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Twist Style Friday: Brightwood (times two!)

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.


 

 

Happy Friday everyone!! Spring has sprung, there are fiddleheads at the market, I got a new (to me) bicycle, and the world is my sunny oyster. People, it's popsicle season. Rejoice. 

 

It's also the time of year when the sun dipping behind a cloud, or crossing onto the sunny side of the street can make a serious difference to the temperature, so layering is becoming increasingly important. Also useful are long sleeved (or long-ish sleeved) tops that are a little lacy. You feel covered up and cozy, but still get a little airflow. 

 

Brightwood, in both of it's glorious forms, is just the thing. 

 

Brightwood PulloverBrightwood cardigan back

 

 

 

Cardigan front

 

I love the vertical lines, the combination of cables and simple lace, the bright springy colors, and the deep necklines. Whether you choose the cardigan or the pullover, Brightwood is a dreamy addition to a spring wardrobe. 

 

Let's talk a little more about the cardigan. I know you could make it in any color that you like, but this acid green is really a favorite of mine. It plays really well with other colors, so pick some bright shoes, ok? 

 

 

three outfits with brightwood as a cardigan

 

 

The two outfits on the edges are kind of like city beachwear, and the one in the middle I'm calling superhero-formal. 

 

 

side view of pullover

 

 

The pullover is super versatile. It wouldn't look out of place with your most casual bottoms. But something about it made me want to style it with a little more elegance. I think it's the combination of the length of the top and the vertical lines created by the lace and cables; it creates such a lovely long silhouette. Wear something striking near your face (sparkly earrings! a statement necklace!) and heels to exaggerate that long line all the way from head to toe. 

 

 

three outfits with Brightwood as a pullover

 

How will you wear Brightwood?

 

Twist Style Friday: Ivyle

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.


 

 

Happy Friday, fashion fans. As you read this, I am probably reading silly stories out loud to my friend Jenn as we drive from Toronto to Montreal for a weekend jam-packed with wonderful friends. I just packed my weekend bag, which is a skill I have really honed over the last several years. Thanks, long distance dating! 

 

This week's featured sweater, Ivyle,  is the kind of thing I would pack for just about any trip. 

 

pale blue scoop neck sweater with lace above empire line, 3/4 sleeve, on model in front of floral background

 

 

I would wear it over a summer dress on a cool night, with a cotton skirt or comfy pants to drink coffee by a misty lake at a cottage, or out for dinner with something a little dressy. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

I love the square-ish neckline, the sleeve length, the split hem, and the simple, echoing lace. 

 

three outfits with skirts

 

 

I think all three of these looks are a little sweet, a little edgy, and a little sexy. The shoes really make all the difference. 

 

 

two more

 

 

I also know that not everyone eschews pants quite like I do, and some of you may wish to wear your lovely top with  bifurcated garment. I respect your choice. Especially if you accessorize with anything inspired by giraffes, because giraffes are wondeful and bizarre. 

 

How will you wear Ivyle

Designer Post: Aphelion

Kim Haesemeyer

Today's post is from Kim Haesemeyer, who designed this lovely top from our Spring/Summer issue. It's her first design published with us, and we're thrilled to have it. Read all about it below, and visit Kim's blog, here

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am thrilled beyond all measure to present to you my first design in Twist Collective, Aphelion

 

Aphelion modeled, detail of patterned yoke

 

It is a quick little raglan tee worked from the top down with an eyelet bib pattern that can be worn front or back. The second side has the pattern only along to raglan lines. 

 

opposite side of reversible top

 

The yarn is a crisp blend from FibraNatura called Good Earth Solids in Dive. This yarn is aran weight, 53% cotton and 47% linen, so the whole sweater knits up super quick. Once I started working with the yarn in the actual garment (instead of just the swatch), I did have to go down a needle size to keep gauge. The fabric has absolutely lovely drape and hangs beautifully. It is also much easier to work with that other cotton/linen blends I have knit with in the past. I did add waist shaping and a turned hem for even more weight at the bottom. 

 

full view of Aphelion, modeled

 

One particularly fetching characteritics of top down raglans is the ability to easily change sleeve lengths. For this sweater, I immediately went straight to the ribbing, but in no time at all instead add a short or 3/4 length sleeve for an even more versatile spring and summer sweater depending on how breezy your climate is.  The pattern is $7, has 7 different finished bust sizes from 29 1/2 to 54", and is available from Twist Collective.

Twist Style Friday: Facet

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.


 

 

It's Friday! And it's sunny out! My apartment hunting project is going pretty well, but until I actually move in to my new place, I am still sleeping in the spare rooms and on the couches of my most generous friends. The folks I'm staying with this week are the cutest little family; one of my oldest friends, Alysse, her muppety husband (don't worry, that's a compliment), and an 11 month old named Arthur Ellis whose cheeks basically require their own area code. If you're an avid and longtime Style Friday reader, you may remember him from this post. He is bigger now, and he definitely grew out of the little preemie sweaters I made him when he was freshly baked. 

 

Speaking of sweaters, let's take a gander at this week's feature. Facet is a pretty hip length top with bracelet sleeves and a unique cutout yoke! It's a great way to build a little air conditioning into your outfit. Wear sunscreen though, okay? 

 

Facet from the frontFacet from the back

 

 

This top could be super dramatic in a dark, rich color, and versatile and casual in a bright or neutral. Let's take a closer look at that yoke. 

 

 

cutout yoke detail

 

 

Me, I would do what I almost always do with sweater patterns, which is crop it at the waist and wear it over dresses with full skirts, or as a crop top with high waisted pencil skirts. That's my jam these days. I do, however, think the length is quite fetching, and makes it a versatile piece. Here are some more ideas: 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Facet

 

Quinn Bag Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. Our winner Morgan Daily has a lovely story about her great-grandmother.

"I never met my great-gram, Aino Johnson.  She was, I understand, beloved by her family, kind and gentle and thrifty. As a young woman she left her native Finland never to see her own family again and settled in northern Minnesota.  Her love of all things wool (she was a knitter and weaver and ordered big boxes of wool for herself and her neighbors) skipped two generations and landed on me, a fact impressed upon me since I was young.  She is in my thoughts constantly as I knit and spin.  Indeed, we have met, in spirit."

Morgan will receive a Quinn bag in the color of her choosing from Jordana Paige.

With so many great entries, we had a hard time picking 5 winners for a pattern of their choosing, so we choose 5 at random.

Congratulations to:

Clara Austin

"My JROTC instructor saw past my upbringing in a poor, minority, single-parent household and directed me towards my future in the US Air Force. I went on to the Air Force Academy, and she commissioned me as a second lieutenant in 2001. I am forever grateful for the potential she saw in me, and her unwavering commitment to help me succeed. She earned the nickname "Major Mom" early on in our relationship, and even now, 20 years after we first met, that is how I think of her. I am still so blessed to have her in my life."

Dru

"I met Helena when I was 12 years old, and very unsure of myself. Helena became a little sister to me and I her guardian. The more I saw myself in Helena the more I saw the person I wanted to become. She was a perfect mirror of the parts of myself that I was proud of. As I focused on what I wanted her to become I found new positives things about myself to love and peruse. Wanting to be there for her, helped me through rough times in my own, I wanted her to have a strong woman in her life, who had no fears, so that she could grow with no fear. Helena will be turning 17 this summer, and she still drives me to be the best person I can."

Sage Goode

"I am fortunate to have had a very inspiring mother. She's gone now, but her love and positive energy still in spires me to this day. From the creative (sewing a suitcase full of dolls clothes as a Christmas present) to the outrageously tenacious )surviving lymphatic cancer several times) my mother had a powerful capacity for finding and creating beauty.

Our home was always filled with those who needed a warm meal or a place to sleep - this during times when food was often in short supply in our house. My mother taught us all to love and care for others. She taught us to be mindful of the world around us and to open our hearts with generosity.

I am so grateful for my mother. I love her and miss her every day. And I also feel her close to me - whispering in my ear and guiding me through my own parenting, my own health issues, the challenges and joy of life."

Cynthia Evans

"As a child, I was surrounded by hard-working women whose lives were knit together by their very proximity. My mother focused on the good she saw in each person encouraging me to garden with Clara, play the guitar with Lillian, play the piano with Marva, love knitting with Luella, serve others like LaVee, cook for a crowd with my grandmother, Leah. My mother’s influence has made me doubly blessed because I have reaped life time benefits from the shared talents of these women and I am more likely to look for the good in all those who surround me."

Jennifer Court

"My grandmother was not the sort of woman who got down on the floor and played in the dirt with her only grandchild. As a child, I spent a week with her every summer, and I always knew that those were not going to be a hopscotch-and-dolls sort of weeks. They were, however, the best of all weeks. We worked in the garden because it needed to be done, then had orange juice with a single strawberry floating in the glass. We went to formal high tea at a hotel nearby because she wanted me to know how to behave in formal situations, and she taught me how to make polite conversation. We went to the local nursing home with her dog because there were people we could help just by visiting, and being able to help meant having a duty to help.

My grandmother died nearly 20 years ago, and to this day I still measure my behavior against the very fine example she set for me. And I still like a strawberry in my orange juice"

And a special thank you to Jordana Paige for her generous gift. We hope you'll take some time to read these inspiring stories and view Jordana's beautiful bags.

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