Sunday, November 28, 2010

All My Style Went Into the Sweater (Tutti i Miei Moda per il Maglione)

So I went clothes shopping not too long ago. I'm the kind who goes into the store, gets what I need and am out again with the surgical precision of a special forces commando. I don't go often, but when I do I like to buy everything that is necessary for at least half of a year.

In Italy, I was very impressed with their clothes shops. Of course without a discount, some of the clothing in the window can be quite expensive. I've always admired Italians and their love of clothes and fashion, from people walking on a Saturday afternoon in Salerno to strolling the wide avenues of Pompeii in 79 AD. Sometimes I wish that there was no need in the US for websites like this.

All that being said, I've recently found a blog which combines two great things, style and ancient mosaics. To take some style cues from Maggie at Mosaicology, I have painstakingly handcrafted a sweater with guilloche.

Are my color choices great, or do I need to go back to the mall?


  1. OMG! lol! This is a surprise! Well done!!! need some cutting and sewing classes of course..but ....this is wonderful. Proud of you and smiling.
    What about the rough edges?
    Leave them like this?
    check your email.

  2. What kind of vehicle did you use to run over that poor sweater, Eric dear?

  3. Loving otherworldlone's comment. Please get back to the store asap and don't let the employee with highwater pants help you.

  4. I love that you incorporated two pole like verticals. Are we compensating for something, Tex? It's very....manly. :)

  5. gets what I need and am out again with the surgical precision of a special forces commando

    hilarious...and a technique apparently taught to many men.

  6. I dunno Eric, I'm thinking she might just combine her love of fashion and her love of ancient mosaics in a *slightly* different way than you have? Color choices aside... I'm thinking you might not be a big hit wearing this out in public lol. But whatever makes you happy is most important - enjoy!

  7. The sweater looks great. Whenever I have checked out the people of Walmart website, I can usually only click through 4 or 5 pictures before I throw up and have to stop.

  8. Maggie,
    Yes, you are right, my cutting and sewing skills are very bad. How would you say, 'incapace'? Glad the post made you happy.
    Baci e abbraci

    Yep, I have a 4 wheel ATV that leaves ancient guilloche pattern everywhere. It is awesome.

    Yeah, they do look like tire tracks. I was worried the colors were a bit naff.

    Vegetable Assassin,
    No, I was copying the sweater that Maggie put out there. No compensation, if I were as grand as both of those mosaics put together, then I don't know what I would do.
    That reminds me, the only acceptable conversation at urinals is 'Water's cold?' and the only acceptable answer is 'Yep, and deep!'.

    Yep, it's really the only way to do shopping.

    Maybe I can commission a drawing to turn into a print for a shirt? That would be cool, have you ever done a tromp l'oeil work?

    Thanks, and yes, I can't understand what some of those people are thinking going out dressed like that.