Striped Embroideries

For this week’s SIA, inspired by an 18th-century embroidery sample, I immediately knew I’d wear this embroidered sweatshirt. The bottom, however, required a bit of thinking. I could pair it with my black or gray jeans and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little different, so in the end, I decided to layer the sweatshirt on top of this striped dress to reflect the striped background of the sample. Finishing off is my trusted pair of embroidered boots, just in case there aren’t enough embroideries in this outfit.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog for more outfits inspired by this work!

SIA Inspiration: Jean-Francois Bony

This week, Daenel is our SIA host, and here is her pick for the inspiration:

It’s an embroidery sample in the style of Jean-Francois Bony, a French embroiderer and silk manufacturer famous for being the fabric designer for Marie Antoinette and Napoleon. Of course, the embroidery itself is the main focus, but I think the stripes of the background fabric could also be an unexpected source of inspiration as well. Just remember to send your outfits to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, November 18th. Enjoy!

SIA: Crocheted Leaves

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaves. We have a small group today, so let’s get to it.

First up is my co-host Daenel, who picked an embroidered sweatshirt and brown boots to reflect the crochet and the leaves:

My other co-host, Kim, found inspiration from the rust tones and finished her outfit with a crocheted necklace:

Leslie chose a printed blouse to mimic the crochet, paired with her knitted brown cardigan. Check out her blog to see the rest of her outfit, including a pair of western boots!

And finally, here’s me:

Thank you to everybody for participating! Don’t forget to check back next week for a new piece of inspiration, courtesy of Daenel.


So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaves. It’s pretty self-explanatory – my pants and shoes are to mimic the brown shades of the leaves, and my top is to mimic the crocheting. I have a confession to make, though – this was from a couple of weeks ago, when the weather was still pretty warm (the weather has been flip-flopping these past two weeks between crisp and sunny and miserable and rainy.) I’d had an idea of featuring this artwork in SIA, so I just put the outfit together before announcing the inspiration. Is that cheating? I don’t think so, because I still put together the outfit with the artwork in mind, right? I just planned way, way ahead. Besides, is there even such a thing as “cheating” in SIA?

Anyway, if you still haven’t sent me your outfit yet, you have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by these leaves!

SIA Inspiration: Susanna Bauer

It is my turn to host SIA, and here’s my pick:

These crocheted leaves are the work of German-born, UK-based artist Susanna Bauer. You can see more of her work here and here (she also works with stone and wood.) As fall has finally arrived, I thought they’d make for a fun, seasonally appropriate SIA inspiration. The colors are neutral, but there are a lot of interesting textures to replicate in an outfit. Just remember to send your outfits to me by next Tuesday, November 5th. I’m looking forward to them! Have fun!


I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edouard Manet’s “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)“. Unfortunately, I’d spent the entire last week laid up in bed with the flu (I still haven’t fully recovered yet), so I had to make do with an outfit from the week before last instead. It doesn’t have the dark, rich brown or the floral touches of the inspiration painting, but at least it has the blue and the brown, and under these circumstances, it’s the best I can do.

Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog tomorrow to see other outfits inspired by this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Edouard Manet

It’s Kim’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This is the appropriately titled “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)” by Edouard Manet. We’ve featured a number of Impressionists on SIA over the years, but this is the first time a Manet painting is chosen as the inspiration, so I’m excited. The colors are mostly neutral, but there are a lot of rich textures and patterns here that you can play with. Don’t forget to send your outfit to Kim ( by next Tuesday, October 22nd. Have fun!