Thursday, 20 September 2012

The return of the tie


 


 I've been wearing this 2 (out of 3) piece ensemble a lot lately, it is one of the most successful knit projects in between mother and I, to my mind. Husband's now teasing me with a German sounding nick name he thinks appropriate for a bad ass governess.

The outfit certainly seems to create some bewilderment amongst children and teens. While the time of governesses has long gone and I am too old to play the pupil, I am hoping there is still room in the collegiate frame of mind for alternative options. 
Such as that of wearing an outfit one likes, without trying to be anything. Even if it happens to include a tie.




 





















15 comments:

  1. Brilliant look, so Marlene! x

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  2. You look very smart and elegant!

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  3. You look awesome. Thre are so many knit skirts in my knittign books and leaflets from the 1940s taht I can't wear because I'm too fat, but on you it looks just perfect.

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    1. This is one serious reason why I like knits so much: they round up my bones nicely :)

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  4. oh i've never managed to wear a tie well, you do it perfectly! the knit set is fab too.

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    1. I don't have a clue about tying a tie... manage only the simplest knot if I watch and replay about 20 times a video tutorial...every time !!! So I'm cheating and taking my ties to work for my colleague to tie them for me :)

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  5. I absolutely love this look! You are so gorgeous and it suits you so well!

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  6. I just adore this! I've been trying to work up the courage to try wearing a tie for ages now, but so far I haven't been able to bring myself to do it. If I knew I'd look even a fraction as cute and stylish as you do here though, I think I'd find the moxie in a hurry! :)

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It's weird isn't that something which used to be a perfectly normal, run of the mill, accepted look - has become something one has to find the courage to wear nowadays. We need courage to wear a tie which may be frowned upon on the street, whereas questionable modern outfits are tolerated remarkably well. What is acceptable fashion wise varies all the time of course - but I can't help thinking how much more sophisticated people dressed a few decades ago and sadly fail to see the progress in a modern fashion that tends overall towards reaching iron age once again.
      I am sure Jessica that you would look lovely wearing a tie should you feel so inclined.

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  7. This looks fantastic!!!! Sorry I've been away for so long! Lots of catching up to do!!

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  8. Great to have you back! It's been lonely over here :)

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  9. great
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    follow?

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  10. Oh my goodness seriously beautiful outfit! You are totally darling.

    xo,
    Em

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  11. Oh, which pattern did you use? not that I'd ever find the time to knit a suit.

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  12. Hi Lisa,

    No particular pattern was used. My mother traced a general pattern for the skirt that we keep using, based on my measurements and how I wanted it, and after a couple of trials and errors (it is still not perfect but it works). As for the jacket, again it was based on measurements, specific requirements and visual examples i.e. sketches/photos of 1930's examples. It is actually a 3 piece suit, also shown here: http://acatamongthepigeons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/missing-blouse.html. You will see an example of the type of images used for inspiration.
    My mother is the knitter and she is completely self taught, without actually knowing fancy stitches and none of the lingo. So I never buy any patterns since even if I was able to translate them to Romanian she would still not be able to follow them. All the more extraordinary that she can make me this stuff given the circumstances.

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