February 10, 2014

How do you stay warm?

I love the winter, so you will rarely hear me complaining about the cold (summer and the heat, on the other hand...), but this winter has been particularly bad for many, many people. Personally, I've been loving it, even when it's been -35C/-31F. This is the first winter in years that we've had real snow in Toronto. The kind of snow that used to fall when I was a kid! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Anyway, I stumbled across this video by Bill Cunningham on winter fashion:
and it reaffirmed my belief that just because it's cold, doesn't mean you can't look good. So I thought I'd share how I keep warm with y'all.

Personally, I have 3 wool winter coats, 2 of which are black (in different lengths), and one that is red/navy plaid. In this instance, I am wearing the longer of the two black coats with what I lovingly call my blanket scarf.
The blanket scarf is a gigantic infinity scarf that I knit for myself. It seems boring enough in the above picture, But then I wrap it around my neck twice to get this:
When I wear it like this, it's the warmest thing ever! But seriously, I can't turn my head or see my feet. It's crazy bulky. And, not gonna lie, I can't wear it while I'm driving (single or doubled) as it's just too big and gets in the way. But let's be real. I rarely drive, and it keeps me warm as fuck on my daily commute.

How else do I keep warm? With my awesome mittens of course! I've finished knitting my How Cold Is It? mittens by Drunk Girl Designs, and I'm totally in love with them. AND they kind of match my hair ;)
Seriously in love with these mittens!
So....What is your "winter look"?


February 9, 2014

Red, Polka Dots, and Panels

So, this dress was supposed to be finished back in September to wear for Mr. Social's birthday. And, yeah, that didn't happen. But I did get to wear it today!

I've made McCall's M6741 again, this time without pockets, or adding a collar of my own. I kinda love this pattern, and expect I'll end up making it a few more times, as it's a super simple dress that can work in any fabric and for any occasion. The cut is flattering for a number of body types, and the skirt has a perfect amount of flare.
The one thing I will do the next time I make this dress is make it a wee bit longer. I made it the length of View A without the bottom panel, and it's.....really short. I'm a short person and didn't expect it would be that short, but hey, live and learn. It's not so short that I can't wear it, but just short enough that I will never be able to bend over in public while wearing it :P

Until soon! xoxoxo