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Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes

Apr 23, 2020

I know I'm not the only one who makes snap judgments about my clothes. Especially when I first try a garment on that's not my usual cut or silhouette or style. That's what happened with one of the dresses I knit for this self made wardrobe project.

It was a one piece hand knit, A-line, very colorful mini dress that was...

Apr 14, 2020

Like with food, a really good high quality fabric is going to give you incredible results even if your skill level isn't that of master chef or a master couturier. However, you can also make not so good materials work, it just requires a lot more finesse or experiences.

This robe is one that I get compliments on every...

Apr 8, 2020

I'm pretty sure if I had had all of the time in the world, I wouldn't have come up with this dress solution. There's something about a deadline that clarifies exactly what the parameters of the project are, and forces you to meet those requirements.

That forces you to meet those requirements, but doesn't allow you to...

Apr 7, 2020

Time seems like a very bizarre concept right now.

It has that funny quality of not really being solid anymore and not being something that we can agree on the unit of measuring time by and I'm thinking a lot about time that could be called wasted time.

I'm thinking in particular of one long white, plain white skirt that...

Apr 6, 2020

"Oh, I don't have patience for that." I can't tell you how many times I've been told that while knitting or sewing.

But the trick is, you don't knit or sew because you have patience. You have patience because you knit or sew. It's a way of practicing and acquiring something that you don't already have. It's a way of...