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Archive for March, 2008

Green Eyed Envy

I must say I’m feeling a bit envious of our readers from south of the equator. I know you all are in the throes of summer. Enjoying the warmth of the sun, wearing cute little outfits…and no coats!

While here in the Midwest, we are having our typical unpredictable weather. Last week, Sunday was 70 degrees. Then on Tuesday, we had 6 inches of snow! Ahhh!!! Then some major flooding after that. So, just when I’m ready to dance out in my flip flops, I have to throw on a heavy winter coat, and then find the rain gear. I’m so tired of black, brown, and heavy! I want light and airy! I know we are getting close.

To get through this crazy weather and add a little bit of excitement to my black and brown, I went to my stash (see photo of one miniscule part of said stash). We all have one, whether we admit it or not. Mine just happens to be very large. Should I admit that? Well, anyway, I picked out a couple of really pretty, bright pieces of fabric.

I cut the fabrics into 10″ x 72″ scarves. Next, roll-hem the edges with a contrast thread, loop the finished scarf around your neck and you will look fabulous!

Part of the “look” is in the “looping” this season, not just wrapping the scarf. So, you heard me, loop it around your neck. Fold the scarf in half, toss around your neck, holding the loop in your left hand and the ends in your right hand. Now, tuck the ends through the loop in your left hand. Oh, you are sooo very chic.

Now, I think I can make it to spring and my flip flops.

So, as I long for warmer days, I will not be as envious of those south of the equator. For that matter, you all can get a head start on making fabulous scarves for your cold days ahead! Or, make one in a sheer silk and let it dance in the soft summer breezes.

Burrr…for now and take care,

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Blog Candy Winner: Melissa Fehr

Melissa Fehr of London, England (“I actually live on a massive boat in the middle of the Thames by Tower Bridge (yep, THAT
bridge!)” is the winner of the free McCall’s pattern of her choosing. She answered our quickie quiz: What blockbuster movies featured SKIF’s knitwear? The answer is Matrix!

A few notes on Melissa…

“I’ve been sewing for a couple years now but I’ve been doing lots more since we moved onto the boat and I have my own little sewing room. I’m just finishing up an 11 piece Fall/Winter collection, and I made a silk blouse out of some looooovely charmeuse that I just need to photograph and put up on my site!”

Melissa’s site keeps up with her sewing projects–even a cleverly cute dress out of an Ikea shower curtain!–check it out at

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Blog Candy!

Quick quiz: SKIF designed and created sweaters especially for a series of blockbuster Hollywood movies. Be the FIRST to email me the correct answer, and I’ll send you a FREE McCall’s pattern!

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Project: Design!

I wanted to share a cool event coming up, and if you’ll be in the St. Louis area, we’d love to see you there! On March 25, DIYStyle will be live and in person taping and interviewing up and coming fashion designers as part of St. Louis Fashion Week. The event will be held at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Presented by Bella Vida Spa, Project: Design! is an outlet for independent designers that need exposure and a chance to sell their creations. Watch an exhibition and fashion show featuring six of St. Louis’ hottest clothing designers: Squasht by Lesley Timpe, Paul Gibson, AFV by Ashley Dayley and Felicia Pease, Suzanne Lay, and Kayoss Designs by Amy Johnson.

So round up your friends, and come out for a night on the town, supporting these young designers at the same time. Plus, meet the hosts of the DIYStyle vodcasts, Allyce King and Melissa Watson. Our segment will air on DIYStyle this season. Click here for ticket information.


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Bright, big, and bold

I’ve been working on a ton of projects for school lately, and just finished up a presentation about trends in fashion for my Product Development class. My research (and my need for daily inspiration) had me spending a lot of time at and These are such great places to find ideas and get updated on what’s hot (and not) in fashion. I can definitely report that bright, big, and bold flowers will be everywhere this spring. Abstract, hand-painted prints on dresses and tops are huge, and here’s a great example of the flowery painted effect at Dolce&Gabanna. Bright colors in general will be hot this spring and carry through to the fall. Sheer garments are also a popular theme.

I played up these candy colors, abstract painted designs, and bright, bold daisy shapes for my trend board presentation. It was created with the little girls’ market as the target customer. I called the line “Pop Art Princess.”

More soon, gotta get back to the research.

XOXO, Allyce

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New vodcast up

It’s hard for me to believe, but these late nights going over scripts with Allyce, editing video with Matt, and finalizing web details with Marcy tell me it’s all too real: DIYStyle is officially “up” for another season!

Since we introduced DIYStyle vodcasts last fall, we’ve gotten great support from design-it-yourselfers, sewers, and crafty gals from all over the world. We extend huge thanks to our sponsors, who believe in our vision to energize and inspire people who love to create.

Your input and collaboration have paid off … we’re back. We’ll be bringing you 12 new episodes of DIYStyle. Tomorrow, episode 8 will be up. And we hope you’ve had a chance to watch episode 7 (click here if you haven’t). Check back EVERY Tuesday to see a new episode of the vodcast, or you can subscribe through iTunes, or get the RSS Feed to alert you when a new episode has dropped. Talk about being pumped. Check out our new slate of easy but creative projects you can customize to suit your style, project pdfs you can keep on file for the moment inspiration strikes, behind-the-scenes chats with awesome designers and visionaries, cool shops and places to visit across the US… And verrrrry soon, our forums will be up and running.

As always, we love to hear what you think. Drop me a line anytime!


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