Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

Little Cotton Shrug

Little Cotton Shrug by happy.eclair
Little Cotton Shrug, a photo by happy.eclair on Flickr.

Thanks to Mimi Alelis, I now have my first crocheted piece of clothing. I’ve been wondering what to wear this summer because there are insanely hot days especially when commuting. So here it is, my finished shrug. The pattern isn’t so hard to follow, considering I am not an expert at crochet. It primarily uses single crochet and double crochet.

The amusing thing here is that with a 4/0 sized hook, my gauge is double than what’s on the pattern so I tried making the sleeve part already based on the small sized directions and it worked just fine. I had a problem with the shoulders though so I was fitting the shrug as I went along. As for the edging, that’s another tricky part. I am not sure if I will totally redo this part one of these days or make another one from scratch. Why? I find the edging a bit loose but the thing is that I need a stretchy enough edging to wear this. I am also not that familiar with how shrugs should really fit me. Ah well. I am hoping to make a cropped cardigan with this pattern as basis. Unless I find another pattern. It might look like it’s knitted but it’s not 😉 It took me a week, more or less because of the edging issue I had.

All in all, I found cotton to be a good kind of material to work with and the resulting shrug is lightweight. Perfect for summer.

Things I learned:
1. If you’re bigger, maybe you could adjust the pattern/adapt the pattern using a different gauge. In this project’s case, the gauge I had was double. Aside from being able to use the ‘small’ sized instructions, the shrug looks more lacy which makes it cute and summer-y.
2. Edging is not always easy to make/decide on. Because I used a bigger gauge, I couldn’t directly use the recommended edging. Also, I needed a stretchier edging that would let me wear the shrug.
3. Cotton thread is not scary to work with. I actually enjoyed working with cotton thread. Even if it was Monaco that I used, I think that having a bigger gauge also made the resulting garment have a softness to it. 😀
4. There are really great patterns out there which might look overwhelming but if you really want to make them, you could if you are very determined. Being used to making hats, I mainly work with sportweight or worsted weight yarn. Everything with thread looks overwhelming. Maybe I just really needed this project to overcome my fears.

I am looking forward to the crochet along by Interweave using the Moth Wings Shrug pattern by Mimi Alelis. Maybe I will have fun the way I did with this one.

By the way, her patterns are available as print outs from VC Trading in Farmers Plaza Cubao and other crafting stores. They’re sold for 70-100 pesos each. Or you could buy them online via Ravelry.

Via Flickr:
Posted via email from eclair on posterous

Read Full Post »

Week 5: Headphone earpiece covers

Headphone earpiece covers.  It’s going to be silly to wear earwarmers and mufflers in the Philippines.  Our cold January weather doesn’t really justify those things XD Been wanting to make them for the longest time.

Anyway, I still have to redesign this because the earpiece and band are too connected: part of the band is on top of the earpiece T^T  It looks a bit awkward or maybe I should have made a large sized rose instead of a medium one. ~_~ I don’t know.  Well, at least I know what it’s like to make these things.

Read Full Post »

My first crochet hat

It is attempt 1.5 because the first one failed due to the lack of available yarn. My fault for not buying enough ~_~ Anyway, I ended up making a different hat instead of the one in the pattern because I think I screwed up how a series of steps was supposed to be like.

the hat - a work in progress picture

the hat – a work in progress picture

top view of the hat (when worn)

top view of the hat (when worn)

top view of the hat (upclose)

top view of the hat (upclose)

side view of the hat

side view of the hat

me wearing my own hat

me wearing my own hat

So despite me screwing up with the instructions — that or my stitches are that bad — it turned out ok, as far as I am concerned as it’s something I could wear anyway. 😀 My first project! Yay!

Read Full Post »

I’ve asked my crafting buddy, Jonette, to make me some scarves (because she can knit!), a petti and 2 skirts. I already got my scarves and my striped skirt from her but I haven’t taken pictures yet because I am a shamelessly lazy cat ;_; And I don’t have my own digital camera. So let me show you her work. Good thing she posted a lot of pictures on Facebook XD

red x grey scarf with checkerboard-like texture

red x grey scarf with checkerboard-like texture

The first scarf really looked so cute even in the pictures. 🙂 I was excited as she was telling me of its progress. This scarf is not only cute; it is also warm and soft. The yarn she used was good. I could wear this on the days that I wear black or grey. (My usual colorsXD)

Cotton Candy Cumulus

Cotton Candy Cumulus

This is the second scarf and it’s really awesome because of how soft it is. I love the yarn she used because of the colors that suddenly just show up, like bits of the powder used in making cotton candy. And the texture does remind me of cumulus clouds! I really must take close-up/detail shots of this scarf she made for me. See? Isn’t she awesome? 😀

puffy petticoat!

puffy petticoat!

This is still with Jonette so she could use it as reference for the second skirt she’s making me. 🙂 After all, if this petti is going underneath the skirt, she might as well know how it would look like with it! 😀 I tried it on when we met up a couple of weekends ago and it was nice and puffy! I love it 😀 It’s a bit loose on me but there are always pins to help me wear it haha. I think she mentioned adjusting it. But seriously, it’s nice and puffy 😀

lulu - the skirt inspired by the VM regimental stripe skirt

lulu - the skirt inspired by the VM regimental stripe skirt

This is the first skirt she gave to me. 🙂 I saw the pictures of the cloth she saw in Divisoria and I just loved the stripes on this one so much that I had to simply ask her to make me this nice skirt. I don’t regret it one bit because it fits comfortably on me.

Jonette is really dedicated to her craft and I am so happy that she indulged me with my requests. If you think that she’s really awesome, please drop by her blog, The Hobby Horse and show some love.

PS: All photos on this blog entry are from Jonette’s Facebook albums and blog.
Lulu – first skirt commission
First scarf commencement
Cotton Candy Cumulus

Read Full Post »

Here are some things I want to make.

In Progress:

  • Chibitalia skirt – Start date: 08 August 2009

Done:

Wishlist:

  • Chibitalia blouse
  • Chibitalia apron
  • a reversible bag
  • a flared skirt
  • a wrap-around skirt
  • drawstring pants
  • drive-in pants/thai pants
  • pajamas
  • curtains for my room
  • pillowcases
  • change the collars on my tees
  • plushies

Read Full Post »

I’ve always liked looking at the display of Promod, Trucco and Warehouse in Greenbelt 5. (I work in Legazpi Village and it’s really that often that I get to pass by this mall.) Anyhow, I know that Promod has a lot of pretty items when I went inside the Trinoma branch but it was the time I accompanied a friend. This time I went there because I knew there is a sale and I was looking for a basic black top with long sleeves. Aside from the sale items, I checked out their accessories. I really like them! The items I would possibly go back for:

I saw in the catalog that they have a necklace with scissors pendant. This is something I’d really love to have.

So far, their accessories aren’t cheap but they are not too expensive either. Some of them even look like they could be used for steampunk, Victorian and lolita fashion aside from the regular streetwear that’s why I really like them. Their sale period in Greenbelt 5 is supposed to end on the 15th. I hope we get our salaries early by one day so I could go back for an item or two. XD

Read Full Post »

There are no brands here in the Philippines so local lolitas must be resourceful. Some of them who have been making clothes and accessories for themselves seem to have opened online shops, knowing that there are kindred spirits who share their interests. I’ve bought some products from some of them already and I’m glad to have their products because they are not only pretty, they are well-made. There are also clothes being sold in malls and vintage stores that look victorian enough for lolita fashion so that you could coordinate them well and be happy with what you get within reach.

Shopping on Multiply
dark blue flared skirt - front
a commissioned skirt. from OneFreeKiss.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »