Archive for the ‘Styling guide’ category

Double Duty Gabrielle

December 9, 2014

Gabrielle is one of those styles that knits up so quickly and fits so well, that I enjoyed knitting it in both the sleeveless vest version and the jacket version.

The Gabrielle Jacket  was SO flattering when I tried it on, I just had to work out a new Styling Guide for it. So not only is it a flattering garment, it is a wildly versatile one as well.

See for yourself:


This gorgeous jacket knits up so quickly in Cascade Pacific Chunky on size 10US needles, you’ll want to make both versions for yourself as well.

Double Duty Knits: Zelda

November 25, 2014

For our next installment of Double Duty Knits here on the blog, I am happy to present the Zelda pullover!

The 40’s silhouette is shapely and girly; great to wear for casual or dressy occasions.


Double Duty Knits

November 19, 2014

Even though my business is fashion, I can tend to get a little stuck when it comes to my own wardrobe.

I’ll buy or make something new, make an outfit with it that I love, then forget about all the other ways that piece could be worn.

So I’ve created a new feature for the White Lies Designs newsletter called “Double Duty Knits” in which I style the same sweater at least two ways for two entirely different occasions. It has not only proved popular with our readers, but it helps me personally to open my mind to the multiple possibilities a well-designed garment offers.

Below, one of our first Double Duty styling guides, Shelley’s Lace Cardigan. Click on the photo for a larger view.


Styling Guide: Shana for Fall

October 30, 2012

Wearing a knitted skirt can be not only flattering, but so comfortable too.

The softness and drape of a knit skirt looks great on most figures, and the warmth is always welcome when temperatures drop.

When planning a skirt, do not forget to choose a springy yarn like Cascade 220 to guard against a baggy booty.

In cooler weather, I also like to wear opaque support hose under my knitted skirts for a smooth line from hips to toe. They eliminate lumps and bumps and make me feel more secure and well…supported, as if I’m not jiggling like jello under my knit skirt.

Shana is a perfect example of how great looking a knitted skirt can be. The trumpet shape visually balances out larger hips and the pretty lace detailing adds interest to a flat stockinette knit. I also love the sophisticated pairing of Old Rose and Black.

Styling Guide- Burlesque Beauty

July 19, 2012

I love that Burlesque has re-emerged in popularity (thanks Dita!) and have put together a Styling Guide to celebrate it’s return. Knit up our sexy Trish Corselette and Madeline wrap, then accessorize with items from around the web. (The huge ostrich feather fan is so awesome!!)

The Retro Suit- Bringing Back Elegance

May 3, 2012

In my mom’s day, if you knitted (which practically everyone did) then somewhere along the way you’d knit yourself a suit.

At the time you might have done that on very tiny needles and it likely would have taken the better part of six months to complete.
However, when finished you’d have a beautiful addition to your wardrobe and if you were careful with storing it you’d probably keep it for many, many years as she did and proudly show it off to anyone interested. I found it amazing that anyone could have the patience to do such an involved and seemingly endless project.

Since I am so enamored of vintage fashions, I decided to give a nod to the days when knitters proudly wore their suits to any and every fancy or dressed up occasion. In these times when it is becoming increasingly popular to go out in public like this, it is a joy to see a woman taking enough pride in her appearance and talent to create and accessorize a beautiful outfit like the Retro Suit.
If you’re a real vintage afficionado, there is no better place than Ebay for a selection of vintage accessories, many of them quite affordable (the 40’s hat in my Styling Guide below went for a mere $24.99).

Clarissa Styling Guide

December 14, 2011

It’s been a while since we posted a new styling guide and today Clarissa is the lucky girl.

My dad was a Navy man in WW2, so I have a soft spot for sailor pants on both guys and gals. If a blue jean can be elegant then these certainly are, especially when paired with the lovely Clarissa cardigan and a gaggle of beautiful accessories.

I must point out the Italian millefiori ceramic mosaic brooch worn at the neck of Clarissa; a vintage find on EBay. It’s amazing to find lovely folk art such as this for under $20.

Boho Chic-Madeline

April 25, 2010

Everyone knows that I love the 40’s as one of the most inspirational fashion eras, but there is another time that is also near and dear to my heart.

The 70’s had it’s moments for me and I love many of the hippy/folk/boho fashions seen during that time. Think Janis Joplin, Cher,  David Bowie and Jim Morrison.

This outfit featuring my Madeline Shawl Jacket underscores the flowy, handmade charm of that time while simultaneously referencing the romantic elegance of today.

WLD Styling Guide: Julianne from the Top

March 10, 2010

Spring is starting to break through the clouds here in Sacramento, California and for once I am feeling ready for it.

The warm-up makes me want to start putting away the winter things in favor of something fresh and cool, but there’s still a chill during mornings and evenings.

Our Julianne top is the perfect piece for this time of year; all those good looks knit into a fitted, short sleeve sweater. On goes a linen jacket for chillier moments, off it comes when the sun is out. A great dressy-casual look for Spring, Summer and beyond.

WLD Styling Guide: Breaking It Up with Julianne

February 21, 2010

Suits are an under-ultilized concept in my book. 

I have two suits and I can count on one hand the times I’ve worn them with their matching pieces.  However, I wear them as seperates VERY often. The jackets go over jeans and the pants are worn with sweaters and other tops.

Julianne is no different; there’s a lot of mileage in those two little pieces.  Get over the  preciousness of  the two matching knit garments and look at each  as if none other existed.