Sachir, Bahrain

Bahrain

For the Bahrain outfit, I researched quite a bit about the country, the culture, the landscape and the political situation. The Bahrain Grand Prix was often controversial, protests accompanied it, especially in recent years. Still, Adriana decided to go, because of the challenge and she wouldn’t want to miss the race!

Adriana wears a long-sleeved, off-shoulder t-shirt, which has a sweetheart neckline, boxy fit and is cropped. She matches it with high waisted and (again) cropped culottes – a trend I don’t actually love, but I think they work in this outfit. The fabric is very lightweight and falls nicely and they look better in real life than here in the pictures. A scarf wrapped around her head completes the look.

It is a very simple outfit, the fabrics are everything. I tried to capture a kind of nomadic feeling, something Adriana might also wear for a night in a tent in the desert. Light fabrics, earth colours and a simple silhouette create  the effect I tried to achieve.

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Bahrain

Bahrain

Bahrain

Bahrain

Me-Made-May’15

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“I, Liliana from https://lassemista.wordpress.com/, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May’15. I endevour to wear at least two me-made garments each week for the duration of May 2015.”

Yes, I’m participating. For the first time ever! I feel that I finally have enough self-made garments that I like to wear on a daily basis. To make it easier, I have chosen to wear handmade on just two days a week, but I can always add more days. The more the merrier!

Also, my sewing list is growing constantly. I actually was shopping today and went home with some unexpected, but beautiful fabrics: dark indigo denim with a slight stretch (for jeans or at least jeans-like trousers), light grey jersey with a border print that looks like Venice and the lagoon by night and a beautiful fabric with a green-turquoise and purple, woven, geometric pattern. No information about the fibre content was given, but it reminded me of the Aztecs and so I had to buy it. I’m planning to make either a skirt or a cropped jacket out of it, but they accidentally cut 1,40 m instead of 1 (I payed just one) and now there’d be enough fabric for a dress. Decisions, decisions! :)

There is not a lot to do for school right now (I’m starting with a Dirndl next week, I already drafted the pattern), so I’ll have more time for sewing – finished garments will be featured here soon!

Shanghai, China

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The starting point for Adriana’s chinese look was jade. It played an important role in chinese history and I love it’s translucence and changing colours. Personally, I think that black matches the light pastel green perfectly and that started it all.

The dress has a simple A-line shape with a chinese inspired neckline and collar. To give it more depth and visual interest, I added different layers of different kinds of black fabric onto a satin base: Chiffon, georgette and netting. Next came the embroideries. Out of polymer clay (Fimo, in the colour ‘Jade’), I made several beads, ornaments and bracelets, which I then sewed onto the dress. Additionally, I used seed beads in two different shades of green, a bought flower ornament and leaf/flower-shaped sequins. I didn’t follow a pattern, I just randomly filled gaps and created shapes,  it was all very organic – that’s how I like it best :).

The embroidery on the back is also partly covered with two long strips of black netting, which remind me of dragonfly wings (another reference). Overall, the dress is very breezy, with the different layers shifting and moving constantly.

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china

china

china

china

china

china

Thoughts on Machine Knitting

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My favourite classes in school are the ones that deal with textiles. We have 6 hours in a row, every Thursday, and it’s either printing, embroidery, surface manipulation, weaving or knitting. Today I want to talk about knitting a bit.

I always was a sewist, never a knitter. I learned the basic techniques in primary school and made a pair of socks in high school (with a lot of help from my mother), but knitting was never really my thing – I’m not very fast and I don’t have enough patience (I know, practice is everything). I’d love to make a thick sweater out of unbleached wool, with all kinds of difficult cable stitches and honeycomb patterns, but it is very unlikely that this will happen in the near future.

Anyway, machine knitting. In school, we have four double-bedded machines, two coarse ones, a fine one and one that is super fine. Manual operation only! At first, we learned all different kinds of stitches, with one or two colours, double knits, ribbing… Then, we could knit a piece for ourselves. There was the option to knit ‘fabric’ and cut pattern pieces out of it, to make something out of the rectangular pieces or to just leave it as it is – that’s what I did.

At first, I had plans for something else, but eventually, I decided to just knit this huge shawl – it’s 75cm x 200cm, which equals 150 needles and approx. 1400 rows (on the fine machine). I used the stitches ‘Noppe’ at the border and ‘Perlfang’ for the rest of the scarf. My yarns were two cottons in differnt shades of blue and a wool in green. That wool! Something was wrong with the spool, the thread was interrupted in several places, which resulted in this blue stripe you can see below. I didn’t realize it at first (I was more cautious afterward) and wasn’t sure what to do. Start again? In the end, I decided it should be a design feature and repeated it on the other side – I just cut the green yarn and knitted the 20 rows with just the two blues. I quite like it that way!

The course is already over, so final thougts? I really enjoyed it. Picking the colours and testing how they would look together was a lot of fun – I love the mottled effect. Also, knitting on the machine is (obviously) so fast! Perfect for someone with little patience…

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machine knitting

London, the second

Liberty London

I was in London 2 (already!) weekends ago – I already showed you pictures from Friday and Saturday, here is Sunday and Monday – we left at 5 to get to the airport in time and we were just in time.

On Sunday, we visited Camden market. At first, I was a bit disappointed and then, once we entered the Market Hall and the surrounding area, I was completely overwhelmed. So many things to look at, so many different smells from all the food stalls and so many people. We relaxed a bit at the Inpiral Lounge, a raw vegan cafe. I had chia pudding with coconut milk and fruits (it was basically my breakfast) and while it was delicious, it was really… heavy. I could barely finish my small bowl and was was completely full for the rest of the day. A bit too full, every time I look at the picture now I feel a bit uneasy.

So I did not eat anything from the food that was offered, though everything looked very tempting. We continued exploring Camden, including Cyberdog, of course. Afterwards, we drove back to Oxford street and went (among other stores) into Topshop again. This time I bought something for myself (the first time I just got earrings for my sister): A simple denim dress, something I have been looking for for a very long time (but I will not wear it with a turteneck underneath). It was the last in my size, that was lucky! I did buy some other things as well, tea at Harrods for my parents, a dvd for my sister, the Savage Beauty exhibition catalogue for myself and Liberty fabrics (at Shaukat actually, not at the real Liberty store, which is pictures above)! You can see them here.

We decided that we should go to Buckingham Palace as well, so we strolled down Regent Street, passed Picadilly Circus and continued on the Mall, until we reached the Palace at sunset. (The Queen was apparently at home, as the flag was hoisted).

And that was it! We got back to our hotel via underground, were I miracously had to recharge my oyster card and my friend not (we started with the same amount of money and always went everywhere together). And then, after a short night’s sleep, we got up early to catch the train back to Stanstead airport… Only that there was no tube so early in the morning, so we had to take a cab (again: On our way from the airport to London, the train had a problem and stopped in Harlow town and we had to take a taxi to the nearest underground station. Then, on Friday evening, we missed the last tube (it was 00:30, for god’s sake) and had to take a cab back to our hotel, because no bus drove to were we needed to go.). But at least we saw the Tower Bridge and the Gherkin – we didn’t have time to see them by day, but illuminated an all they looked probably even better. So a good ending after all!

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Cyberdog

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Liverpool Station