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From Fall to Spring/Summer


We all want to keep up with the trends but, don’t want to go broke every season! Who has the money for that? How can you take your fall clothing and update or mix and match it for spring and summer. We’ll take this look from Kenzo Fall 2011 and add a few items.

Kenzo Fall 2011

For a transition to Spring, we’ll use top and add a few pieces for the change in weather. In the morning it start off cool and take off to unseasonably warn weather so, lets open all  the buttons on the shirt and expose a classic gingham yellow and white bralet. For a nod to the warm weather we are excitedly hoping for, put on a pair of classic linen cuffed shorts. Tuck the plain side of the shirt in to the waistband of the shorts to keep the floral design showing. Add a pop of color on your feet with these orange wedges. You are all set for what ever weather mother nature throws your way.

All Saints Clothing

As it gets warmer and we need to work to a Summer look, let’s keep the leather jacket for an edgy evening out! Let’s keep a neutral palette with light grey knit harem pants and a cream bralet under our jacket. Add these architectural black leather, wood and gold sandals to kick the look up a few notches! Add a layered necklace with feathers and feel like a real rock goddess as you attend the hippest rooftop party overlooking the NYC skyline!

Top Shop Clothing

Invest in trendy accessories and you can stretch some of your fall wardrobe into current seasonal looks. Now run to your closet and pick your favorites! Some great places to shop for accessories and shoes are Zara, All Saints, Top Shop, Forever21, Gap, Banana Republic and flea markets!

Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

More about “giving back” by donating our talents

I’m writing this on Memorial Day, which seems fitting.

I volunteered to sketch patients and give them the sketches at our local VA Hospital about six years ago. It became my way to say thank you to these amazing men and women who fought in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. Very few are from the present Iraq/Afghanistan war, these soldiers generally go to Walter Reed or a hospital in Texas. The hospital volunteer officers were a bit confused that someone would offer to do this and initially positioned me in the main lobby at a small table. It felt very awkward, but after doing my first sketch there was always a long line of people waiting to be drawn and I was fine.

I no longer sketch in the lobby. This materialized into me as a volunteer teaching art in their Out Patient Community Room. Art can be very therapeutic and healing. Some of my students have taken art very seriously and work on their own and at home and are now exhibiting and selling work in a Brooklyn gallery.

I do still sketch patients, but this I now do with a group of illustrators I’ve organized from the Society of Illustrators who sketch with me. A few of these talented volunteers are fellow teachers here at FIT. We go into the hospital wards a few times a year and are considered entertainment. We get to know these veterans briefly as they talk to us while we sketch them, and then we give them the sketches we’ve done. They hang them by their beds or usually send them home to family members. It makes us feel very grateful for what we have, and thankful that we can say thank you in some way, for everything they have done for all of us.

Joan Chiverton teaches SXD 635: Quick Sketching for the Pet-Product Business and SXG 140: Storyboard Techniques Studio for Costume Design.

Colors & Patterns


Design inspirations for knits can be found everywhere. A beautiful flower, architecture, motifs on woven fabrics, carpet designs and more. The possibilities are endless at this stage of the design process. Find you theme, then the fun begins.

The yarn selections today are numerous from cottons, to silks, to bamboo.The color choices of yarns are more than adequate to accommodate your design ideas. If you have already purchased your yarn for your project, wrap lengths of the  yarns around cardboard and take them along  with you on your inspiration journey. You will not need to duplicate the colors exactly, and you will find a lot of colors that will compliment your yarn colors.  Deciding on your color story is as close as your nearest Botanical Gardens where you can take lots of pictures , and a visit to the paint store for color chips that may also compliment the colors of yarn in your yarn choice. Don’t forget  the fabric store. Many  woven fabrics and trims posses just the right color combination’s within the fabric. Cut a small square of your fabric, to place alongside of your photos, yarns, color chips, trims to get the full effect of the color, pattern and texture you may decide to use.

Perhaps you will use a stripe combination or a fair-isle (jacquard) design, lace, or a knit and purl textural stitch combination, if you have not already thought about where you will place all of your wonderful  collected inspiration elements or how you will lay it out in  your project. Now is the time to decide what will best suit your colors, etc.  A sweater, shawl, scarf, or perhaps a beautiful throw for your bed or sofa. The decision on project type should be compatible with the type of stitch pattern, color pattern, lace pattern  that you choose to enable you to produce a desirable overall knit fabric.

Development is a necessary part of designing and every novice or seasoned knitter should spend time making several or many swatches to see how the colors, patterns and stitches will look  together before beginning the project. With color, yarn, style, and stitch decisions made.


Arnetta Kenney teaches SXW 200: Knitting for Pleasure and SXW 201: Knitting for Novices.