MADE: Knitted Silk Camisole

As I move towards having a 100% thrifted, vintage and me-made wardrobe, I have been wanting to knit a simple, sleeveless camisole for casual, everyday wear. Well, it’s summer every day here in Singapore!

Of course, anything too plain would be too boring for me. So, something has to pop – either the yarn or the pattern has to have a bit of *jazz*. Fortunately for me, this little project ended up to be a little bit of both.

I made this basic tank top using a free Japanese knitting pattern by Pierrot Yarns (a Japanese company) found via Ravelry, with some modifications to the neckline and sleeve opening for an extra feminine touch. If you look again, you will also notice the twisted rib stitch. They give such an interesting visual effect and add so much texture to the final product. Spending time twisting the stitches when knitting it was totally worth it!

The yarn is from a Japanese brand called Hamanaka, and this yarn is called Excel Silk. There’s a stash entry of it on Ravelry and it’s claimed to be 100% waterproof. To be honest, I have no idea what that really means. So… it doesn’t get wet? Anyway, I don’t think I will be washing it very often. The material feels cool to the skin and the stitches stretch out when I wear it.

I barely sweat in it. I’m just gonna wear, hang, air/sun, and repeat!

I am also in love with the super soft shade of pink that blends in so well with my skin. I feel like I could just melt into one of the impressionist paintings of the French countryside by Monet. So, don’t be too surprised if you see this camisole rotating into my basic weekend wear on Instagram. x

At a glance…

Project link on Ravelry: here
 216ss-02 Knit Bustier by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd) [link]
Yarn: Hamanaka Excel Silk in pink
Modifications: CO 113 (instead of 115), add sc all around the armholes and neckline, then with 3ch between each sc the second round.

P.S.: I still have a few balls of this yarn available, enough to make a matching bottom. I’m thinking about making a knitted pencil skirt with the same twisted rib stitch! What do you think?

Vintage Novelty Pineapple Teapot Set


Sharing a vintage a month, since September 2017!

vintage novelty pineapple teapot

I have a confession… I love pineapples! Earlier this month you have heard me gushing over my retro 1950’s style 3-piece holiday set in pineapple print. Today, for Vintage of the Month, I will be sharing this sweet vintage teapot set I have in my collection!

Look at all the mini teacups!!

I found this vintage novelty teapot set on Carousell (think Depop, but based in Singapore) a couple of years back for a ridiculous price of just $15. I had to get it. It had been listed for a while and it didn’t seem like it was going anywhere. So I felt that I had to save it from an unthinkable fate! I had to give it a new home and a new life! *cue dramatic music*

And of course, I did.

Pineapple flavoured iced yerba mate, from Teakoe, purchased in Colorado


Pina Colada flavoured black tea, from Miesna, Sri Lanka

Unfortunately, it’s just been sitting in my cupboard all this time. For some reason, I just haven’t quite found the chance to bust the set out and let it busk in all of its vintage novelty glory. But now that a couple of pineapple flavoured tea has creeped into my tea collection, I think I might be ready to use it for an afternoon tea at home soon.



Perhaps I might even make one of those upside-down pineapple cakes using a vintage recipe? Maybe I will make a ketogenic version of it? Ah, all the possibilities!

If you think you fancy a novelty pineapple teapot but can’t find the right one, you can also consider making a pineapple teapot cosy yourself! There’s a free crochet pattern by Tea and Craft on Ravelry, and a a free knitting pattern for a slightly different design here.

Left: crocheted pineapple teapot cosy (via) Right: knitted pineapple teapot cosy (via)

I have a few other pineapple-related projects lined up. So, if you, like me, think pineapples are cute, you can look forward to more pineapple inspired posts coming up in the next month! xx




TUTORIAL: Crochet Sweetheart T-shirt Yarn Purse (FREE PATTERN)

I have always been a big fan of novelty materials. Way back in 2008, I experimented with knitting with fabric strips. Obviously, I had a poor understanding of fabric and how they work back then. The woven fabric I used worked out poorly and it was a failed project.

In recent years, the use of jersey aka T-shirt yarn has gotten “in vogue” again and I have always wanted to embark on a project using T-shirt yarn. When I got this sweet pastel pink T-shirt yarn, I knew I had to make something for Valentine’s Day with it. Rather than plowing through the Internet for something specific, I decided to write my own pattern for my purse. And since I already wrote it, I might as well share it with everyone too!

The best thing about T-shirt yarn is that they are considered a bulky weight and are worked with a large hook, meaning you get to a large size quickly! This sweetheart purse was made with 2 pieces of flat heart-shaped motifs sewn together, and each heart-shaped piece is made up of just 9 rounds.


Yarn: 85m of t-shirt / jersey yarn

(e.g., Darn Good Yarn’s Reclaimed Cotton T-shirt yarn, Hoooked’s Zpagetti, or make your own using thrifted/old T-shirts via the Mollie Makes tutorial here:

Hook: 9.0mm

Other notions: Tapestry needles, 1 button, materials for making option lining (i.e. fabric, sewing needle and thread), plastic bag strap (or make your own using the same yarn)


Size: One size, finished bag measures 23.5cm across

Lining is optional


GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseRnd 1: Create magic ring with 6 sts

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st – 12 sts

Rnd 3: (1sc, 2sc in next st) * rep until end – 18 sts

Rnd 4: (2sc, 2sc in next st) * rep until end – 24 sts

Rnd 5: 7 sc, (2sc into next st)* rep 3 more times, 2sc, (2sc into next st)* rep 3 more times, 7sc – 32 sts

Rnd 6: (3sc, 2sc in next st,) * rep 2 more times, 2sc in next st, 4sc, (2sc in next st, 3sc)* rep 2 more times, 3sc – 38 sts

Rnd 7: 2sc in first st, 7sc, 4hdc, 4dc, 2hdc, 2sl st, 2hdc, 4dc, 4hdc, 8sc – 39 sts

Rnd 8: 2sc in first st, (4sc, 2sc in next st) * rep 1 more time, 3hdc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, 2hdc, 1sc, 1 sl st, 1sc, 2hdc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, 3hdc, 2sc in next st, 4sc, 2sc in next st, 3sc – 48 sts

Rnd 9: 2sc into first st, 7 sc, 2sc into next st, 3hdc, 2dc, 2dc into next st, 4dc, 2 dc into next st, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc into next st, 6 sl st, 2sc into next st, 1hdc, 1dc, 2dc into next st, 4dc, 2dc into next st, 2dc, 3hdc, 2sc into next st, 4sc – 57 sts


Rnd 10: 1sc, 2sc into next st, complete with blind sl st (see pictures below for details)

GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseCut yarn off, learning a long tail to weave in or for stitching the 2 heart pieces together. Sew in a loop and a button as the closure for your purse. You can use a store-bought strap for your purse like I did or simply crochet your desired length of chain stitches for the strap of the bag.

GwenstellaMade Crochet SweetHeart T-shirt Yarn PurseTo give my purse a more professional finish, I also added a lining and a store-bought plastic bag chain to go with it. The lining is really optional, but for anyone who is interested in making one as well, here’s how I did mine:

  1. Create a paper pattern for the lining by tracing the shape of the heart motif on a paper. Using the paper pattern as a guide, cut 2 pieces of fabric in the main colour as your yarn, and 2 pieces as the contrast fabric.
  2. With wrong sides together, sew along the lower and side edges of the 2 pieces of fabric in main colour. Repeat this for the 2 pieces of contrast fabric. Snip notches on the bottom pointed corner.
  3. With right sides together, place the main fabric and contrast fabric pieces together. Sew along the upper edge, pivoting at the corners (as shown in the picture). Leave about 5cm of the upper edge free for turning the lining inside out. Cut notch along the curved seam.
  4. Turn the lining inside out. You should now have a lining with the main fabric on the outside and the contrast fabric on the inside.
  5. Sew the 5cm upper edge that was left unsewn using slip stitch. Press the seams if preferred.
  6. Hand stitch the lining into the bag using slip stitch.

I had so much fun taking my new purse out for a spin last weekend. This is such a fun and quirky bag, and is just the perfect size for a quick dash out of the house. If you have lots of old T-shirts lying around at home, it could also be a great upcycle craft! I hope you’ll have fun with T-shirt yarn with this pattern.

Download the FREE PDF version of this pattern which includes step-by-step progression of the rounds via my Ravelry page here. You can share your versions of your project on the Ravelry page and on my Facebook page here!


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