Outfit details:

  • Boots - Village Merchants in Portland, Oregon
  • Layered tights - bottom yellow layer from Target, top circle-hole lace tights from Nordstrom Rack
  • Skirt - sewn from the sleeves of two button-down shirts 
  • Fingerless mitts - Color by Number Stripy Mitts in Malabrigo Sock yarn
  • Cardigan - DIY, reconstructed from a thrifted cardigan (see below)
  • T-shirt - thrifted and printed with a hand-carved linoleum block print of a camera
  • Glasses - Zenni Optical
  • Hat - Barry knit in Anzula For Better or Worsted

DIY Sweater Cuffs:

Recreate the look with Lee's Reconstructed Sweater Cuffs tutorial:

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

 That's constantly changing, usually to the most recent piece I've made - so it's probably currently my travel sweater that I just finished knitting.  It was a super long-term project, striping between all the yarns I bought on a 3-week trip around the UK and Ireland in September 2012, which I started knitting while traveling on that trip.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I only pay attention to knitting pattern designers (and not nearly as much attention as I should pay) - a few of my favorites of those (off the top of my head) are Lynne Barr, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Teva Durham, and Elizabeth Zimmermann, of course.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I pretty much don't shop for new clothes, but I do occasionally buy something basic from H&M or Target.  My favorite place for socks is Sock Dreams, though I don't go there often because I don't have much budget for fancy socks.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes; most of my accessories are knit by me, many of my skirts are sewn by me, and many of my other items are embellished in some way (printed on, embroidered, etc).

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

I love color, but I try to avoid looking like a clown by either keeping the main outfit items more neutral and accessorizing with bright colors (like I did with this outfit), or if I want to wear a bright main clothing item, then keeping accessories toned down, and/or making sure they match nicely instead of just throwing on ALL THE COLORS like I'm sometimes tempted to do!  As for personalizing, try adding small embellishments if you can't or don't want to make full items, like bits of embroidery, trimmings/edgings, freezer paper stencil printing, etc.

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Shelley F.
Shelley F. · Kingston, Ontario, CA
love your work...Really like the sweater
barbara e.
barbara e.
I just love your style! You are very clever and have a great sense of color. I have sewn and crocheted and knitted for many years. I am 80 years of age, and have always wanted to throw caution to the wind, and dress as I pleased. But, for some reason I always ended up being conservative, having been raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Not much flair in that city, however, upon moving to So. California did try and lighten up, but still very conservative. I do however, make dolls in cloth and clay, so that is where I let my other more flamboyant style out. Didn't mean to tell you my life history, but, I am so impressed with you and the wonderful style that you create. Stay healthy, and by doing your own thing good health will be with you. bye for now, barbara
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