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New Threads Tuesday May 25, 2010

New Threads TUESDAY!


This is a dress from Theory, called NONAH, and its lovely architecture recently caught my eye (and followed me home). This sleeveless dress has a unique shape, with unique combinations of materials and textures– the top portion, made from cupro (similar to tencel) & silk, floats over the almost sheer jersey portion, which is made from modal & triacetate. The drape of the bottom portion of the design had me skeptical (jophurs, anyone?) until I tried it on, and it was unbelievably flattering.

It is also has a characteristic that I’ve become intrigued with: Tone-on-Tone coloring. Even though the dress is totally Black, the fabrics it’s made from dye differently and give a subtle variation in color depending on the light source and time of day.

But what about those bare arms — what about the recent brutal air conditioning that’s poor little Chicago’s knee-jerk response to +90 overnights?

Enter CeCe:


Finished this weekend, with some sleeve seaming, button sewing and a nice bath, this little lace cardi was just the rescue my goose-bumped arms needed this weekend at the Oriental Theatre while in the audience of the Billy Elliot matinee. The cotton blend yarn gives just enough warmth without stifling — the lace (and the buttons) add a little temperature control of their own. For even more fun, I love the look of a cardigan draped over the shoulders and this works nicely!

Pattern: Chic Knits CeCe
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Phildar MARJORY

What’s next? I’m dreaming of a stole (or shrug)? Funny to be so enamored by rectangles and not at all interested in triangles…

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8 responses to “New Threads Tuesday May 25, 2010”

  1. Simply stunning! And the cardigan is a perfect add. I’m sure you looked absolutely lovely in this combo.

  2. chantelaine says:

    Really nice… I love it.

  3. Melissa G says:

    Elegant! I too prefer rectangles to deep triangles, but lately I’m seeing lots of shallow triangles which may be the ticket…

  4. Seanna Lea says:

    The cardigan is a great fit with the dress. Very chichi (if that is the appropriate term… I’m completely a dunderhead at fashion).

  5. Rosemary C says:

    It is beautiful. I bought the pattern and I am going to begin right away. My mother always used to say that after a certain age, a woman should not go sleeveless (maybe Michelle O) so as to not show off your “kimono arms” Of course, this was the same Mom who said “if you went to bed with wet hair, you would wake up blind in the morning” Love ya, Mom!!!

  6. kayla says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love the dress, adore CeCe!

  7. Sandra Milton says:

    The cardi and dress were meant for each other……you would have looked fantastically chic!

  8. Christine says:

    Both the dress and cardi look great! I have just bought the pattern for CeCe and am going to get started today – hope I get it finished in time to wear this summer!

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