Well, I’m sorry to report that this week’s special anticipated Weekend Links guest blogger had an exceptionally busy week of school and ballet, so we’ve decided to postpone her visit for a week or two when she has more time to prepare. So you’ve got me instead, as usual.
Have I ever shown you where I work every day? Here it is, sun streaming in almost every morning with a view of the rooftops of Madrid. Not bad, right?
I’ve had a busy week, too, working on the spring patterns. I’ve been mentally struggling through some design challenges for a new Liesl + Co. pattern, but it wasn’t until this week that I finally gave it my full attention and solved the perceived dilemma. It’s turning out even better than I had hoped, so I’m excited to continue working on it. Do you ever have those projects, too? You’re not quite sure how to resolve the challenges they present, and you maybe even set them aside for a while because you’re not ready to deal with them. Procrastination can be useful, but I know I always feel so much better once I’ve struggled with the issue; the creative process can be exhausting! But so rewarding.
What are your feelings about wide-legged trousers? I’ve always thought they look so elegant.
These images by photographer Andrea Torres really appeal to me. They have a sort of old-world portraiture feeling, which I loved combined with the fashion aspect, and the smeared metallic paint gives them more an abstract element.
Such lovely fabric manipulations! The smocking on this capelet is really quite spectacular, isn’t it? And what a stunning sleeve!
The pressure to set up the Christmas tree at our house is strong! S is really excited for Christmas. We’re having a bunch of friends over on Wednesday night for an American Thanksgiving party, which most of them have never experienced. Should we set up the Christmas tree as well? I’m thinking it would be more fun for S if we wait until after Thanksgiving. Spread out the holidays a little bit. We’ll bake a few more cookies in the meantime.
- Given how much I love the books Worn Stories and Women in Clothes, I’m really excited about this call for submissions for the upcoming Wearing Memories exhibit at FIT. I might even have something of my own to contribute.
- Heavenly Bodies will certainly be a show worth traveling to New York to see!
- The American Folk Art Museum also has a very interesting-looking exhibit of wartime quilts made by soldiers from their uniforms, and I love the name: War and Pieced.
- I just had a lovely conversation with an author friend about her writing discipline, and I was reminded of it when I read this article about the creative process and Groundhog Day.
- Noa Raviv is certainly a designer to keep your eye on and to be inspired by, maybe even in your own sewing.
- I don’t think I’ll ever be much of a fan of overalls on adults, but these maternity outfits (most of which aren’t maternity clothes at all) are really cute.
- The new edition of Anni Albers’ book, On Weaving, is at the top of my Christmas list this year. (Actually, it might be the only thing on my list now that I think about it.) I’d love to see her show at the Guggenheim Bilbao, too!
- Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner? If so, you might like this Thanksgiving-in-a-day piece from the New York Times. I’m going to follow their turkey and stuffing recipes this year. And maybe this apple pie recipe, too, since we’re cooking for a crowd.
- Oh, and one more exhibition, to round things out. Veiled Meanings looks like it’s full of spectacular textiles and silhouettes. Don’t you just love fashion and all its history?
I’m off now to catch the train to Seville to teach a workshop at Telaria tomorrow! Have a great weekend, and come back next week because we have some extra-special treats for you! (Really, you won’t want to miss this.)