Fiddle! After a mild winter, we're experiencing a bit of a cold snap - just when we're in the mood for spring! The frustrating part is that it's not too awful cold around here, just in the low fifties. But it's definitely too cold to wear sandals and little flippy skirts with no hose, a thin tee and cotton jacket.
But as they say, "Hope springs eternal..." and that's exactly what i wore Saturday morning to run a few errands. It was fun and very spring-y, my legs looked long in the gas station windows, i even felt a bit 'French'! However, once i got home and prepared to head out to Berkeley for the afternoon and evening common sense prevailed. I changed into jeans and my leather bomber jacket. Warmer and wiser!
However i'm not too impressed with these pictures.These snaps do affirm my preference for a bit of a vee neck. I love crew necks for their spartan, classic feel but i look so top-heavy i'm surprised i don't topple over. I did have some fun with GIMP, it's funny how much photo editing can enliven 'blah' pictures.I like the first image worked over to look like it's been hanging around since the mid-1970's in non-archival conditions. Definitely more mysterious, maybe even a little ahead of my time!
Whilst out and about we stopped in DIESEL bookstore. I sat down in one of the graciously provided comfy chairs to peruse the latest Alabama Chanin offering, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Yowza! I spent 30-45 minutes ogling, soaking up, plotting and scheming......The brilliance of this particular Alabama Chanin book is that it tells you how to accomplish all of the individual components of their trademark style - how to stencil, embroidery techniques, permanent marker embellishments, garment construction, and so on - and then shows many examples of finished garments. This allows the reader to mix and match the various parts in order to create her own custom piece.
|image from Alabama Chanin: Kristina's Rose Skirt Kit|
|image from Alabama Chanin: Anna's Garden Fitted Top|
It strikes me that a simple cap sleeve tee and slight A-line skirt in matching fabric could be worn separately quite casually, as well as at once for a more formal dress. With the springtime return of swallows and swifts i can't help but think of an all over stencil pattern based on swifts in flight.
|image from Saisons de Sainte-Cecile|
Do any of you have opinions about/experience with the Alabama Chanin books and/or clothing? Is spring getting here fast enough for you? I'm linking this one up to Patti's Visible Monday as soon as the post is up and i can get to a computer. Be sure to take a look, i always discover great new ladies as well as spying my favorites!