Recently, I have found not only a new way of looking at things, but a new way to look.
I recently discovered Krista Larson clothing and the “lagenlook” or layered way of dressing for women. She does one size clothing and it is extremely comfortable, versatile, and made from exquisite fabrics. She uses silks, linens and velvets in a wonderfully creative manner. As an artist, this clothing rings all my bells! Here is a sampling of some of her current stuff:
This photo comes from Kati Koos, a boutique in San Francisco. In Middle Tennessee, just go to Zelda’s in Green Hills. The fun is in trying these pieces on! I have also found there is great freedom in dressing the way I want to dress, not the way the fashion-of-the-moment says.
This is a big deal for me. I have always done the “right” thing, had the “right” look. This clothing feels a little edgy in that it doesn’t fit the mold. People may likely stare when I wear it. The day I was trying on clothes in Zelda I was like a liberated woman for the first time in a long time. I love this line!
The only drawback is that this clothing is more expensive than anything else I have ever owned. In my life. Well, with the exception of my wedding dress.
Solution? Sew the items. These items are mainly simple A-line skirts & dresses with creative touches. I have the ability. I have the sewing machine. I love accumulating fabric, especially really nice fabric. I just need to spend the time.
So I cleaned and rearranged my sewing space and now have all 3 machines ready to go. My trusty Bernina for the main sewing. The Singer 221 Featherweight with the ruffler attachment on it, ready to gather as needed. And the serger my mother never used so she gave to me.
Next – fabric. Hmmm. In yarn, I am a yarn snob. I only like the good stuff. In cottons for quilting, I have been much more choosy and like to feel the fabric to make sure it is luscious. Fabric for clothing? Well, there is a great fabric store in our area, but it is a bit on the high priced side. I mean, they really mark things up. So I began ordering swatches from online retailers. These generous swatches are from Fabric.com. All yum! I also joined a swatch club which I will report on when there is news to report.
Until then, I just had to seize the moment to create so I went to JoAnn. I bought some 100％ linen in the mustard color shown above. The other fabric is a polyester fabric that I will make an overlay for the linen. We’ll see how my pattern making skills are – I kinda winged it!
I have a secret to share…I did buy one top at a trunk show Zelda’s was having several weeks ago. It is being made for me and I will pick it up sometime in September.
I’ll keep you posted.
Now that I have shared about this new way of looking, in the next post I will share a little accessory to go along with these clothes that I’ve been working on.