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How To Use It: Playing Dress Up

By Twistie

We love to craft. We love to make things with our hands. We love to show off our work.

Then again, the last thing we want is to look like we’re auditioning to play Ma Ingalls in a low-rent touring company of Little House on the Prairie. We prefer to exhibit a sense of style, a little elan in our homes and our wardrobes.

To that end, I’m going to show you a few classic, well-cut clothes and suggest some hand-crafted embellishments to go with them.

For instance, this silk cashmere knitted turtleneck dress from the Spiegel catalog is a stunner in its own right. It’s a versatile style that can go from the office to an evening of dining and theater without missing a beat. You could wear it to a wedding or on a romantic getaway. It’s also a breeze to accessorize with handmade jewelry, a painted silk scarf, or a jaunty hat of your own devising.

Then again, you might want something you can embellish more directly. In that case, I’d like to direct your attention to this pretty silk camisole. Whether you show it off or keep it as your little secret, you can do a lot to make it unique. You could do some pretty ribbon embroidery on it, or you could try a bit of blackwork, or even some delicate bead work.

Then there’s this pretty tiered sundress. It’s perfect for hanging at a pool party… especially with those cute embellished flip flops Zaftig Wendy’s good friend Linda made.

When you’re good with your hands, it’s easy to make something good even better.

2 Responses to “How To Use It: Playing Dress Up”

  1. ZaftigWendy Says:

    That good friend Linda also has a really great book called Crochet Adorned with lots of tasteful ideas about embellishing clothes that we will really wear. It’s really good!

    I’ll include the Ravelry link to the book:

    Linda is, needless to say, a crochet genius. Also, many of her ideas would work with tatting or other types of needle/shuttle/bobbin crafts!

  2. Twistie Says:

    Thanks for the link, Wendy! I’ll have to check that one out.

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