Oscar de la Renta - Fall 2009 RTW
I love the exotic print paired with plaid and tweed - what a great fall look:
Nanette Lepore - Fall 2009 RTW
I especially like these Tory Burch skirts - very wearable:
I don't own any animal prints. I tend to buy primarily solid pieces because I get more mileage out of them: I can wear a navy pencil skirt once a week, whereas a bright floral skirt is more easily remembered (ever since high school, I've rotated standout pieces or complete outfits on a two-week basis. I figure people will forget what I wore two weeks ago. In reality, I could probably wear the same dress every other day and no one would notice... But after 15+ years abiding by this "rule", I'm stuck in my ways).
I'm lucky to live close enough to New York that I can take the train there as a special trip every few months. At Paron's earlier this month, during my second trip to the Garment District, I spontaneously threw an abstract animal/jungle print onto my pile of woolens and tweeds. I had previously made Butterick 5316, a cap-sleeved sheath dress with pleats at the waist, but was dissatisfied with the navy pinstriped fabric I had used: the fun pleats cried out for an equally sassy print.
I am thrilled with the way this is shaping up!:
I failed miserably at sleeve easing when I made the first dress in June, but using the pin method (about 20 pins for 8 or so inches of fabric), the sleeves turned out much, much better this time. There are a few little puckers, but nothing like the first one:
I've completed the bodice shell so far. Hoping to finish this in the next few days. Stay tuned!