Working in the world of knitwear design means that your calendar is more than a little screwy. Deadlines and lead times require you to be mentally “out of season” pretty much all the time. I’ve modeled heavy alpaca sweaters in July, knit angora in August and sketched summery tanks in September. Perhaps the craziest part is photographing catalogs and pattern booklets for spring in the middle of New England autumn which is COLD! You’ve got to think warm thoughts!
This was pretty easy for the first photoshoot of our spring collection. For Booklet #282 Latitude, we set up shop at a seaside hotel in Galilee, Rhode Island. Brisk October air was indeed whipping around us, but a steady diet of fried clam cakes and great nautical scenery made it feel like we were enjoying a particularly late summer vacation. Have a look:
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As I mentioned in the last post, we have a really good time flipping garments upside down. People are often reluctant to believe that it can work. As one reader commented, “I just don’t see how that could work, with a shaped, anatomically correct (when right-side-up) sleeve cap. I’m all for versatility, but…”
She makes a good point, but see for yourself, Linear totally works upside down! This is the first variation, which I think looks a little grandpa-ish but in the best possible way. The exposed seams on the collar are neatly sewn and they sort of echo the dramatic ribbing, a variation of a cartridge rib. Norah added slipped stitches to up the dimensionality–it almost looks carved:
Margery saw yet another way of styling the flipped Linear. I like that the wide band of ribbing sort of looks like an obi belt.
From the front the sleeves morph from a semi-fitted set-in silhouette to a cool hybrid of transversal raglan and relaxed drop shoulder . From behind you can see that there is a little extra fabric, but nothing too terrible. And hey, if you’re worried about it you can just slowly back out of every room! I think the front is so stunning no one will mind =)
Kathy has added a couple of pictures from the try-on trunk show to the Webs blog (scroll way down) and she promises video footage soon. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it!