Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two exhibits at FIT


It has been a while since I had been to the museum at FIT. I just finished a couple of project and it is time to get cracking on some new ones. So before I staple myself to the sewing machine I went out into the beautiful weather to feed my soul at FIT.

The upstairs exhibit space was showing Black Fashion Designers. It wasn't enough of a unifying concept for an exhibit, but it was an opportunity to see lots of really great garments. This Patrick Kelly dress opened the exhibit.
using the shape of tribal wear but in non traditional fabrics
Forgive me, I assumed that all of the documentation about who the designers are would be on the website. That isn't the case, I am sorry that I do not have attributions.
Awesome ombre dyed cape made out of macramed silk cording
Worn by black models in the 1970's and still chic today.
I love this deconstructed coat.
Disco era dress with mirrored discs.


Some garment played either with actual African textiles or the idea of those textiles
The face done in fringe! Amazing!

I would wear the 1973 red wrap top Scott Barrie dress in a heart beat.





This white draped and gathered dress was made by Epperson of Project Runway fame


I then made my way to the Paris Refashioned exhibit. It felt like I was going through a chic-er version of my mother's closet. So many of the garments were deeply familiar to me.My mother and her cohorts wore knock offs of these garments, though I suspect that some of my mother's friends may have worn the originals.

These two dresses began the exhibit. I remember my mother wearing a dress similar to the black one. The black and white is from the late 1950's but could have been worn as a chic dress every year since it was made. you can't see it in the photo but it is a highly textured mohair.

My mother owned (and I inherited) a charcoal grey knock off version of the white Balenciaga coat.My mother owned coats similar to the purple mohair, and I saw lots of these coats on grownups.



I remember dresses like these from my early childhood.
The gold brocade dress came with a matching swing coat. The little black shift anticipates the waistless look of the 1960's Don't you just love the jewels at the hip?

I lightened this image so you could see the great draping on the black dress. That means that you can't see the TDF embroidery on the gold and white dress as well as you might. Both these dresses were way more chic than I saw in my childhood.





I love how the exhibit designers put the dresses with the subtle cut outs together.

I remember chic young women wearing knock of versions of both the printed coat and the coat and dress outfit. Patch pockets! Dyed to match buttons!.

A back view of the printed coat  and a back view of an Easter egg colored coat.

These dresses are from the early 1960's. You could have worn the black dresses until the mid 1970's. my mother wore versions of the red Miss Dior printed silk dress until the end of her life.



two coats of fabulousness.

The red pleated outfit is from 1963. The skirted outfits are what I wore all through high school.

All three are wearable today, not necessarily by me, but by a cute young someone

I would wear either of these dresses right now.

The red dress is wearable today, minus the head schmatta.




I saw women wearing versions of these dresses at bar-mitzvahs and weddings into the mid 1970's

This Pierre Cardin is wonderful. It was way racier than anything people in the circles i hung out in wore.

Again, clothing from the early 1960's that became the uniform from women into the mid 1970's

Just one small section of dresses looked locked into ther time line.
So cute!







ending and beginning

Sunday, I tied the tzitzit for Charlie's tallit with his family. Most of the families I work with are lovely and have a nice relationship with one another. 

His family just takes nice up a notch or two.
For me there is something so gratifying to see family working together tying their tzitzit. At the beginning they are all very focused at the unfamiliar task. But soon , as they relax into the task and their hands get used to the work they start to banter and joke with one another.
They were all happy with the work I had done. Tying the tzitzit also give them time to get to see the work I have done up close.

Charlie's mother had clearly done her time making friendship bracelets. She was fast.

As always, we ended with Charlie saying all of the intentional prayers before putting on his tallit, said the blessing and sh'hechiyanu.



The next day I helped another familym tie tzitzit on a tallit that I didn't make but consulted on.



Now that the lace galloon has been washed for Gavi's tallit  it is time to start construction.  The silk georgette has been cut to size and I
also wanted to cut out some of the lace motifs for applique on the tallit.there has been lots of careful stitch nipping going on. 

Now I have a nice pile of lace motifs to play with.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Finishing Charlie's tallit and Tag team Cooking

Charlie's tallit is finally completed.
please excuse the wrinkles, I promise that the tallit will be well pressed when Charlie and his family come to pick it up.
I adore the pinot. 

I love that despite the fact that there are so many textures and techniques used in this tallit, the tallit has a calm feel to it.

And now onto the cooking.

I had an appointment this morning. My son got the chicken going (honey mustard, because we have a young dinner guest this evening). 


My son trusted me with the task of chicken removal., but before he went out for his bike ride he discussed the flavoring for the pilaf ( the chicken juice from last week's curry and date chicken) with me,
and how I should make the kale. He also weighed in on my sister's chicken flavor question( Pomegranate molasses works well with black pepper and mustard and less well with za'atar.)

My son left me to make dessert,an orange almond cake.  I dried orange peel in my oven's down draft.





The cake is pretty but broken. In case you get the same baking feeds on your Facebook page that I do, sprinkling your greased pan with ground nuts does aid in releasing the cake from the pan. I will probably hide the cracks by decorating the cake with strawberries.

Shabbat Shalom!