Friday, April 1, 2016

Oscar de la Renta

The Keith Haring sculpture in front of the De Young

This post is picture heavy. You've been warned!


Oscar de la Renta

Hello! I've been meaning to blog about this for a week! A couple weekends ago I made it to the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. It's a beautiful exhibit, curated by André Leon Talley.

It's only scheduled for San Francisco, so if you're in town before the exhibit leaves on May 30th, check it out!

I took loads of photos, but can't show them all, so I'm sharing a sampling, in no particular order.

Gilt feathers!

Exquisite embroideries! This is one of his wedding dresses.

Oscar was a hopeless romantic

He was well known for his caftans

I love this day coat! It's embroidered leather.

Look at the fringe on this Chinese-inspired evening ensemble!

This was one of my favorite outfits of the exhibit. I'm not an evening gown sort of person, but I'd wear this in a heartbeat!

You might also want to look at the 176 photos from the Oscar de la Renta Benefit Gala, held earlier this month at the De Young.

OOPS, I did it again!

While digging through my stash recently, I found a great sweater knit. It's from Emma One Sock and is a wonderful teal print. (I'm really into teal these days.) I decided to sew it into a Presto top. I wear my other Presto tops a lot. (People always ask me if I've lost weight when I do.) I knew I'd get a lot of wear out of it.

But I didn't have quite enough fabric. I was deciding whether I would make the fronts and sleeves from the print (with a solid back) or whether I'd make the fronts and back from the print (with solid sleeves).

I hadn't yet decided, but I went ahead and cut out the front pieces, very carefully. I matched the stripes with great care, and sewed up the center seam. My first try wasn't perfect, but it was close. I could have easily fixed the slight mismatch near the hem, when...

...I realized I'd made a horrible mistake...

Can you see it???

Probably not, so I'll tell you.

I hadn't cut out two fronts. I'd cut out two backs! D'OH!

I could have cut out two fronts from the remaining yard of fabric, but the finished front and back would have completely mismatched at the side seams. I no longer had enough fabric to lay it out correctly.

The final yard of fabric, and the two backs, have been put in a corner for now. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I have considered making the remaining yard into a short skirt. So we'll see...


I have been enjoying the glorious spring here in the bay area.

Spring blossoms in Mountain View

Fun shoes! (I recently bought these from Simply Bella. She doesn't have them on her site, but she has them in the store in several colors (orange, red, lime green, teal, and black).)

I went to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit on a Saturday morning at 10am. Golden Gate Park was particularly gorgeous that morning! While waiting for my friends, I took a few photos around the De Young.

This weekend I'm off on a sewing retreat. I hope you are having a great weekend!