The Battle Begins…

…in my long and arduous war with winter. Yes, I know it’s technically still fall, but with temperatures remaining stubbornly in the 30’s today, it sure doesn’t feel like it anymore. Plus I’ve heard Bostonians referring to this season as “winter” for about a week now, so I think I’m allowed. From now on, my only wardrobe goal is warmth. I don’t even care if it’s cute anymore – anything to keep my ears from feeling like they’re about to freeze off!

With that in mind, I bring you today’s look:

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Top: handmade “Renfrew” from Sewaholic, Blazer: Ann Taylor, Pants: LOFT, Boots: Clark’s

Not my most exciting outfit, but it does meet my current criterion! The top is a thick cotton that stays nice and warm, the blazer is 100% wool, and I’m wearing long underwear under those pants. The blazer is one of my favorite winter wardrobe items – it’s made from a fine knit, so it actually serves as both a sweater and a business-y jacket. Win!

Let the battle begin!

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Flannel to the Rescue!

It just keeps getting colder here in Boston!! So this week, instead of sewing more knit-fabric garments, I finally came to terms with the dropping temperature and decided to sew a flannel skirt. I made another Chardon Skirt with one of the beautiful cotton flannels that recently found its way onto the shelves of Grey’s Fabric and Notions. I have to confess, as much fun as I’ve been having sewing with knits, it was a nice change to sew with a heftier, more stable fabric that doesn’t change shape on you every few seconds!

The finished product is nice and warm, and was also super quick! I didn’t line this one, so it only took me one cutting session and two sewing sessions to complete (to compare, my first Chardon took me almost a month!). Oh, and did I mention it has *pockets*? Here it is in today’s outfit:

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Top: Banana Republic, Jacket: Anthropologie, Skirt: handmade “Chardon Skirt” by Deer and Doe, Leggings: Banana Republic, Boots: Clark’s

And without the jacket, so you can see the pleating and belt loops:

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And lastly, at only $10 a yard, this skirt cost me under $30 – compare with this similar skirt from a high-end retailer that’s over $100. I’ll take that!

Winter is Coming!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little Game of Thrones reference, since today’s post is about preparing for the cold. One thing I realized when I moved to Boston was that I really needed to find a proper scarf! Since I’m a knitter, though, I felt guilty just buying one when I could make it, which inspired my latest knitting creations – two cowl-neck “scarves”. I chose cowl necks because they will keep my neck and chest warm without adding extra bulk under a jacket or coat. Also, my mom got me the patterns as a gift, so I had to try them out! Here they are:

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Pattern: Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos, Yarn: “Homespun” by Lion Brand (color is “Edwardian”), Buttons: from Bead + Fiber, my local yarn and bead shop

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Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer, Yarn: merino wool from Dirty Water Dye Works, a local yarn maker, also purchased at Bead + Fiber

I love both of them, and usually end up wearing one of them pretty much every day. In fact, yesterday was warm enough that I just wore the cowl without a coat!

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I know that colder days are coming, but I think I’m ready!