Sofie D’Hoore is a (new-to-me, although established in ’92) Belgian designer with a fine collection for spring-summer 2013. Understated, clean, desirable. Exclusively colored in red and neutrals. The clothes are feminine, but not necessarily fitted – just comfortable and practical. Apparently, the designer was trained as a dentist before deciding to make the switch to fashion. I don’t know that this has anything to do with the almost rigorous aesthetic, but it could. And I’m quite thankful for the move – how else would I have been able to browse such pretty styling ideas?
I have to say, my creative wheels are not easy to turn after being away from home for almost a month (I guess I function best in my own space). So finding an idea for a DIY was particularly hard this week, until I ran into these Maria Rudman bracelets, retailing at $200-400 a piece. That’s absurd in my book, so I decided to try and make something similar. Not a knockoff though – there’s not that much of a resemblance between the two – but just an embroidered leather bracelet.
What you need:
- embroidered band
- soft leather
- thread and needle
I had this embroidery from this winter (when the days are short and the embroidery hoop is out), so I decided to finally use it for something. You can use something store-bought, or you can customize a piece of fabric as you like. I cut a piece of leather that was wider than the embroidery, and a little longer than the size of my wrist. Then I simply stitched one to the other, hiding my stitches. You can choose to glue it if you hate stitching – just make sure the glue is not strong enough to show on the good side of the fabric.
After making size adjustments as needed, I stitched a button on one side of the bracelet, and a buttonhole on the other, using a small leather scrap I got from cutting the bracelet. Couldn’t be easier! If I were to change something, though, it would be stitching in more contrasting colors – white thread on a mint canvas wasn’t necessarily the best idea, although you can see it better in real life than in the pics.
Watch: A reader recommended Stoker for the outfits. Hopefully, I will see it tomorrow, as I’m intrigued by the trailer and cast.
Listen: Foxygen. Pretty good. Also foxy.
Wear: To Be Adored never fails to make very pretty dresses. This one has a detachable apron/skirt that you can wear several ways.
DIY: I wanted to use pallets for a garden table, but this idea is even better: a swing bed. I can’t imagine how cool that would be to have.
What’s your poison? Is it, by chance, any of the following: foxes, cats, lobsters, boats, scallop or peter pan collars? Cause if so, you may have found your dream place: Kissyface. It’s the shop of an Australian girl that goes by the name of Rikki B. She makes dress – and pinafores more recently – which feature the prettiest, most drool-worthy prints ever. Ever. And yes, I want that fox pinafore in my life, even though it would make me look like a school girl. I can’t help it.
Find Kissyface on Etsy.
Admittedly, I haven’t seen the sea/ocean in two years. I kind of miss it, especially during heat waves, or when a certain smell sends me back. It used to be my favorite place as a teen, not that I liked being in the sun too much, but it was the best getaway I could imagine. We used to say the less tan you are coming home, the more fun you had. It meant partying almost every night and lazying around all day. I wonder how it would be now – definitely different. And I would like it to involve things like these:
Featured image: Lido di Venezia by Dacian Groza
Shirt – c/o Sheinside | Dress – Darling via Emerging Thoughts | Sunglasses – Bershka | Shoes – BBup
I just got back home this morning, after a whole night of traveling by train and plane and bus and taxi. It was a pretty exciting ride, and I have to admit I haven’t slept in a while. I loved Berlin so, so much! But no matter the travel, there’s always that feeling of relief when you get home and things start getting into that pleasant routine. This rabbit shirt from Sheinside was waiting for me when I arrived, and so we went out for ice cream and pics. The shirt was a bit big for my taste (that’s the disadvantage of getting “one size”), but I like how it looks with the sleeves up and tied at the waist. The rabbits are, of course, the main attraction.
Sand in your toes and a cold beer – or the Kling lookbook for the warm season. Nothing could be fitter for the beach than a sea-colored fish print dress, like the one pictured above… Except, maybe, the banana print swimsuit? These guys know how to put together a lookbook: it’s simple, with little props other than the wind and a beer can. I love how edgy the model’s wet hair is, contrasting with the quirky prints.
Do you know Erika, aka Jasmin Blanc? I’ve always been an admirer of her work – she makes delicate ceramic beauties like no one else. And knowing her in person, I can also tell you that she’s delicate and lovely herself. Also, sweet enough to share a project with us while I’m in Berlin: a pretty bike seat cover.
I made a seat cover for my bike, Cherry, a while ago and I thought it would be a nice project to share. It is really difficult to give a proper pattern, as there are probably dozens of different seat types out there, so I will try to guide you through crocheting your own and adjusting it to your own seat measurements.
The instructions are written in US terms and the stitches used are: chain (ch), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc). You will also need to know how to decrease a stitch.
What you will need to do first of all is to make a pattern using the bicycle seat you are crocheting the cover for. Just draw the outline on a piece of paper.
Then crochet a line of chains long enough to fit the wider part of the seat, and try to make a tight fit, because later your work will loosen anyway. Turn and start your first row of double crochets.
When crocheting in stripes, I like to change colors by tying only at the very first change. I never cut the yarn if I have to keep interchanging colors. I just pull the new color through the last loop at the end of the row, and start it from there, carefully placing the ball of yarn, which is not in use, out of my way. I do this because I find it a lot easier to simply hide these lines (on the wrong side), than weaving in every single cut end.
Now, gently continue on crocheting the dc stripes. To have your work in a semi-circle (should your seat demand this shape) try skipping a couple of stitches in the middle of your work. Also, always remember to work according to the pattern you drew after your bike’s seat and decrease whenever it is needed (remember to decrease on the sides and not in the middle of your rows).
When you are done with the upper part of the cover, you will need to crochet another line of chains, long enough to fit almost around the entire outline of the seat. Then you will need to do about 4 rows of double crochet. When you are done, sew the two parts together, not forgetting to hide the interchanging yarn bits on the side.
Use elastic, a band or a piece of ribbon and thread it along the small spaces between double crochets in the last row. And your seat cover is ready to try out. Just place it on, tie it to your seat and ride away!
I know I’ve been talking quite a lot about the Ethical Fashion Show, but I’ve seen so much interesting stuff at the showroom! It was all about green fashion and how that doesn’t have to exclude great design. All showcased brands had to follow certain criteria in ecological, social and transparency aspects, from recycling resources and producing minimum waste to supporting workers and respecting intellectual property. You know, the stuff that’s important. Below are some pics I took of the booths and details, just a small part of what was exhibited.
Bibico from UK
Slowers from Spain
Sag Sal from Germany
John W. Shoes from Germany
Margarete Häusler from Germany
I fell in love with Tan’s blog as soon as I found it, some months ago. I think you will, too: there are DIYs and recipes, as well as fashion tips and wedding stuff. Intrigued? Check out Squirrelly Minds for even more fun stuff from this teacher-by-day and wife/blogger/cat owner-by-night. And to start you off, here’s a cocktail recipe sample:
With the closing of Wimbledon, it’s only fitting that this cocktail recipe include the British (and my personal) favourite, Pimm’s.
This is a spin on the classic Pimm’s Cup, a blend of pimm’s, ginger ale (or 7-up, but ginger ale is better) and a big wedge of cucumber. It’s my absolutely favorite drink on a hot summer’s day. This version adds a little more oomf with some lemon zing. Plus, the ombre effect makes it almost too pretty to drink. Almost.
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
- 3 ounces ginger ale
- 3 ounces lemonade
- Mint and raspberry to garnish (or a wedge of cucumber)
- In a tall glass mix your ginger ale and lemonade. 3 ounces each is enough for a medium-sized glass but if yours is taller or smaller than adjust accordingly. Top with ice
- Carefully pour the pimm’s over the ice so it floats on top
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and raspberries