2.28.2008

winter lingers



In the Northeast, winter lingers. The snow stands in piles on frozen grass and icy sidewalks. The inspiration to make cheerful summer dresses, like Lynne's amazing tablecloth dress (not of the Mrs. Roper variety!), has not yet come my way. I'm still thinking warm layered coats and cozy knit caps. Here's a little slender cap I made of an old cotton sweater. I lined the inside with a soft interlock and made a cheerful tassel of sky blue cotton yarn. My husband said (he's always my best critic!) "But it doesn't fit; it doesn't cover her whole head!" I told him, "that's the point. It's a slender fit cap. I think it looks more modern that way." Hmmm, does modern always mean cutting something down, making it shorter, or thinner, like Lynne's tablecloth dress? Or is it just a little tweak with the cut, making it less pedestrian? Anyway, it's cold, and I'm going to sit down to a cup of peppermint tea and watch the snow melt, waiting for my summer muse.

26 comments:

amy said...

cute photo! and i hope the muse comes my way soon, too!

Tammy said...

Adorable!!!!

Poshyarns said...

Well I think it is gorgeous, the colour is lovely on her.

martha said...

pretty cute! just right for the transition into spring.

lynne said...

Oh, I love that. Interesting question, the cutting away and simplifying...J. looks perfect in that blue. And I love the photo with the metal chair and that gorgeous blue in the back!

Cakies said...

Quite adorable! And the sun will be out shortly, hang in there! Though it is easier for me to say since I am in CA. And I love that chair! Where is it from?!! I love metal chairs, especially antique metal french garden furniture... it is so dreamy!

Bethany Hissong said...

You bring up an interesting question! I noticed Alicia is doing retro type skirts which actually cover more than some "modern" types and I love them. This cap is absolutely adorable and reminds me of little girls from the 30's or 40's. I think vintage is the new modern and I think people used to tailor clothing better in the past to fit well. We could do that again. Bring tailoring back as the norm.

Audrey said...

The photography is absolutely beautiful. I love the little cap. We have gotten a lot of use out of ours this winter. Thanks!

jen said...

i was recently introduced to your beautiful blog - i love each and everything you've made! wonderful photos too.

Courtney said...

so cute!!

lera said...

Love the cap!

UNIFORM Studio said...

I think modern often means taking away rather than adding. Stripping of embellishment, etc.
Sometimes it also means some loss of functionality -like in a beautiful chair that isn't comfortable:)
xo

sew nancy said...

very cute
hoping for spring right along with you

Carrie said...

Adorable! I love that you recycled a sweater and the color is just beautiful....

Jen said...

Oh I LOVE peppermint tea, it's my favorite and I'm off to make some right now. The cap is precious... come on summer!!!

esther said...

your interpretation of style is near perfection. your blog is so inspirational and your clothes are delightful.

Kennedy & Friends Co. said...

this is an adorable creation...only second to the little girl wearing it!!! i believe winter has overstayed its welcome. i'm ready to give winter goodbye and welcome the spring time!!! but...if you keep making cozy hats like this..i might get through a few more days on winter. btw, i really like the shortening of the hat.

Cakies said...

I have to agree with Bethany, vintage is the new modern!

Little Munchkins said...

I think the cap looks gorgeous. I love pale blue on little girls too.

fanja said...

this is very sweet and the sizing is very well thought through. the photo is lovely too.

Kari said...

I always notice you take great care in lining everything you make (usually choosing something with a lovely pattern). It's these details that make your work so exquisite!

Jen said...

Congrats to both of you for your photos on Cookie! Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

Love the blue in the back, Melissa...three cheers for the preschool-get-it-done-hours! I'm really loving this recycling genre too... I think i could do something like this...just as soon as i find my sewing machine!
- Marcia

Rach said...

You blog is just wonderful- gorgeous clothes and stunning photography. You are a couple of very clever girls. Well done.

sqrl said...

Such a beautiful photo, the lighting is so clean and bright and I loved color. So good. Cute hat too, of course.

Malka Dubrawsky said...

I love the hat. It's so sweet and delicate!