Tuesday, July 24, 2007

CGOA Conference: The Fashion Show

Or, There's a Story Behind Them Chaps".

These lacy leggings are repurposed sleeves, rescued from my personal Swatchpile of Obscurity after being asked to remake them in a different color just before I left for the conference. Who knew that they would also be the perfect size for leggings? I wanted to wear them in the fashion show as pants legs because the color would show up on the runway and I rarely see crocheted pants. (Captioned photo taken by designer Mary Jane Hall. Thanks so much MJ, it's a keeper!)

I don't know what made me think I'd crochet the upper part of the pants while at the conference. I went to the Tahki Stacy Charles -sponsored 24-hour crochet lounge to make progress but of course gabbed the whole time with friends. Heck, strangers too.

By the afternoon of the fashion show, I was disappointed in my progress and mentioned it in Joan Davis' Merry Go Round the Pi class to Dee Stanziano. Nancy Cornell, sitting on the other side of me, saw me bring out the sleeves and put them over my pants legs. (I don't think I was being disruptive, the class went on break.) They started making the GROOVIEST suggestions! The moment Nancy suggested the garter idea my fashion show dream revived like a phoenix from the ashes. No problem crocheting garters and a garter belt in an hour or two! (Although I was frantically weaving in ends minutes before I went on.) Not only that but crocheted-garter-belt-as-outerwear? Trendsetting!

I just LOVE what Noreen Crone-Findlay wrote about them in her blog. She's a witness that I did try to make progress on the pants. And check out Dee's photos at her blog where she said I "rocked the house"! Like Doris said, "Yee-haw!" It was really fun.

I'm starting to get comfortable with being on a raised runway with hundreds of people looking at me (well, looking at what I'm wearing). Nancy Cornell helped me with this too. She said, "There's always plenty of Beautiful up there. What everyone remembers though is the Outrageous. Go ahead, be Outrageous."


  1. Just love them chaps. Looks like everyone was having a good time.

  2. Anonymous6:48 PM

    OH, Vashti, you totally stole the show! You were my most favorite moment in the whole thing! You were great- talk about carrying it off with aplomb! I still end up grinning from ear to ear when I think of it!
    Now, m'dear! You have got to come up with something equally spectacular for next year! We have expectations of you! Hurrah for you......
    I just loved it. Talk about fun!
    hugs and love
    noreen over at www.hankeringforyarn.com

  3. OMG!! I loved those chaps the first time I got a sneak peak of them on the CGOA chat, I can't remember who posted the pictures tho. They are awesome!! I would even wear them!! You rock!

  4. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Next year....next year Vashti'll come dress head to toe in S&M look, all crocheted gear, fake handcuffs to boot. Watch out!

  5. How about an "I Dream of Jeannie" set out of hot pink jelly yarn?

  6. I think Brian was the loudest admirer...he hooted, hollered and whistled! I loved it...you did steal the show...outrageous is remembered! Kudos to you!
    Anne and Brian

  7. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Vashti - I have to say.. this was one of the best moments in the fashion show! ;) I dont think I laughed so hard the entire show. It was an awesome idea!

    (I am just playing catch up on my blog reading! ;)


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