Black : White : Blue

Elastic. Fantastic. In. Blue. Black. White. Fold Over. Plush.
Elastic fantastic

Double. Cotton. Plus. Ponte.



Gradient Plantain

Gradient Plantain

I needed a palate cleanser after a(nother) failed attempt at pants.

I needed SOMETHING to feel good in after days and days of warm, boring clothes.



Gradient Plantain

But YAY for quick shirts.

Even if I now know for sure that I cut the pattern too small. I suspected so (this is actually my 3rd tee from this pattern).

C’est la vie.

Gradient Plantain

I like the way each section is different.

I like how well it looks with these almost black jeans.

And I even like these hazy pics of me wearing it.

Gradient Plantain

Pattern :: Deer & Doe Plantain

Fabric :: Ombre Rayon from Metro Textiles

More Making with Black & White

This is not even remotely on time for the sew-along BUT I’m posting it anyway.
More Making with Black & White

More Making with Black & White

Top :: Cake Patterns Hummingbird (Green)
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy

It’s possible that this fabric was completely the wrong choice for this top. I say possible, because it may have worked out differently if I cut it smaller. I like my knit tops pretty fitted, but I was being conservative because I was terrified of wasting any fabric from my small Mood stash.

More Making with Black & White

Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with it! I was super comfy today and, of course, I love stripes and I love, love black and white!

More Making with Black & White

Now, I just need the matching skirt!!

More Making with Black & White

I already have a few plain denim skirts so I was planning on the fancier of the two Hummingbird offerings…in denim. 😀

PUNK: Chaos to Couture – A Handmaker’s Factory Review

“Tears, safety pins, rips all over the gaff, third rate tramp thing, that was purely really, lack of money. The arse of your pants falls out, you just use safety pins”
-Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols

This quote sums up the origins of the punk era, taken from one at its center, Johnny Rotten. I copied it from one of the walls in the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in New York City. It was located towards the end of the rather large collection. Copying it was difficult because the area it was located in was dark, crowded and full of flashing light thrown off of the massive video display on a nearby wall. I felt compelled to copy it because it allowed me to identify the feeling of “something’s just off…” that I was afflicted with while taking everything in.

Let me explain myself. Directly beneath this Johnny Rotten quote reads:

“More than any other aspect of the punk ethos of do-it-yourself, the practice of destroy or deconstruction has had the greatest and most enduring impact on fashion.”

It continues on for a bit. Espousing all of the ways that punk style, method, material and attitude has influenced many of the designer featured in the exhibit. What the composer of this spiel apparently misses, which I saw clearly with reading these things one after the other, is the huge irony of the entire exhibit. Mr. Rotten’s quote tells you directly, punks wore their clothes that way because they had no choice! This style/lifestyle grew organically. It grew out of necessity. And it became cool (and political) because those who rocked the style were so awesome, so talented, so in your face their lack of money and torn, pinned clothing only made them better, more interesting, more desirable. So, a ritzy museum like the MET, which calls one of the toniest neighborhoods in NYC home, offering an exhibit on the fashion of the poor, downtrodden and disenfranchised is really quite amazing.

Title Wall Gallery/Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

When you walk into the chamber that punk claimed you are met with a massive, jarring video display that is Right. In. Your. Face. It’s followed with a reproduction of the filthy bathroom at CBGB and continues with the actual clothes made/worn/sold by punks and punk Godmother Vivienne Westwood and her god-children the Sex Pistols. The moody dark atmosphere of it all the sets bar at a height that the remainder of the exhibit fails to meet.

Facsimile of CBGB bathroom, New York, 1975/Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

430 King’s Road Period Room/Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

D.I.Y.: Hardware/Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The above chamber does feature some vintage punk couture. However, from here on, many of the items featured are “punk inspired” designer clothes. Designer clothes that cost into the thousands of dollars. That is not punk. A neatly trimmed grocery store shopping bag paired with silk shantung pants does not make quite the same statement as safety pinning the ripped crotch of your pants together because you can’t afford to buy new ones. In my humble opinion. Strategically slashed designer jeans are not DIY. The do-it-yourself label cannot be applied to mass produced goods. Can it? Attaching two lengths of elastic to some black netting, and charging a fortune for it, is not a continuation of the punk era.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some absolutely stunning things in this collection. Particularly some additions by Alexander McQueen and this set of dresses made with hand painted fabric.

D.I.Y.: Graffiti & Agitprop/Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

But, unless Dolce and Gabanna painted and then wore these gowns themselves, can they really be DIY?

After you take in all of the color and slash and ironically contrary text spread around the place, you’re dumped out into a gift shop. A gift shop. Could they have ended on a less punk note? There is not one piece of free memorabilia for this collection. Well, if there was I surely did not see it. What you are given is the opportunity to spend $46 on a book about it. Or to buy a postcard with Sid Vicious scowling on it. Or a studded platform shoe key chain….

This photo, where I’m reflected in a sign pointing me toward the exhibit, is all I have to remember the experience by.

To visit Punk: Chaos to Couture online, click here.

This review originally appeared on Handmaker’s Factory.
Thanks to Nichola for making the arrangement for me!

Saturday in the Subway

What a great day!! My clan and I went to the Transit Museum today. We had a blast looking at old trains, old ads and being filmed for a new one. There was a crew filming material for the Barclay’s Stadium opening soon in Brooklyn. They asked if we would mind being filmed a bit and (after asking what it would be used for) we agreed. That’s when the man noticed what hubby was wearing.

Brooklyn tee shirt AND Brooklyn Nets hat!

We LOVE our city!
Brooklyn Nets!!

I loved looking at the ads in the train. An astonishing number of them were for booze.
BOOZE :: Chateau Martin Wines

Smoking was apparently not frowned upon.

Lord & Taylor

And neither was gun use.

EDIT: Check out this comment from Lady Katzagiving us the scoop on the NRA sign-

Thanks for sharing!!

I particularly loved this one featuring WyNona Blackman.
Miss Subways

Isn’t she gorgeous?!? We even attended the same college!

This blue featured prominently on many of the older trains. This was my favorite of the day.

And this is the best picture of me taken today.

Hubby snap of me

I’m blurry, but happy! Click for more pics.

After we saw all that there was to see, we went to grub on some food. Three out of four kids fell asleep on the bus ride home, that’s always a sign of a good day. I made it even better later when we whipped up some double chocolate goodness while watching a movie.

A cake party is always the perfect way to end any day!

How was your Saturday?




Brooklyn Bridges

Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan Bridge as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Stroll

The kiddies and I took a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday.

Aren’t the views gorgeous?!?!

The last pic was taken with my iPhone. Look at the difference in the pics.

I think it might be time to save for a better camera.

If I shifted around I could capture a partial view of the building where I grew up.

I’ve spent all of my life living here, but I still get excited about walking on this bridge and sharing other places I love with my children.

I love my city!