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I have decided to resign myself to being hopelessly fusty and old-fashioned in a lot of ways. I read Faulkner at the beach, not Dan Brown; I plait my hair into a Dutch coronet to keep it out of my way when wakeboarding; I really do think television will be the death of us all.

Clothes? It's depressing, really - I dislike showy cleavage, flip-flops, very bright colors, sloppiness, things cheaply made and cheaply worn, and at the same time despise ostentation in any form. The fact that camisoles are no longer underwear is mystifying to me, and I hate that dark jeans and heels are considered fine for going out. It's not an issue of personal taste - it's that I find all those things vulgar. Shades of your grandmother, eh? Find me another 23-year-old who uses the words common and indecent. It's sort of pathetic.

I don't care. I do love the clothes of the 40's and 50's, carefully made and worn with grace. You'll notice that I am conveniently skipping by issues of gender roles and socioeconomic status and trapped domesticity associated with nipped waists and exaggerated silhouettes - I'm just saying, on an aesthetic level, clean, decorous, ladylike clothes are very appealing to me. I'll take sharp, unmussed lines over crazy hemlines and "distressed" finishes and messy adorning frippery (there's another one - does anyone even say "frippery" but me?) any day.

Anyway, now that I've alienated everyone, here's what I've been working on, lately, in spare moments:

The blue is going to be a lacy pullover with short sleeves and a light shawl collar; the pink a cool cotton boatneck with elbow-length sleeves, nipped in at the waist with a few rows of cables.

The lace pullover is in Phildar Crochet Cotton on 3.25mm needles, knit flat and seamed - garments of allover lace beg for seams, I think, for stability - and the ribbed boatneck is of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine, on 2.75mm needles. I'm knitting the body circularly, and think I might knit the set-in sleeves in the round with it for a one-piece seamless sweater - I've never seen the Meg Swanson article that describes the technique, but I'm pretty sure I know how it's done. Both are shorter than I usually plan for sweaters, and both show the true waist - sweet, summery, vaguely vintage-y sweaters to aid in my silent crusade against cheek-revealing ruffled miniskirts and pajama bottoms and spaghetti straps.

Edit: In all this, I mean for myself. Obviously.

Re: the Norwegian Jacket - thanks for all the tips on handling the shoulder join. I need to think on it - I might end up re-knitting the sleeve to align the major elements at the same vertical point, as per the excellent advice so many of you offered (it's only a half-inch difference or so now, but it's awful to my eye). In response to another common point - I like the oatmeal. A lot. I think the disconnect here is that people are expecting to see your standard Norwegian sweater, in jacket form - with a band of pattern at hem and cuff and neckline, or maybe a lice pattern up to the ribcage, or patterning only on the yoke. The color pattern and historical garment were only a jumping-off point; now, I think it's a jacket that happens to be knitted. The very plain bottom is different and fresh and much needed, I think. It might be bad design - I can hear people saying it visually cuts in two, that it will emphasize the thickest part of the waist, that it's unflattering - but I like the way it looks on me.

Re: everything else - thanks for being patient, you guys, though updates have been sporadic and I'm ridiculously behind on promised columns and I haven't commented on anyone else's blog for ages. Things are crazy, yes, but they're exciting, too, and I can't wait to get into more detail about 'em.

Comments

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am so sick-and-tired of the currently publish mainstream magazine patterns that I could choke! So glad they are also found to be dismal by someone in her 20's!

Alienated? Not really. Shocked that you're 23? A little bit.

Nothing wrong with being so busy with life that the blog comes second (or third, or fourth)! Had a feeling you were working away on a number of intriguing projects.

I, also, have an 'oh dear, how very common' script that plays in my head, most usually when I'm forced to walk through a shopping mall.

Of no help is my new love, the painter Frida Kahlo, in her deliberately old-fashioned regional costumes. I'm currently pondering if full skirts with fabulous pockets (large enough for a sock-in-progress, of course!) could make a purse obsolete.

I am of the same opinion, although I have a decade on you. (DAMN, it sounds OLD that way.) Anyway, I was lamenting in the comments of Anna Bell of the Gorgeous Designs that if I want to wear attractive clothing that flatters, I'll have to make it myself. (I'm okay with cleavage, though - it's those dreaded bra straps that kill me.) I love the styles you wear, but gravitate toward more flowy designs - linen palazzo pants (with a drawstring, yes I know, I'm lazy) and long flowing skirts with the subtlest of interesting details. I'm sorry, but there's nothing interesting enough about work or grocery shopping that would require a sequined and beaded t-shirt.
I do however admit to a deep and abiding love of all jeans in deep fall colors. Brown, claret, burnt orange, mallard...swoon... It's an unseemly passion, I know.

Oooh, I love the sketches and the work done so far on both sweaters!!! Keep up the great work!!!

I know that 40 probably seems very old to you, but imagine how common and cheap it is to see women my age shopping in the Junior Department. Frankly, no matter how "slamming" your body is, after a certain age, mini skirts and such are not appropriate. I miss the notion of getting dressed for dinner out. While I do like lacey little camisoles, I think they are best worn under a jacket. A peek of racy, rather than letting it all hang out.

i am swooning over those new designs! you are so talented.

That pink number really looks promising - hurry up knitting...

You could never in a million years alienate when it comes to your sense of style. Rock on!

I'm so glad you show your sketches as well as your works in progress. They are beautiful in their own right, and they are an interesting peek at your thought processes.

The works in progress themselves look great, too, and I can't wait to see more of them. (I also can't wait to hear about the exciting things, but all in due time, right?)

Is that a Circa notebook? I love them! So convenient for taking pages in and out.

Welcome home, we missed you! I love the sweaters in sketch and reality so far and am very excited to see how they turn out.

How funny! I was just thinking the plunging neckline in your argyle vest and the back-baring textured shell were a bit too risque for my tastes. As for vocabulary, I'm constantly using words like immodest, indecent, and crude. Perhaps we can be grandmothers side by side, waving our imaginary canes about and talking about the good old days?

Both the pullover and boatneck are looking lovely! I admire your lace and cablework.

As if you have not already impressed me enough with your helpful tutorials on lace, and your admission of not liking sock knitting so much, you now have my undying devotion for this post. Two words: Grace Kelly. As in, I wish stores would sell classically elegant clothes like hers, and I wish more women would wear them, instead of the camisoles/miniskirts thing. I can't wait to see your finished sweaters. :)

well, i've been saying it since i was uhm (quite little) and i'm 26 now so does that count? i do love a good pair of trousers now and then [and have a weakness for denim], but classics make me happy. your new designs are gorgeous and take your time and plan the jacket how *you* want and what looks best to you -- i have a feeling it will be amazing.

my other pet peeve is how the petite departments are disappearing (see recent NYT article) because "petites just shop in the juniors dept". i've swapped to the kid's section because most of the clothing there is more classic and what i want to wear. [not always, but more often]

[i know a group of people who look down on ALL casual dress, and they wear suits and dresses and dress shoes all the time. fine ok. (i find it sad that the children can't go out and play in the mud, but i digress). i don't agree running around in sweats is a good idea all the time, but sometimes ... what bothers me however is that it seems that they do not invest in the quality that would look nice and they go for semi-current-fashionable and quantity [i.e. i have 500 suits and you?] and very cheap looking.]

I totally agree!!! I'm older than 23, but not by much. I keep waiting for fashion to get out of it's "BUGLY phase".

You did not alienate me. Your opinion on fashion is refreasing.

haha! Does a 24 year old (just turned 24 a week ago) count? I use all those words and feel the same about all those things. :)

Not only have you failed to alienate me, you've drawn me even closer in.
While I sometimes like that new jeans can make it as "decent" clothing, I can't stand that it's supposedly okay to let your bra straps be seen in public. And I totally do NOT understand how sweat pants and Pyjama bottoms became CLOTHES? and that it's fine to wear them out -- to school and other public places.
shudder
I pine for the days of sartorial elegance (though I consistently go out bare legged).

I often wonder if my taste in clothes has a lot to do with the rural nature of my home and the delayed response to the "fashionable", but as I get older I develop my own sense of fashionable. And it seems to be continually change. I love the more feminine styles of 40s and 50s and really wish I could find patterns to knit.

I agree with you, this "fashion" is sooo boring anyway. I stopped buying clothes 2 years ago, I only shop when I really need it (for work). Beeeuuuu, friperie we say here. (I am 34 soon)

Is the pink by any chance inspired by a sweater worn by Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde that was recently featured at go fug yourself? If so, I TOTALLY fell in love with it and thought about experimenting to make it... though the original is more puckered in at the diamonds, somehow...

I love the fashions from the 40s and 50s (and agree, the sociological implications are best left to others). What's wrong with wanting to look classy, elegant, graceful, cool, beautiful, feminine? Grace Kelley. Katherine Hepburn. Coco Chanel . . . swoon. I loved the way they dressed. Oh, and so does my 17-year old niece--so loving them doesn't make you seem old at all. Those fashions are not called "timeless" for nothing!

That's not "fusty and old-fashioned" so much as classy. Also, Faulkner kicks ass (especially Dan Brown's).

I am shocked that you are only 23!!! You look much older.!!!

I'm also 23 and agree w/you. Well I hear 40 is the new 30, so maybe early 20s is the new 60s? What's up with us young folk?

I agree with you on most points about fashion. Though I mostly wear jeans, t-shirts and comfy shoes myself, it bugs me to see people wearing flip-flops at work, or Uggs with sweatpants. I at least look decent and buy good quality footwear. If I had the moneya and worked someplace where it mattered, I'd love to wear fitted suits with cute little shoes. Sadly, I don't think I could pull it off.

I too was little shocked that you're 23. I won't say only 23 (because don't you hate that? I know I do.) I won't even make an allusion to your maturity. Just a tad surprised is all.

I really like the look of the new designs.

I agree with some of your views and can certainly understand your rebellion against throw-away culture, but isn't there a point at which personal taste can become more than that -- a bit judgmental and pretentious? Maybe I'm misunderstanding you when you say this is "not an issue of personal taste," and that you find all these things you dislike vulgar. It sounds like disgust -- not just with some fashion, but with the people who wear it.

Not only that, but "very bright colors"? You wouldn't want to see those on anyone? Are you just talking about the dominant culture in the U.S., or does this extend to, say, India and Mexico?

Now pardon me while I iron my bespoke trousers and handmade blouse and polish my Manolos so I might chase my toddler around the park. Yikes -- I mean, let me put on my bright fuschia T-shirt that always makes me smile, my cotton skirt that is the perfect shade of almost-clashing orange, and my sparkly flip-flops that my son loves to touch.

I believe in clothing for self-expression, for beauty, for practicality, for frivolity, and for fun. God bless the tacky and ostentatious, too. They can make an afternoon at the DMV much more entertaining.

While you may not find a ton of 23-year-olds with your views on fashion, you'll certainly find plenty with the unforgiving opinions and righteousness of the young.

I do love your site, your willingness to put your thoughts out there, and all the education your provide. I certainly hope you're working on a book deal or something equally exciting!

I completely agree. I have another old fashioned term that draws strange comments and looks when I use it in public - "un-becoming". As in (said to my daughters), "You need to stop doing that, it is un-becoming."

I am in my early 40s (it happens quickly), but I am a kindred spirit.

i always love your designs. this one too. i must say i am surprised as well that you are only 23. you must tell me though, what is this that you do with your hair (or how does it look?). "I plait my hair into a Dutch coronet." A picture?

I am also a bit distressed by the way people just seem to bear more and more skin and seem to think that it's not at all immodest or embarassing. Nothing shocking in my opinion to feel that way.

Glad to see you back. I couldn't agree with you more.

Coming out of lurk to say that I totally agree with you about the oatmeal on the jacket. It wouldn't be half so striking if the pattern was all over. And the oatmeal color just ... works.

As for the classic designs - I've found myself lately checking out the old sewing patterns on eBay for 1940s/1950s clothes. Some are so beautiful. Could you use as sewing pattern as a template for knitting?

Just wanted to add that I pretty much disagreed most purposefully when I was 23. I wasn't a classics girl until I was approaching 30. It's taken me much longer to figure out what I really like and what flatters me. I much prefer neutral colors and feminine details now. I honestly wish I'd figured myself out prior to when I did. It would have saved me much time and money culling all of the teal and electric purple from my early adult wardrobe.

The pink boatneck waist has such an interesting construction. I knitted a sweater with something that looked similar but the waist was smocked that you can see here http://opportunityknits.blogspot.com/2006/04/vintagey-smocked-waist-sweater.html

This is a very interesting subject and I am not sure how to respond even though I have a lot of thoughts , since I am not part of the US culture and fashion.
But I would like to make two remarks.

Frida Kahlo did not wear old fashioned garments. She wore typical traditional Mexican folkwear of the different indigenous tribes. This kind of clothing was worn two hundred years ago , was worn by Frida Kahlo until 1953 and is still worn by Mexican women today on special occasions.

The modern Mexican urban woman wears much less colorful dress then the Mexican Tourist office would make us believe. On an everyday basis women wear only very colorful clothing in the service industry in tourist areas.
I am astounded every time I am in the Mexico City subway, how grey, beige and brown and off white the colors are...there is almost no difference between the London or Tokyo colors ........
Even though I don't like strong primary colors either ( just my personal taste ) I feel the world is lacking more and more color.
I don't want to go on and on, because I think that style is very individual....but also believe that jeans and sweat pants and T-shirts have nothing to do with style.....it has to do with whats easy.......something I believe Grace Kelley, Katherine Hepburn or Coco Chanel never looked for.......
I am overjoyed that I am in the company of young but serious knitters, because at 57 I feel too many of my same age knitting sisters hide beneath their clothing.
I feel also that good taste and style are ageless......very individual, but yes......ageless.

In the Spirit of Knitting.....

Angelika
Mexico City

I love you even more now than I already did. "Frippery" is a word that I shall take up into my vocabulary as of right now. This may not be quite impressive (or "odd") when done by someone who's next door to 40.

Hooray! I'm only 21 and I feel exactly the same way. Even my mother calls me too old for my age.

Hmm. First comment here. You've made some beautiful things.

As far as your vocabulary goes, I'm sure you won't find many people in their 20s using similar words. You also won't find many people in their 30s or 40s who even know a word like "frippery" exists.

I also like classic looks. Timeless, one might call them. Historically, there has always been a backlash, a reversion to older times, after a period of very risque fashion. The Victorian era is the perfect example. The high-necked fashions that dominated then were an answer to the very sensual dress of the Regency period. So it is to be expected that we go through a similar change now, after this time of women dressing in the fashion of prostitutes. ~_^

I'm loving these new designs, Eunny! I just can't understand how you can get knitwear done in just days! It takes me a long time to knit a sweater. You are definitely going to need a book if you decide to release all these great knits!!

Obviously, you are not alone in these feelings! I've called a number of things I've seen around the DC area like you "indecent" or "unbecoming."

I DO think that it's one thing to go out casually wearing jeans and heels and a nice top (without the bra strap showing!) and it's another thing to be out at dinner in pj bottoms and crocs (or flip-flops).

I personally worry less when I go out to the grocery store on the weekend wearing jean shorts and sandals anda t-shirt than I do when I go to work during the week.

I DO like color, but I also like simple, feminine lines. I don't like ostentatious patterns. I have a really difficult time finding clothes that fit me properly and meet these requirements.

Enjoyed your thoughts (and all of the comments), as always.

You and I have such similar taste in clothing. Maybe it has something to do with big boobs.

hey there - neat stuff your working on... all I can say is I normally despise blue knit stuff and I am so into this pullover thing you got going on... I am hoping you keep liking it and finish it. Heh. You've obviously been working a lot - you have some really intrigueing things here.

It's insane, I know -- but after reading for months and months, I crawl out from under my lurkrock to say:

I spy Levenger!! I *love* my Circa notebooks. Good stuff. ;)

I have to take a stand and defend the flip flop. I live in my flip flops as much as I can, even when it might be a bit too cold outside for them. Honestly I'd love to be barefoot all of the time, but since that's completely inappropriate and disgusting, the flip flop is the next best thing. (I'm not talking about beach flip flops that you can buy at Walgreens by the way, but the little nicer ones.)

And as far as I can remember (and hopefully I'm remembering corectly), you were 22 not too long ago, so happy birthday!!!

Eunny, I've wondered about this for awhile, but now I know...you're secretly my knitting twin. I lust after pretty much everything you make, and eventually I end up making it myself.

I'm also 23, and sometimes feel like I am expressing opinions more suited to my English grandmother. Did I mention I also live in the DC area?

I agree on the aesthetics of the population at large. I bought and wore my first camisole a few weeks ago and all I found myself constantly pulling my sweater completely over it. *sigh* Underwear is, after all, still underwear.

BTW, if you don't publish a knitting book it will be a shame.

"Find me another 23-year-old who uses the words common and indecent."
Ahem, I am 22... I also use terms such as "vexed", "frock" (instead of dress). You are not alone! My mum calls my colour choices "fusty" and calls me grandma too.

Ah, I am with you, most of the way, although I do love bright colors. I have revealingness and overembellishment. I, by the way, am 24.

The things you are making look beautiful. The fabric alone...lovely.

These are lovely, Eunny! Forget about the Norweigan jacket and knit up those two and sell the patterns to us! I love them and I agree on what you (and everybody who's left a comment) thinks about today's fashion. Though I ahve to say that I like my tight, dark blue jeans that are high in the waist together with high heels and a feminine upper part. Good luck now!

I am 25 and use old fashioned words too. They just seem to hold so much more meaning than "cool"( Although I say that one too) I love classic lines and "pretty" things. Especially a feminine pink. I think its a backlash from when I was a teenager and wore belly baring shirts and shorty shorts. YUCK! What was I thinking?
And by the way, weren't we promised a surprise? Stick a needle in your eye and all that....

It's a nanna resurgence! At 28 I'm already a paid-up member of the nanna club, I'm afraid.

eunny! you beat me to it, channelling Fay Dunaway in Bonnie and Clye - I was totally going to make that pullover!
http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/go_fug_yourself/2006/05/bonnie_and_fug.html

If you need any help at all with the knitted-in circular sleeves thing, e-mail me - I've knitted a couple and have an experienced mother as back-up :)
The sweaters look beautiful!

Love the new knitting! I too am a fusty old grandmother in a younger woman's body. (Not as young as you, though!)

If you wanted to provide options for pattern for the sweater, one could knit the bottom in the darker color (plain) of course.... For those of us with a belly, that might feel more wearable.

I hope to meet you at the Mannings!

40s and 50s? Think earlier, too (maybe through a Hollywood lens)... your pink design reminds me of a Faye Dunaway costume in Bonnie & Clyde (scroll down to the end of the post for the one *good* picture).

... bandana optional, of course.

(Whoops, I missed that earlier comment!)

Gosh you make me feel old--I'm approaching 60 and have been sewing an knitting for more than 40 years. (I really hope 60 is the new 30!) Eunny--your post was refreshing. Something happens to you when you start making your own clothes. You no longer go into stores to select what some designer has thought you ought to wear. You start thinking, what do I want to look like when I'm in the office, on a date, or just hanging out? Then you start to think about what looks good on you, and you can't go back to commercial clothes. There is nothing I find more satifying than wearing something I know I made with great care and beauty, and that fits perfectly. And clothes I made in the 70s and 80s were influenced by the 30s and 40s--they still look as good now as they did when I made them.

But I do like to perk things up with colors in the red family (preferably jewel tones) because I think I'm pale.

I get it. I have never understood the 'thrill' of baring one's rear in the name of fashion. Oh, don't get me wrong, I've worn some short skirts in my day, but nothing like the postage stamps I see today...
While I may not entirely share your aesthetic, I do use the vocabulary and agree with a *lot* what you said.

Well, I was another person in her 20s until five months ago--just turned 30, and I have been known, upon seeing a young person walking down the street, to turn to my companion and mutter, "Well, little girl, how much do you cost?"

I think "vulgar" is a fine word for many of the current fashions.

Well, You know what is the worst thing that women can wear??? UGG BOOTS!!! They are sooooooooo uuuuuuuugly. I can't stand them except on 5 year old. Why women want their feet to look like big moose??

23!

You're so accomplished.

Well, I've been known to go around a bit "artsy" and, also, frumpy (that's when the artsy doesn't quite make the grade, doncha know).

But I really hate to see young women with butt cleavage when they bend over. And exposed pelvic bones. And tattoos and/or piercings anywhere on a woman's torso.

Those really set my prim alarm off.

I really like that pink shirt! It has a great shape - classic and so feminine!!!!

The blue one reminds me of a woman's golfing type sweater from the 50's - tailored, refined. Both are beautiful!!!!

Eunny, I've spent many many years despairing over the impossibility of finding clothes that suit my tastes. I hate low rise jeans, belly tops, flip flops except at the beach where they belong, and the overall sloppiness that abounds on the sidewalks and in the malls of America.

On the other hand, for women like us who prefer to dress with a measure of decorum and in a style that is chic and classic, it's easy to stand out in a crowd -- in a good way.

Keep up the excellent knitting work! I'm avidly following your progress on the Norwegian jacket and now the two new pullovers.

You are cooking some lovely stuff, as always. And yes, we are waiting patiently!
:-)

You are cooking some lovely stuff, as always. And yes, we are waiting patiently!
:-)

Eunny, I have two decades on you, but when I was in my 20s we would have been "soul sisters." I too have always disliked trendy / tacky, and I adore the tailored garments of the 40s or the beautiful feminine things that they wore in the 50s. I recently scored some 50s-era vintage knitting patterns and can't wait to make something. They are divine. (There are a few other things in the queue first though.) Also some early-60s ultra-sleek patterns that I adore but might not look so good on me as I'm not a very angular gal.

That's one reason I love your blog so much - your designs are stunning, meticulous, and have a classic sensibility.

The only part that shocks me about your age is how accomplished a knitter you are at such a young age. I've been knitting all my life (since age 8) and although I consider myself a not-bad knitter, I can't hold a candle to you. Just reading your blog has improved my knitting tremendously - I've learned so much here. And I haven't even been reading your blog for very long - only recently discovered that there is this concept called a "knitting blog" which has made me almost giddy. I've been on blogs for a long time, just not knitting ones. Haven't started my own yet though.

You go, girl!

Eunny, I have two decades on you, but when I was in my 20s we would have been "soul sisters." I too have always disliked trendy / tacky, and I adore the tailored garments of the 40s or the beautiful feminine things that they wore in the 50s. I recently scored some 50s-era vintage knitting patterns and can't wait to make something. They are divine. (There are a few other things in the queue first though.) Also some early-60s ultra-sleek patterns that I adore but might not look so good on me as I'm not a very angular gal.

That's one reason I love your blog so much - your designs are stunning, meticulous, and have a classic sensibility.

The only part that shocks me about your age is how accomplished a knitter you are at such a young age. I've been knitting all my life (since age 8) and although I consider myself a not-bad knitter, I can't hold a candle to you. Just reading your blog has improved my knitting tremendously - I've learned so much here. And I haven't even been reading your blog for very long - only recently discovered that there is this concept called a "knitting blog" which has made me almost giddy. I've been on blogs for a long time, just not knitting ones. Haven't started my own yet though.

You go, girl!

Ditto all of your comments about today's fashions! I agree, classic lines and tailored garments always look so chic and classy.

Now about the hair. What exactly do you do to your hair? I want to see a photo :) I need to find something to do with my excessivly long mop and you've totally intrigued me!

i don't think that your views are all that unusual. dan brown sucks. i just slogged through the da vinci code and was bored to death. (although i'm not reading faulkner ever again -- bad flashbacks). your style is exquisite and i love movies set in the 40's and 50's just because of the wardrobe.

so continue to do your thing.

I have no problem with the switch to a plain bottom on your Norwegian Jacket. I think it's a lovely design element. I wouldn't have knitted it in oatmeal, though, without using the oatmeal somewhere else in the jacket. (If you have, I haven't seen it.) It's not exactly an expected grouping with the gold and blue. That's fine, but without echoing it higher in the jacket, it looks like it's hanging out there on its own.

Gurl!!! Glad that you're back! You're such a tease! Can't wait to see your cotton designs. You're knitting them on awfully small needles though. Man, that must take a long time.

But whatever the case, I still love your designs! Still waiting for you to design me a men's cardigan!

wow. you are an inspiration to me. i love pretty, simple clothing, things that cover me decently without being victorian, clothes that fit and show off "what i've got" with elegance and poise. i read your blog and think "now, eunny and i are about the same age (i'm 25). the things she makes are not dated, frouchy, or mediocre. nor are they trendy, scandalous, or in poor taste. they are pretty, sexy, and elegant. therefore, i should be able to make (or find) similar things and be elegant without feeling old."

excellent work. keep up the inspiration.

Egads. 23? I'm shocked! But not alienated by a long shot. The jacket is looking great - I think you're making the right choice about the sleeves. And never, ever feel bad about being the kind of woman who says 'fusty'!

My personal feeling is that the female form is a wondrous thing and ought to be celebrated with clean lines that are congruous with the wearer's shape, meticulous and imaginative detailing (which I love about your design process), and color that makes the spirit sing AND flatters the complexion. I have nothing against skin per se, just the thoughtless and lazy notion that exposing it willy nilly equates to sexiness.

It's also WHO is exposing the skin. If one has rolls and pouches, they should definitely be covered ...all times. I admire their confidence though.

I think I will think twice before wearing my flip flops to our next knit nite... :P

i am completly there! i've got only 10 years on you and i have always felt that flip flops are for the beach - cami's are underwear, and white shoes are only worn between mem day and labor da - and don't get me started on linen! - tailored items are mcuh classier - but the heels with jeans for a night on the town, i can go for - but NOT to see a broadway play people! as for the knitting - everything you make is stunning - dont think i can say it enough! must get more anal with the knitting on my end :) - enjoy your blog always

Re. comment about wearing white.... I disagree. I think it is silly to have those rules. Flip flops yes they only belong to the beach . It you are going to wear them, at least groom your feet night before.

Eunny, it's apparent by now you're not alone in your viewpoint. I was shopping on Wednesday wondering, who buys this S**T. I more often than not come home empty handed. I love your two new designs and hope you have them up on your site for sale real soon, especially the blue one. Maybe we're all kindred spirits from times gone past.

Thanks for sharing your comments. I am with you on a lot of it, especially beach reading and styles of late.
Keep the faith!

You haven't alienated me! Your designs are beautiful, and your posts are always worth the wait.
Aara

Eunny, the only thing I know as I get older (hitting the 4th decade milestone this year) is that dressing for folks is a matter of personal expression. I don't like being judged for how I look and I try not to do it to others. Sometimes it's hard for me to keep my judgements in check when a woman's boobs are clearly out on display for everyone to see!

In my 20's and full career mode I didn't go out of the house without looking perfectly put together. As I get older I find I'm more comfortable in expressing my own tastes and personal style-I have less fear of what others will think. With that confidence comes more of a detached curiositly in seeing how other choose to express themselves in their dress.

Personally, I love your designs and am waiting for you to publish a book!

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie O, timeless style and grace and oh how I wish to emmulate! You are not alone. Your latest creations are going to be gorgeous. Love the waist cables, great idea.

Very interesting post and really got me to thinking. I don't think you are old-fashioned. I think you have the heart of a designer. Based solely on what I've read on your site, I think you enjoy the construction of clothing and have a deep and abiding respect for fabric, colors and design. I see you designing lovely, well-constructed clothing, knitwear or otherwise.

I do remember you saying that you don't like knitting socks, but I can really see you designing some lovely lacy knitted stockings in a cobweb weight yarn with knitted garters. Yes?

Is the pink top based on Faye Dunaway's in Bonnie and Clyde? Both look lovely.

I share a lot of the same clothing prejudices and a love of somewhat archaic language. Of course, imagine how boring it would be if everyone were chic and classy.

Old-fashioned young-uns like you are a sign of hope for 40-somethings like me. I miss that people aren't more formal in their dress *and* behavior. And I use the word "frippery" on a regular basis. :)

You are brilliant. I love your work as well as your use of language. My delight at a new post was tempered by the fact that we're still waiting to hear more as promised over a week ago.

frippery! ha, that word always makes me think of Willy Wonka (orig., natch)...let us not forget about the vulgarity of exposed bra strap and thong. These designs are looking beautiful...if you ever design a fitted, small cabled suit jacket I will surely love you forever.

I have spent a long, very hot day at the zoo. The animals were wonderful, the punters less so! :-) I never again want to witness sports back t-shirts with ordinary bras, bikini tops worn as the only upper body clothing when not at a beach, trousers following a thong up peoples behind, black thongs under white skirts, acres of stretchmarked wobbly white belly and so on ad infinitum. I love your sense of style and the fact that you are 23 is wonderful - hope for the sartorial future :-)

Don't apologize about your fashion sense. I think a lot of fashions today make no sense at all. They reveal too much, leave nothing to the imagination. I love your designs in that they are modest, but sweet and sexy in a mysterious way. Keep doing what you do.

Refreshing, how about adding social graces and deportment to that list. Something sorely missing our present day and age. Politeness has always been stylish.

I applaud your comments on style. It's unfortunate we don't all wear flowing skirts and cute little sweaters all the time. It looks much more attractive on the female body than short short skirts. Being sexy isn't about showing skin!!! Especially not your butt cheeks :) Keep up the beautiful designs! I'm excited to see how these 2 new ones turn out.

The knitting is what I come for, and your writing is great.

I really appreciate not being the only person who is appalled at current fashion choices. Low rise jeans, low cut tops. I just don't feel flattered in them.

But you're also hearing this from a girl who once told some playground tormentors, "If this is your idea of a joke, I think it's a pretty poor specimen!" Oh, how they laughed.

You're not alone. When my husband and I moved onto a farm three years ago, we had the previous owner take the satellite dish with him. We only get two channels on TV (when the wind blows the antenna just so), and that's probably two too many. Though it's nice one of them is PBS.
My mom taped a Hallmark TV special for me a few months ago. You'd probably like it too. It's called "Though None Go With Me," (Cheryl Ladd -former Charlie's Angel- played the grandma!). Anyway, the most refreshing, charming part of the story (good as it is) was the setting in the '50s, during the Korean War. The women were always dressed so modestly and charmingly. And the men respected them. Women and men respected one another in fact. Oh, for those days.
I've got a few years on you (born in the '60s), but you've got a lot in common with more people than you know.
Keep up great design! You've got an audience and customer base! I'll be first in line for the pink; it's gorgeous. Love the lines.

While I adore using words like common, vulgar, and quoting Jane Austen I must admit to watching copious amounts of TV. Furthermore, as someone who has twice within the past month been asking "Is Mommy or Daddy home" (I am your age) I'm afraid the fashions of the 50's and 60's make me look like I am in Mommy and Daddy's clothes.

While most of what you make would not look very good on my small, childish frame (I shop in the junior section not because I want to, but because I have no choice and live in a climate not suited to wool sweaters) I still much enjoy watching you make every beautiful creation, and wish I were more the sophisticated type who could wear them.

Hmmm... it looks like you're making a sweater that I was trying to figure out. I saw a picture on (of all places) Go Fug Yourself that was of Faye Dunaway in a very similar sweater to the pink one you're now making. of course, it's taken me eons to think it through, but maybe I should just wait until you're done and beg and plead for you to make the pattern available?

I don't say "frippery" so much, but I do say "frock" and everyone thinks I'm mad. I like knitting, I like knitting lace and I don't like knitting socks. What's mad about that?

Oh, lighten up, Eunny. I like the loud and tight bright-colored things my girlfriend knits (that show off her assets)... And she looks hot in dark jeans and heels for a night out.

And there are far worse things than TV. Like spending hours and hours blogging, for one!

I couldn't agree with you more. I even felt the same way when I was in my teens and 20s.

De lurking to say that it is a joy to know you. And.... you do not look older than 23!! Just act that way ;)

I love it when I'm not alone in my quest to find clothes that not only *fit* but that are *appropriate*!

I coach a team of synchro swimmers, aged 14-17yrs, and I sometimes despair of the outfits I see them in. The word "scandalous" has been heard leaving my lips... I had to sit them down to spell it out that while the team is away at competition they are not to even *bring* their micro mini skirts, belly tops, jeans (since they're usually scruffy) or camisoles. They don't see any problem with their attire, and think I'm terribly boring when I say things like "representing the Club", "tidy and respectable", "smart casual" and "wear something you'd wear to a meal with your grandmother". That last one sometimes backfires on me when they tell me that their grandmother *bought* them the outfit in question!

Anyway, I had to finally de-lurk to say I'm with you (for what it's worth...) and that I'm glad you're back posting! At least there have been the archives to keep me occupied while you've been busy. I'm looking forward to watching the new sweaters materialize!

Delurking to say thank you for the post and to find such a refreshing opinion on fashion. 'Tis a pity more people don't put thought into their wardrobe and end up with a hodge podge of styles they haphazardly throw together.

Yay! Another Levenger devotee!

I love the pink - the color and the knitting. I'm just wondering how you became such an accomplished knitter at age 23? I want some back-story, do tell!

I love your site! The knitting is always awe-inspiring, the writing is always thought provoking and the techniques are so precise.

While I, myself, am much more of a jeans/t-shirt kind of girl (not much of a girly girl) I can get on board with the spirit of what you are saying about clothing available/seen today.

I work in a very casual office, but while I wear jeans, t-shirt or sweater and sandals/casual shoes to work every day, I am ALWAYS covered up in the areas that one would expect to be covered up. (I'm 35. I have always been this way). I have a co-worker who is 22 and slightly plump who wears clothing that is at least 2 sizes too small, with thong hanging out and cleavage popping out and muffin-top hanging out in between. I don't get it. It's an office, not some club. Casual should not mean sloppy, but it also should not mean "Where is my pole?"

Sorry. Getting off my soapbox. What I mean to say is this: while we (in the broader sense) may have different personal styles and preferences, I believe that we (again in the broader sense) can see that there are things that are inappropriate (my favorite old-person word) in certain contexts and that a person could and should be able to dress to their style choices without going over into the "oh my eyes! my eyes!!" area.

I am amazed at your design
and knitting knowledge at such
a young age. You will do great
things with all of this talent.

And I totally agree with you
on today's fashion, it is so
refreshing to hear from young
people who aren't afraid to be
their own person, and not follow the the crowd. Think for yourself and reach out for individuality. Wouldn't the world be boring if everyone had to look and think the same?

yes. yes. yes. yes. I cannot thank you enough for this. Your sense of style, your good sense is not old-fashioned...it is sensible and lovely and classic!
And thank you again for your treatise on lace! I (just one of many) will remain a loyal reader!
(((hugs)))

Eunny, glad you're back! I have a feeling after reading your post that there's more reason than ever for us to try to meet up somewhere. We're on the same wavelength.

P.S.: Come over and see what I've been up to ...

That pink top looks like it's going to be beautiful, I can't wait to see you finish it!

Alienate? No, I love blogs where their writers really have the courage to say what they think and don't just write to please their readers. I think blogs are really a different medium in that sense. And well, low-cut jeans and flip-flops have their place, maybe on some model on Hawaii, but generally I think people should dress more to the occasion and more to clothes that fit them. Most importantly, in clothes that they like to wear and feel good in. :) And I love what you've done with that originally traditional design and turned into something new.

I find the throw-away attitudes in fashion distressing for social and economic reasons. Trendy clothes are designed to go out of fashion, and be thrown away, and this is such a waste of resources.

If you think it is difficult to dress in a tasteful classic manner in your twenties, look at the clothes that are offered to women in their forties. Egads! I am too young to be dressing like my mother, but too old to dress like a trampy teenager. I have the added confusion of working in a scenic painting studio, so I don't wear an "office"wardrobe, ruin a lot of clothes, and for obvious reasons must wear fairly stout shoes to work.

What's a girl to do?

haha, your post was so funny, I really like your blog and while I don't agree with everything you said, it's an interesting opinion and I have to say that you're totally right on about Dan Brown... By the way, my friend had him in high school for English! But don't bother, his books are too trendy...

I may be one of few, but like the ever-changing world of fashion. I like things that are 'au courant' - I like things that in 20 years may be 'dated'. It's something I enjoy, something that's fun. Someday I may change my perspective... but for now, I'm enjoying being young, free, and seventeen.

Just wanted to add to my comment above - I do dislike clothes that are too revealing...cleavage, stomach, behind, etc... & I definitely did not ask to see so many thongs sticking up above the belt line.

Other fashions of today, however, I do like...:)

Relax, it's only clothes. I am pushing 50 and I love bright colours, they make me feel happy when it's grey and drab outside. I do wear flip-flops in summer, they are comfortable in the heat and let my feet breathe; they spend enough months of the year in boots. As you get older, you will hopefully feel more open to other tastes and looks -- it's not necessarily vulgar, but different. It's all about tolerance.

Three cheers for Eunny. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

I am pleased indeed to find a kindred spirit in you.

While my own ideal runs to shorts, t-shirt, and no shoes, I do appreciate anyone who dresses with care. As for baring one's assets (or deficiencies), I cry "put it away!"

Your sense of self will serve you well. To thine own self be true, whether anyone else "gets it" or not.

It always strikes me that freedom of speech or thought is only granted à propos undisturbing things; why shouldn't Eunny be entitled to find something vulgar and say so ? We are all allowed to disagree with her if we wish to.
Eunny, thanks for your beautiful, inspiring and useful work – your tutorials are great and show you are a much more generous person than some of the people who complained about your opinions.

Hi Eunny. I stumbled upon your blog accidentally while looking for something totally different and I must say that at 23, your knitting is - for lack of more expressive words - superb. I turned 22 last week, and i too wish we could go back in time to the 50's, when clothes were classy and elegant yet simple, especially in view of my many and enduring struggles to find clothes that are both well-fitted and MODEST in today's fashions. I can't tell you how frustrating my search for jeans that actually cover my back-side fully (even when i bend) has been.... In terms of vocabulary, I haven't reached the 'frippery' level yet, but 'frock' is a common word in my speech, and i think necklines don't have to plunge so low for an outfit to be sexy. Rather than alienating you, your views seem to have found you many a kindred spirit, including me. Keep up the good work, your knitting is an inspiration. The Kenyan climate isn't always conducive to woollens, but i think i too should start making my own clothes.... :)

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