Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Hearts' Day


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I've Been Featured...

Nothing too fancy... But still a big pat on my back.

One of BurdaStyle's members - erta27 - featured my Crochet Detail Batwing Top on her blog site (trailertreasure).

Amongst many beautiful and artistic creations in BurdaStyle, she chose me to be included her Top Picks... That was just so flattering...

That just makes me more inspired to really work on, not just the comfort, but also the aesthetic aspect of the final product.

Thank you erta27 for the appreciation and commendation.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fabric Finds in Fiji

When we went to Fiji for a holiday, I planned on scoring some fabrics that have a "taste" of Fiji in it... And these are what I found...

Although not too pure "Fijian" (because it's more of Indian, but there are Fijian Indians, anyway) I bought this chiffon sari fabric with silver embroidery border. I like the style of it and the additional texture (might be difficult to see in the photos), it's got lines of rough strips running across the width of the fabric. They only sell this fabric in pre-cut quantities (I think this is 9m), because they commonly use it as a sari to wrap around themselves in various different ways. But, of course, I wouldn't be using it "their" way. When I will finally have the courage (for novices like me, chiffon is a difficult material to cut and to sew — very complicated) to work on the material, it would be nice to have a breezy blouse or a semi-formal dress (draped, maybe) made from this fabric.

Aside from "sari" fabrics they also have various cotton voile in "pacific island" prints (you know, big floral patterns in different colours). It didn't appeal to me that much. So as a second choice of fabric, I bought this uncoated cotton in traditional print, not for a dress fabric but more of for decorating. Back then, I have the vision of using it for furnishing or cushion cases.

Hopefully, on our next holiday (wherever that may be), I would be able to score some good fabrics or, if not, sewing bits and pieces like shell buttons or accessories.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Beaded Crochet Detail Batwing Top

One of my newest creations... the Batwing top. Created using a free pattern from the BurdaStyle website (created by pixelink).

I made a few alterations to the original style - such as adding a hip band instead of a plain hem, opting for a wide rounded neck instead of the V-shaped neck and adding the beaded crochet detail on the neckline to give it some character.

Putting the pieces together was such a breeze. I have actually debated with myself whether I would want to go through the hassle of putting in the crochet inset or not. But I'm glad that I did as the detail gave the top an exciting look to it.

The crochet detail was done using a pattern I initially downloaded for a scarf. It was placed asymmetrically on the front bodice just under the neckline. The crochet detail has some black-pearl-like beads on it (they came from my stash as a left over from a gown I made last August 2009).

I like this top as it is comfortable and was able to hide a few unsightly areas (like a belly fat). Very chic to wear with a pair of slim-fit jeans or a pair of leggings, but I think it would also create a statement when worn with a pencil-cut skirt.