I designed and knit this Cowich-style vest for a private reading during my junior year and have gotten quite a bit of wear out of it since. At first I wasn't sure about how it would fit in my wardrobe, but it's ended up being a really good layer, particularly at the fashion school where it can get cold while we're doing patternwork downstairs. And, despite my newbie mistake of doing a double-decrease for the waist shaping instead of two single decreases (which creates a weird ridgey thing that has calmed down a lot in wearing!), I do think that it's also a great example of how larger-gauge knits can still be flattering. That large-scale motif at the waist serves the same visual purpose as a belt, but without the bulk, and emphasizes my smallest point. Hooray!
It's also great over dresses, which I hadn't even thought about until recently. The dress itself isn't perfect - the lining fabric was intended for a much smaller-busted woman than I - but it has been another good layer that I wear with sweaters a lot. I like the look of the drapier/bulkier top with the super short skirt; it's a fun way to play with proportion, and a really good reason to wear kickass boots!
I've been mostly wearing t-shirts and big sweaters lately, but this morning I knew I had to wear tights to class in case I had to fit my sloper, which is a basic fit pattern that we're making for ourselves so that we can make our own clothes. It was also freezing, so I wore my long boots. I think I posted about it before, but I got the heel tips replaced on these boots about a month ago and have been wearing them at least once a week since then - a pretty great use of twenty bucks, if you ask me.
Vest: Hand-knit by me
Dress: Free People Fall 2011
Boots: J Shoes