Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sewing Crochet challenge---purses

I'm trying to make up some of my Vogue patterns for summer before the new Fall ones come out.  Today I quickly made up version A of  8816 (my outfit picture comes later)

I made it in a light weight jersy knit and it made up quickly and gives just the right amount of "coverage" to my aging body. I may even consider lengthening it to dress length.

Since I am trying to add CROCHET items to my sewing I decided to take a look at some of the designer crocheted purses and found several:

These 2 are from Dolce and Gabbana-----the granny square one is over $2000 and reminds me of and afghan!

I discovered that crochet is so popular this year that it is even used to make shoes!

from relatively inexpensive sandals  --------to pricey ones from Missoni:     

So, taking these all as inspiration I came up with the following outfit:

I have to admit that there was a pattern for the sandals in the last "Interweave Crochet" magazine which I was dying to try! Here is another picture of them ----I started with crocheting around a black flip-flop sole with the thongs cut off.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Missoni crochet inspiration

I love the way one of my favorite bloggers, Carolyn of sewingfantaticdiary looks at all the latest runway styles and then decides to incorporate her favorites into renditions that are attractive on her. She even names her collections sometimes!

Well, I've been looking at this summer's Missoni collection and it uses LOTS of CROCHET, my favorite activity of the moment so have decided to attempt some Missoni "knock-offs" that will be appropriate for me.

Here are some actual Missoni  crocheted pieces that I would love to try to "knock-off":

                                      cool top and the wavy pattern is perfect for crochet

This is called "crochet Knit"---would be fun to figure out the stitches---love the colors
Maybe a skirt like the bottom of this dress?
                                                                                                           I'd love a long tunic just likethis!
I think this is a scarf!
I really love this but would need to make a slip-dress to wear under it---the model seems to just have tiny black underwear on!

I'm thinking I"d sew a skirt like this and crochet a MUCH larger top in co-ordinating colors!SSo, stay tuned as I attempt to got through a Missoni "knock-off" challenge----I'm off to check my yarn for colors I need.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A crochet/sewing challenge

I've been reading some of your great sewing blogs and have gotten into a sewing mood again! However I am still in love with crochet and all the new looks using it from the designers.  Therefore, I've decided to challenge myself this summer with mixing the two skills.  I"m going to try to make (and show you) some things that have both "hook and needle" skills in the outfits.    Here's my first combined outfit:

The dress is a pattern from the new Vogue Knitting CROCHET magazine.  Yes, that's right, crochet has become so popular that conservative old Vogue magazine has just published a magazine dedicated to "hooking"!          This was actually listed as a "bathing suit" cover-up----No WAY would I have worn it as that so the sewing part came in making a co-ordinating simple slip/dress to wear under it---my "crochet" friends seem to be more impressed by that than the dress!

Stay tuned for more in my self-challenge Sew/Crochet (or maybe knit) projects----I have boxes of patterns, fabric and yarn to work with!       peg