit more time uncomplicating my relationship with dressing for work. What about you, how is your relationship with dressing for work? Do you have a favourite (work) outfit that makes you feel like “ain’t nobody gonna take me down! I am king of the world!” …and yes I do mean KING!
As part of Froctober over at the Monthly Stitch I came across this pattern from Finnish designers Named. The curved hem line appealed to me so did the shawl collar. These past few weeks I had been on a bit of a low with my sewing so doing this project was a lifter definitely.