It’s been about a year since I last did a C Sews StytleEye post. I’m reviving it. I borrowed the idea from Bill Cunningham’s On the Street photos for the New York Times (as I mentioned this in my very first post C Sews StyleEye 3 Jan. 2012). I wasn’t a very good sewcialist back then! Instead I was more focused on learning to use WordPress.
This is essentially a brief look at the clothes and accessories that I’ve captured (with my iPhone) on people I’ve seen as I’m out and about – mostly in San Francisco or the East Bay. These people are on the move so some of the photos aren’t exactly in focus but I think you can still get the idea of the fabric and cut.
I have not edited the photos – partly to give you an idea of where the photos were shot (on the street, at a cafe, in the grocery store) and it certainly saves time! I took two photos of the last skirt because I really loved the use of fabric.
Below are the skirts that caught my eye for various reasons – fun fabric (love those elephants!), nice shape, or interesting details (check out the buttons on that jean skirt!).
I like long skirts. I usually like the hem to be several inches below my knees – mid-calf at the very least. Also I really don’t have the legs for short skirts. 😉
I’ve seen many interesting prints over the past few weeks. Here are some that caught my eye in San Francisco and Berkeley. I spotted these women on the street, on the BART platform, and outside a grocery store. You can see my previous StyleEye posts here.
Most of these women are in motion so they aren’t always in focus but I think you can see why they caught my eye. Enjoy!
I haven’t posted a StyleEye in a couple months. So I finally went through some of the photos I’ve taken in the interim and discovered that I had a theme of stripes – striped skirts and striped tops.
I’ve always loved stripes. I have striped socks, striped t-shirts, striped knit tops, striped sweaters, and hats trimmed with striped grosgrain ribbon. But I don’t have a striped skirt. Maybe that’s why all these skirts captured my attention!
Personally, I’m a bit wary of sewing stripes because I would want the stripes to line up, which seems like a little tricky endeavor to me. I’ve managed to avoid matching fabric designs in the clothes I sew. However, This skirt (left) and this cyclist’s knit top (below) made me realize that there is a way around that. You can simply put a panel with stripes — perpendicular to the main stripes — on the side and avoid having to line up the stripes in a side seam.
Seeing all these stripes made me want to buy some striped knit fabric and see what I could make. So I got a couple yards of this black-and-white knit at Discount Fabrics in San Francisco. (See my post “Shopping for Fabric,” for more info.) I’m not sure what I’ll make with it but it’ll be fun to experiment!
Once again, jackets and coats caught my eye as they did last month.
I’m not sure what type of fabric this black-and-white coat is made of but it’s certainly eye-catching! It seems rather fuzzy and has a unique pattern of swirls on it. I was walking down Sutter St. in San Francisco when I noticed these two women. They turned down Grant St. before I could snap more than one or two photos.
The other two photos were snapped as the women were on the move. I really like the coat with the shawl collar . The pattern on the fabric is great and the slight flare to the bottom half is very nice as well. I shot that photo as this woman was walking into the Westfield SF Centre mall on Market St.
As for the last photo, I really liked the color combination of this bright green jacket with a yellow pleated top and a horizontally black-and-white striped knit skirt. I shot the photo at dusk so the lighting was rather bad and she was walking fast so this blurry photo was the best I could do.
I saw a lot of fun clothing combinations and nice details over the past month. These photos were snapped in San Francisco – usually in the Financial District or around Union Square during my lunch break or after work.
What you’ll see below is:
grey knit tights with a snowflake pattern worn with a knit dress and a fun cat-face backpack – spotted on Market Street, near Powell.
a nice detail on the back of a grey sweater – seen on Kearny St. at Sutter.
a woman on the BART train holding a rose and wearing aa combination of purple and pink accessories (sunglasses, scarf, purse, arm warmers)
and two photos of lovely ladies selling their wares at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this past December: Laura Bruland of Yes & Yes Designs, wearing a perky Girl Scout outfit (she makes unique jewelry from recycled book covers), and Trinity Cross of Field Day who makes lovely dresses and other clothes from reclaimed fabric. Both companies are based in Oakland, California. (Yay for the East Bay!)
This week’s StyleEye focuses on outerwear. I saw some nice coats on women either on the street or on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), the commuter train in the SF Bay Area. I take BART to and from work and often spot people wearing something eye-catching as they’re waiting for the train, exiting or entering the station, or even on the train.
I’m usually capturing people in motion so the photos aren’t necessarily in focus. Once in a while I’ll ask people if I can take their picture, but that’s only if I feel they aren’t in a hurry and if I feel OK about asking a complete stranger if they’d mind if I snapped a photo.
Sometimes I feel a teeny bit like a stalker – especially if the person is ahead of me and I’m hurrying to catch up with them and whipping out my iPhone to get the photo. Hmmm.
Well, it’s kinda like what Bill Cunningham does for the New York Times, right? But I’m not trying to compare myself to him – after all, he’d never publish blurry photos. Plus he’s a professional and I’m strictly amateur. (For more on Bill, see my review of Bill Cunningham New York.)