Brace yourself with lace! Valentino’s F/W 2011 Collection displayed smokey hues of lace mixed with chunky knits, which our friends at WhoWhatWear and I thought needed to be DIY’ed ASAP. Loose yourself in a lovely-cozy-cool- creation that’s perfect for the cold weather and any winter wonderland.
To create: sketch and cut out a pattern onto plain paper, which will be used to block out the center area of the sweater. Remember to get creative with the shape of your pattern. The pattern should be placed approximately 2-3 inches below the neckline and approximately 5 inches from the bottom of the sweater. Cover the center portion surface of your sweater with the lace, pin the pattern over top the lace. Follow the pattern, and trim lace. Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of fabric glue on the sweater where you want the lace to adhere. Pat the lace down on the sweater and wait till completely dry to trim any excess lace.
Woman in a Faux-home Setting
The photographer’s backdrop and the chair give this photo the feeling of a photo taken in someone’s parlor at home. Yet there’s that obvious feeling that is not taken at home. There’s a worn velvet chair and lace curtains as a background. Yet this woman strangely decides not use the chair as a prop and stands as close to it without touching it with her hand. Her stance and expression is as stiff as the stays in her dress’ top.
Like many of the women featured on this site this lady wears a conservative dress yet this one shows off more of a womanly figure than some others. She is covered in head to toe in cloth. Her sleeves, waist, bust line, shoulders and collar is all velvet. The velvet highlights her curves and zones which wouldn’t be covered up today. Also the aforementioned stays and buttons bring the viewer’s attention to the waist. The simple print is unremarkable as is her hair tied back plainly with small and feathered bangs. A horn charm hangs from a chain kept at her neck.
The photographer George W. Thomas ran the Thomas studio on the corner of Madison and Clark from 1892 through 1896. This is deep in the Loop across the street from the Chase Tower. I was unable to easily find a lot of information of Mr. Thomas. Maybe he was an itinerant photographer just passing through for a few years or maybe he stayed in Chicago and changed his profession. This picture like the recent and upcoming photos come from Minnie’s first year or two in Chicago and this could have been a picture of one of the first non-familiar people she met.