My favorite quotes from the Wall Street Journal article on Ms. Wintour.
"She didn’t need my authority to do it—she has a remarkable ability to impose her will. If I had had reservations, she probably would have gone ahead anyway."
During a trip to China last fall, she was asked during a press conference whether she was really like that. “It’s true, of course, that I beat all my assistants, lock them in a cupboard and don’t pay them,” she deadpanned.
In 1967, 17-year-old Anna dropped out of school to join London’s wild fashion dance. (17 years old! dropped out of school! now is one of the most powerful business women in the world!)
Grace Mirabella, then Vogue’s editor, asked Wintour what job she would like if she came to the magazine. “Your job,” Wintour is said to have replied without blinking.
Wintour concedes she might have pushed the point there: “I’m not terribly proud of putting the Spice Girls on the cover,” she says
She threw all of Italy into a tizzy last year when it was discovered she would spend only four days in Milan during February’s fashion week. Emergency meetings were called, designers frantically demanded to reschedule their shows and every one scrambled to squeeze 88 runway shows into 70 hours to accommodate her abbreviated stay.
Her own CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which raises millions for young American designers, has become something of a model in Europe. She got the idea in 2001, when the World Trade Center disaster disrupted New York’s fashion week, leaving young designers financially stranded. The fund now has a $10 million endowment, and has launched similar programs in Milan and London.
At a screening of “The Devil Wears Prada,” based on a roman à clef by a former Wintour assistant, she wore Prada (she also wore Prada on the cover shot. perhaps a little wink to the idea?)
cut it too big. luckily, this is better than cutting it too small. when you are thinking of what size tote bag you’d like, be sure you really know how big it is. I measured it too tall at first, and had to cut the fabric in the middle of making my bag, but before I sewed the lining and outer fabric together. don’t be like me, measure twice, cut once.
I didn’t quite sew the lining and outer fabric together very well. I had some trouble with my fabric and the handles, and my handles came out a little crooked where they meed the lining of the bag. This is fixable, just turn your bag inside out again and resew that part.
things I learned:
this was my first attempt at pockets and I think they came out pretty well. I measured a shorter one where I could keep my phone and a longer one for my sunglasses. I placed them across from each other on the inside of the bag, but you can place them wherever you’d like!
I don’t think I have a good picture of it, but on one of the edges, the pattern is lined up PERFECTLY. Score one for me. Unfortch didn’t do as good on all the other edges, but I think it was because I just made the fabric pieces a touch too long to line them all up correctly.
Practice, practice practice. I’m learning and improving on each piece I make, and I think experience will just help things get neater and better.
I can’t wait to hit the beaches with this bag this summer!
First, everyone needs to go to The Diamond bar in Greenpoint and tell owner/bartender/suffleboard partner Dave i said hi. Then go down to Paulie Gee's to eat pizza and tell Paulie Gee the pizza is amazing when he swings by your table.
You know, just if you’re looking for something to do.
I am almost done with project number two, I really want to post it soon so I’ll try to hurry.
I decided my nail situation was desperate. So I made them pink. For springtime because holy hell aren’t we all tired of winter??? (color is OPI chapel of love)
Looks good, yeah? (this was before I ironed it, don’t tell my mom)
To begin, I drew on my (only) sewing experience of making a tote bag with lining. I mostly followed these instructions from the Purl Bee for a tote bag, but added some things of my own. OK, lining. I just added lining. Because it’s pretty.
Now, I made two mistakes and would like to make one improvement.
Mistake 1: Remember how I was worried a messy bobbin would mess me up? Well, it did. DO NOT USE MESSY BOBBINS. Things got caught, string got snipped, and I ended up using an already-made, nice, neat bobbin that mismatched my thread. In this project, you can’t see the thread so it didn’t matter so much. But still.
Mistake 2: I may or may not have sewed the lining in the bag wrong side out. OK, I definitely did. Again, not something you can see (from the outside anyway) but the inside of the bag shows the seams because the lining is wrong side out. HA turns out you can see the thread.
Improvement: I would have liked to line up the pattern on both sides of the bag. Its misaligned on the edges, which isn’t really a mistake but would have been baller skillz if I did it.
So, now that I’ve done this post, I’m thinking maybe about making a new tab on here for project instructions. That way, I can spell them out step by step and you can check it out and come back to it if you are interested, and skip it if you aren’t. I’ll think on it, and, of course, keep you posted.
After studying the manual and getting some thread, there was nothing left except to thread the machine.
So that is exactly what I did. I’m going to start with a tote bag. I found some fabric that immediately made me think of a friend whose birthday is in a few months. Little does she know, her present will be my first project. I think the yellow thread will just go smashingly with the fabric and lining of her tote. Using the manual and some trial and error, I got everything connected the way it should, and got out my scrap of fabric.
And tested out my handiwork. I ended up with this:
It’s here! Sewing machine arrived last night in about a bajillion packing peanuts. It’s gorgeous, of course. Today I’ll be picking up some of the last supplies I need to get going! Look for pics while I’m out and about.
I wore my new jacket and received compliments. OK, one compliment. From my friend at work who I talked up my jacket to. But you know what, I’m stoked about it anyway. (outfit was black skinny pants, black sweater, jacket, nude heels)
According to my sources (aka my parents who are sending it to me) the sewing machine should arrive somewhere around Friday. GET EXCITED.
Until then, I am combining this and this to fit my needs and make some handwarmers of my very own.
I’m really into the idea of handwarmers, and for the record, I thought it was cool before Brittany on Glee, who definitely stole my idea.
Right now all I’ve done is cast on but I’ll post my progress as it happens. My plan is to knit a rectangle, and then stitch up the seam leaving a hole for my thumb, a la the crocheted striped handwarmer example. But, I like the size of the knitted handwarmers (they are longer), and I’d rather knit, since, you know, I already know how to do that. However, right now I don’t have the patience for ribbing, so I’ll just do all knit and no purl. Plus, that might give it a little more rugged look. Or at least that is what I am telling myself to justify going quicker and knitting the whole time.
Other things on my to-do list: Get better lighting in bathroom. Get full-length mirror.