I knew this piece would be constructed from merino wool,
but sometimes I get my hands on these really amazing fabrics
and can't decide how I want to work them.
The challenge of editing a look is the most difficult aspect of design for me.
I'm always asking myself, "Is this too much? Is it not enough?"
I originally made a sweater and a skirt, but wasn't
happy with the way the skirt executed and it
didn't really seem to inhabit the spirit of the girl I was inspired by,
so I thought, Wouldn't a sweater dress be even more fabulous?
And that's how this dress came to be.
I included pictures of the original look so you could see the progression.
--A Collection by Kristina J.--
She's known as the Holly--the self-assured athlete...
calm, cool and collected under pressure.
The girl who makes a simple pony-tail look glamorous.
She possesses the uncanny ability to slip
into something simple and completely inhabit it.
The dress adds nothing to the girl.
She is already so clearly defined...so comfortable in her own skin.
You always know where you stand with her.
She doesn't waste time trying to make everyone happy,
instead she embraces the joy of being who she is.
She's not easily intimidated and because of that,
you're free to be yourself with her--
free to be broken or exhilarated or talented.
She's the big sister you always wanted.
When it comes to being a friend,
she's determined and relentless...
as blunt and real as she is empathetic.
She cares deeply and loves generously.
When you most need comfort she'll fold you in warmth and acceptance.
She's as soft as the merino jersey from which she was made.
She's understands that this life, this day,
is not the last inning...it's not the final lap or the last goal.
It's all a journey...the end of one chapter begging the beginning of another.
With her, it's not about being at rest, it's about freedom of movement.
My tutorial for this flower embellishment here.
Photos courtesy of LookNook
The Holly dress--
with her, things are easy and effortless.
She pulls it all together, but the end result is never overworked.