A Domestic Manifest

I make things, then I write about them.

WAF2016 #4: Carrowkeel

Sometimes, you just need a plain black sweater. This was not part of my original plans for the Wardrobe Architect this fall, but after Catherine knit up a sample for the shop in the gloriously cuddly Arranmore yarn from The Fibre Company, the wheels began to turn. As much as I love a good cardigan, there’s something so easy about a pullover. You don’t have to worry about matching what.. Read More

WAF2016 #3: Rosehips

Remember last month when I was all “no rly the next post will be sewing-relating I promise lol.” Hah. Not so much. I DO still have a sewn thing to show you, honestly I do, but it needs photographing and ironing and all sorts of things and usually I’d rather just wear the damn thing, so… yeah. Slacking. But the knitting mojo has been incredibly strong lately. So strong, in fact,.. Read More

WAF2016 #2: Librarian in the Stacks

I’m a little bit out of order here, as I have a sewn (gasp!) project that was finished first that I also need to show you, but I’ve been wearing it so much it’s kind of constantly in the wash, and also needs to be ironed. So heck with that, and SWEATER! This is Jenny At The Fair, by Mary Jane Mucklestone, from Ysolda’s book The Rhinebeck Sweater. See, there’s.. Read More

FOs: ‘Scold

I recently went through my knitted accessories and did a serious cull — Wardrobe Architect Style. I pulled a bunch of things I don’t wear because a) the color just isn’t me, b) the item doesn’t function the way I want it to, and c) it didn’t fit right. As a result, there is a largish bag of things I’ve knitted sitting next to me right now that I intend.. Read More

FOs: Swept from the Sea

I do have quite a backlog to catch you up on, and most things aren’t even part of the Wardrobe Architect! Though granted, if accessories were part of my plan for that project, these two would be included based on color alone. Item the first: The Beaufort Hat, a quick and easy little pattern I fell rather in love with after seeing Jessica’s finished version on Instagram. The yarn is.. Read More

WAF2016 #1: The Diver’s Wife

Oh, long sojourn of no-blog. The bonus of which is that I have all sorts of things to show you! But I’m going to start slow and steady and spread them all out over a little bit, so first up… New Wardrobe Architect! The Spring/Summer installation turned out, I must say, very well. The only thing finished from that batch that flopped was the Sara Lace Cardi, only because the.. Read More

WAS2016 Project #6: Butterick 5639 Dress

There are days in the summertime in New York (and I am certain other places as well) that it’s so hot and humid that you want to wear the absolute bare minimum of fabric that modesty dictates you must. This dress is meant for days like that. A crazy rayon challis I found on the remnant rack at P&S Fabrics (RIP, my first fabric store in the city), this material.. Read More

WAS2016 Project #5: The Iris Shorts

Continuing on the pants-type theme I’ve got going, I made some shorts! These are Colette’s Iris Shorts (pattern is out of print but still available as a download) from Cotton + Steel’s amazing Les Fleurs collection, a collaboration with the Rifle Paper Co. The pattern was a piece o’ cake. I even went crazy and added single-welt pockets to the back because MOAR POCKETS ALWAYS. I flat-felled all the seams.. Read More

WAS2016 Project #4: Sara Lace Cardigan

A few months ago, we got to host the lovely Anzula Luxury Fibers Trunk Show at the shop. We all predictably drooled over the yarn, but Pia and I drooled in particular over one of the sample sweaters that came along with the show, the Sara Lace Cardigan. We both took temporary leave of our senses (I blame all the cashmere) and bought enough yarn to make the sweater. Pia.. Read More

New Pattern! Flamingo Tracks Socks

Remember when we went to Bolivia? Well, we saw a lot of flamingos. And in the mud surrounding the various flamenco-inhabited lagunas, lots of flamingo tracks. Guys, I cannot describe accurately how goofy these birds are. They look like the fluffy bulk of their bodies is going to just snap their spindly little legs at any moment. They have this odd, choreographed pattern of which birds get to put their heads down to.. Read More