going away outfit

So, when we were planning our wedding 7 years ago I learned of this term, “going away outfit”. It’s supposed to be the outfit that the bride changes into when the couple leaves the reception to go on their honeymoon (at least that’s what I heard).

I never had any dress change during my wedding, let alone a going away outfit. But summer trips are also great opportunities to make new clothes! Last year I made a new shirt for our trip to Chicago.

And so this year I thought I’d make a new shirt too. Brings new meaning to the idea of a “going away outfit”. The new shirt is made from a thrifted shirt from Black Market. There was this whole lot of them and they looked brand new. Overstock that’s been sitting in some basement for years, I guess? They all featured exaggerated pointy collar. I think it’s a lovely shirt, the pointy collar is quirky, my friend bought the same shirt and she looks super fabulous in it. It just… didn’t look like something I would wear. But I LOVE the print.

So I removed the collar, cut the sleeves short, took in the sides a bit, and hemmed the neck and sleeve edges. Better, isn’t it?

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I’m even able to preserve the pocket! And I love its length. Here’s a closer look at the lovely print.

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But next time I’ve really got to measure. I cut away too much fabric around the sleeves and it almost didn’t fit, had to reduce the seam allowance to 1/4″ (>_<) I’ve really got to measure from now on…

These shirts were 5 bucks each! Maybe I should get a couple more with different prints…

SO! Where are we going, you ask? Quebec! Haven’t been there since my family took a bus tour there when I was a kid. Can’t wait to see it again with new eyes. Will be posting pictures when we’re back, of course!

Wishing you a fabulous week with fun and inspiring adventures, wherever you are :)

 

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tiny owl’s big trip!

Since I’ve got news that tiny owl has made it safely to its destination, I can show you a picture…

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The tiny owl pin is made for a dear friend who lives on the other side of the continent :D Like the amanita brooch, it’s inspired by this button pattern, following the pattern for its base and edging and making up my own owl and leaves. It’s about 1.5 inches across. Very tiny. And I’m quite proud of him! In fact, he’s inspired other animal pin designs that I’ve been working on for the past week, will have to show you those soon :)

I know that tiny owl will enjoy the west coast and my friend’s company very much :D and I hope to visit the west coast one day too!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

 

 

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this week’s awesome finds

Weaving is so much fun. Woven necklace from Say Yes.

These are stylish. Perler bead bangles, from DIY Candy.

On the to-make list. Crochet tunic from Lion Brand Yarn.

Also from Lion Brand Yarn, perfect crochet piece for fall.

Grow your own crystal necklace – how neat is this? Now I just have to figure out where to buy alum salt… From The Cwafty Blog.

This requires a proper pom pom maker, but it will be worth it. Mushroom pom pom from Small Good Things.

Love the Nyan Cat scarf patterns but thought it would be a bit much to actually wear them… but a bookmark! Everyone can use a bookmark. From Cute & Kaboodle.

The Purl Bee always has boxy blouse patterns that I love.

Love that this is made of stars. Crochet Cowl from Moogly.

Made from a pillowcase! From Lil’ Bit & Nan.

Happy Wednesday!

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all in a day’s work

We had a very busy Saturday a week ago, but all fun! It was a family friend’s wedding, and so I made an update to this dress I made a couple of years ago with this crochet collar pattern. Was having far too much fun and forgot to take a proper picture of it, good thing there was this fun photo booth at the wedding! This picture captured a pretty good look at the collar, and us with classy glasses.

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Can’t see it well in the picture, but I sewed a pearly button in the centre.

AND! In between ceremony and reception we got to go to the Murdoch Mysteries first ever studio open house!!! It’s an excellent crime mystery show set in turn-of-the-century Toronto, you can watch some of its videos here :D My sister, Mike and I have been fans of the show since its early seasons, so it was a super exciting occasion. And we were already dressed up for the wedding, perfect for picture-taking :D

Here’s a better look at the dress, in front of station house #4, where Detective Murdoch and his awesome colleagues work.

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Here we are in the city morgue, putting our brains together, with other brains.

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Another look at the morgue…

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Gruesome props…

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Next, we toured the station house…

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And got an official fancy-hat portrait taken at Detective Murdoch’s desk :D art-directed by the husband of Maureen Jennings, author of Murdoch Mysteries the book series.

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More scenes on the meticulously crafted set, including the electric car, invention of one of the characters in the show.

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Solving mysteries! Refashioning dress! Goofing around at wedding! All in a day’s work :D

Wishing you a joy-filled week!

 

 

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moonrise amanita

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I was making this while watching Moonrise Kingdom. Kind of goes with the feel of the movie, I think :)

I followed this pattern for the round base, but made up my own mushroom. The cap is a cup shape folded in half, and the stem is 2 rows of slip stitches. The whites spots are made of french knots, and the grass is embroidered.

Sewed a pin back on.

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It’s almost Friday! Hope you have a good weekend with a spirit-nourishing dose of creating :)

 

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springtime raglan

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Probably nice for fall or winter too :D And with this cool summer weather we are having, I was actually wearing it the evening I finished sewing it all together.

Really like those raglan shirts/sweaters with contrasting lace sleeves that I’ve been seeing on people lately. Have a lot of white yarn left after making this shawl, so I thought I’d try making something up.

Here’s a closer look at it :)

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I drew kind of a stitch diagram as I went along, but not sure if I’m capable to translating it into words… will definitely share if I do come up with a pattern.

Hope you have a good weekend!

 

 

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pixie dust

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“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Experimenting with Peter Pan collars. Made this one following this pattern (though skipping a few rounds in the middle) with thread and a 2.5mm hook. Found a very nice glittery button to go with it, glittery like pixie dust.

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It’s a great improvement to my plain black sweater dress!

Wishing you a good rest of the week!

 

 

 

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this week’s awesome finds

Beautiful sun print tote by Alisa Burke.

Super fun stackable burger pillow by Please Note.

Amazingly simple banana frozen ice cream by Now That’s Pretty.

Tiny kitty – so CUTE!!! – by While She Naps.

Perfect summer skirt! I love the print (apparently from Ikea!). On Make.

Love the simplicity and boldness of this necklace, especially love that it’s crochet. By Chabe GS Crochet Design.

I will have to make this when we have the space for it. T-shirt rug by Crochet in Paternoster.

I like this top, and it’s actually mostly knitted flat! By Lion Brand Yarn.

This! Made by a rice cooker! Must try soon. Epic rice cooker pancake by Rocket News 24.

A seashell headband (a crown, actually!) fit for a sea king, or queen, or mermaid. By How Did You Make That?

More oceanic fun with this build-a-squid website (thanks Amy!), spotted on Cute Overload.

More sea creatures to crochet, with this get whale soon tissue box cover, extra awesome with its punniness. By Moogly.

And while we’re at it, why knot making some nautical knot bracelets to add to the fun? (okay, I’ll stop. But you can find the how-to on the Etsy blog.)

Definitely making the mushroom one. And maybe the hedgehog one too… And is that an owl? :D These are so much fun. Crochet buttons by Ravelry designer Kathrin Bardeleben.

Have a crafty weekend!

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Moshi

Meet Moshi! The pocket-sized and slightly elongated cousin of Yoshi.

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He was made for a swap :D requested by my very talented swap partner, who made a very sweet gift for my friend. (But I can’t show you the gift yet because I haven’t yet given it to my friend)

Here’s a closer look at him :D he’s made free-form crochet style.


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Like I said, he turned out slightly elongated compared to Yoshi, and his backside look a bit strange… but he does have his spikes, and saddle, and orange boots with yellow soles.


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Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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luna

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Made this shawl for a semi-formal event I was attending, following this pattern. The symmetrical fan pattern reminds me of a moth. A moth the colour of moonlight.

Here’s how it looks on the front, and the beautiful Winter Garden Theater where the event was held. Its ceiling decorated with dried beech leaves and lanterns, and the walls painted in watercolour… so magical…

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Now moving on to four projects to be done before September! So grateful for the time to crochet :D

Wishing you a lovely Wednesday!

 

 

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