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Twist Style Friday Triple Threat: Belleville, Portia, Verbena

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

You read that title right. We are looking at *three* Twist garments today. All of them are super lovely. Let's take a quick look at these great tops, and then have an outfit bonanaza! 

 

 

First up is Belleville. a lovely spring cardigan with a fresh lacy back! 

 

 

Belleville, pale yellow cardigan with lace panel in back, seen from the back on a brunette model standing in front of a floral wallBelleville from the front

 

 

I love the graphic lace on the back, and how it's echoed on the cuffs and by the buttonbands. I think the neckline is sweet and pretty. I would like three. 

 

 


close up of tie-up sides of Portia tunic, lace yoke and split-seam skirt.full view of Portia tunic

 

 

Meet Portia! A cinched-waist tunic with integrated ties and pretty lace. Cute, right? 

 

 

Verbena, pale purple skirted tankback view

 

 

Verbena is an asymmetrical skirted tank with fun construction; you knit the skirt portion sideways, and then pick up and knit the top portion. 

 

 

three more!

 

 

For Verbena, I thought about different contexts in which you could wear this top. I think it could very easily be dressed up or down. In my brain, these outfits (from left to right) are for a garden party, a night at a club, and a weekend music festival. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

It took a while for those loose pants to grow on me, as an idea. When i started seeing them in stores over the last few months, I had the same reaction as when people started wearing leggings as pants. I thought judgmentally, "put some darn pants on, humans!" Then I saw people wearing them and looking so comfy and so cool, and I was converted. I don't have any of my own yet, but if i find ones that fit me well - with a great and silly floral - they will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine. 

 

 

and another three

 

 

Me, I don't wear a lot of onesies (the umbrella category for jumpsuits, coveralls, rompers, etc). I was thinking about my friend Eroca when I styled that outfit in the middle. She wears onesies almost exclusively - she calls them unisuits - and always looks fabulous. She and I built a giant cake last week for someone to jump out of. I burned myself with a hot glue gun and it was still a really great day. 

 

 

How will you wear Belleville, Portia, and Verbena?

 

Twis Style Friday Double Bubble: Restalrig and Tybee

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

You folks know that I dress pretty carefully. I take into consideration the weather, what I will be doing with my day, my mood while dressing, and what sort of state of mind I would like to be in for the day. Then I concoct an outfit based on a delicate balance of those factors.  Or sometimes, I have to rush my sweetheart of a roommate to the emergency room (everyone is fine, don't worry!) and don't have time for this kind of morning creation ritual. Those times, I end up leaving the house wearing leggings as pants, an oversized hot pink tank top that says "I am my own dream date", and a cardigan with pockets. Nothing exploded as a result of not having carefully calculated my clothes, but I am still glad that most of my days start with a little sartorial math. 

 

We are looking at two garments today on Style Friday; Tybee and Restalrig. Let's look at Tybee first. This top is adorable. 

 

Tybee from the front- cream colored sleeveless blouse with picot edges and eyelet lace columns. tied at the waist with an icord bow.same top from the back

 

 

The simple shape and linear lace make room for lots of sweet details, like the waist-tie and picot edges. Let's just take a closer look at a couple of those details, ok? 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

Lovely, right? You could go full strength sweet with this one (as someone who has nicknamed her bedroom "the tweehouse", this was obviously my first impulse). You could also use Tybee to soften the edges of clothes that are a little tougher; balance the flavor a bit. Take a look at the set below to see what I mean. 

 

 

three outfits

 

  

Restalrig has been slowly growing on me since our Spring/Summer issue launched. She wasn't the first garment that caught my eye. She isn't brightly colored or densely patterned. There are no swirly cables or fancy cuff details. The last few times I've looked at her, she kind of swept me off my feet.

 

 

Restalrig- pale grey long sleeve sweater with boat neck and twisted rib shoulder, yoke, and shaping details

 

 

shoulder detailback view

 

 

She is perfect for misty mornings and chilly evenings. You can wear her with leggings or jeans, or over a vintage slip like Courtney Love (in the 90s). Something about the subtle shaping and the shoulder details whispered to me- grown-up grunge. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Restalrig? How about Tybee

Twist Style Friday Double Trouble: Nopales and Interleaf

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

I can't even tell you how many times this week I overheard people saying things like "can you believe it's already July??" Some of us have a lot of work to do before summer is up. Some of us have a lot of relaxing we want to do before summer is up. But the general consensus seems to be that it's going a little too fast! 

 

I'm here to tell you that there is a silver lining to summer chugging along; perfect knitting weather is on the way. We are doubling up on styling garments this week, and if you've been paying attention to Style Friday for a while, you know what that means. 

 

First up is Nopales. A simple shape, dramatic neckline, some pretty lace, and welted cuffs and collar make a lovely cardigan. See? 

 

Nopales, olive green lace cardigan with deep v neck, closed with a brooch in the shape of a bee.

 

 

I really want you to take a closer look at some of those details, because they are really just perfect. 

 

 

detail of welted sleeve and lace pattern

 

 

This week I have a close lady friend in town from Montreal. We have been friends for 12 years, and it's such a joy to be in the same city for a few days! She has a very particular sense of style that is as girly as mine, but also somehow more practical, folksy, and whimsical. Leah can spin, dye fiber, felt, and knit. She also does marquetry and some metalsmithing. She plays several odd string instruments, including the autoharp, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and campbellin, and can call square dances. She is in two bands. She is an extremely multitalented lady, and her favorite clothes often look like they would taste like strawberry-kiwi candy. These three outfits are for her, most especially one on the far right. Yep, I put a bird on it; I put two

 

three outfits

 

 

The other garment we're looking at today is another beaut; Interleaf is a lovely colorblocked tank that uses stripes in clever ways. It reads a little modular and a little Mondrian and totally modern. Look! 

 

 

Interleaf, cream colored tank with alternating grey and blue stripes forming a block in the center front and center back. skinny stripes continue around the sides neckline is square. Interleaf from the back

 

I kept these outfits pretty simple; the stripes on this top deserve to be the stars of the show, I think. If you're going to wear something else punchy with it, I'd go with a texture (like the lace skirt on the left, below) over a print or pattern. I really cannot wait to see the color combinations knitters dream up for this top. I think almost anything could work, but I am most excited about combos that use a neutral and two brights. Make my dreams come true, Twistfans!! Also, in case the intarsia scares you, Sandi wrote a helpful technique article to take the mystery out of it for us all! 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Nopales? How will you wear Interleaf

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Lanai

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

Wow, folks. It's July! Does anyone else feel like summer is pretty much flying? Gosh. We still have a few months of beach babe weather - and thank goodness -  I definitely have not had my fill of lake swimming. I'm the kind of girl that has more than one animal print bathing suit, so I need lots of occasions to wear those amazing objects. One of them has a kind of intense ruffle thing at the top, but I would totally wear my leopard bikini to the beach with this rad sweater on top. 

 

 

Lanai from the front. Sleeveless, orange sweater with a deep v neck in the front and back. Lanai from the back

 

 

Ok, so in addition to being completely adorable, Lanai seems like a really satisfying project to knit. You make the body in one piece, then make the fun short row yoke, and then attach it all together! I think it would be pretty speedy. 

 

Let's take one more look at the yoke details. Just a little lace, nothing fussy, and a great graphic shape. 

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

Let's have a look at some outfits. I couldn't resist some bright colors with this one, the citrusy orange was basically shouting at me for more juicy brights. 

 

four outfits

 

The general theme here was lady-shoes and shiny accessories. How will you wear Lanai

 

Designer Post: Belleville

Headshot of Anne Podlesak, designer of Belleville

 

Today's post comes to us from Anne Podlesak, designer of the lovely Belleville cardigan. This is one of those rare and wonderful garments where the big impact is in the back; and it's really something. This is Anne's first design with Twist Collective and we are thrilled to have it in our pages! You can learn more about Anne and her work - here

 

 

 

Belleville front view 

 

 

The idea for my Belleville sweater design was originally sparked with a conversation I had with a friend recently back from Paris.  She and her husband had taken a week to wander around the streets, drink strong coffee in small café’s and generally soaking up the ambiance of the city.  Their week was punctuated by some not-so-great weather in the form of dreary rain, but the locals kept saying “Oh, you should be here in the spring.  It’s gorgeous.”   So, having never been to Paris myself, I wondered exactly what was so gorgeous about Paris in the spring.

 

 

Eiffel tower in springtimeanother look at the tower with spring blossoms

 

 

I hit up my trusty visual research aid, Pinterest, and found a whole set of eye-catching pictures of the Eiffel Tower and flowering trees in April.  I was captivated by the steel structure of the tower juxtaposed with the pretty ballerina pink flowers.  When I saw the call for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue, the mood board had a gorgeous pink inspiration photo, and that had me sitting down with my charting software to see what might work to combine an eyelet lace pattern and an arch-shaped twisted stitch pattern. 

 

 

cherry blossoms in springtime

 

 

 

Belleville from the back

 

 

While wandering around Pinterest, I also found a gorgeous photo of Audrey Hepburn in a pale pink dress, standing in front of a spray of slightly darker pink flowers similar to those in the Parisian photos.  From there, it was an easy path to sketch a pretty little spring cardigan that I could envision being worn over a lovely sleeveless dress and a pair of pretty pumps.  (Although I think  it would be equally great styled with a pair of slim capris, ballet flats and a simple T – which is also very Audrey Hepburn-esque.)  I chose to keep the front fairly plain with just one column of the eyelet lace, but turn up the volume for the back, which is worked with a large lace panel.  I balanced out the otherwise simple sleeves with the same eyelet lace I used for the front. I added some waist shaping for a bit of  feminine curves, and Belleville was born.

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in front of a blossoming bush

 

 

I love the pale yellow Citrine colorway the sample was worked in, but I have to admit that I’m leaning towards a blush pink version for myself!

 

 

another back view

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