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
Pattern:
 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

VINTAGE OF THE MONTH

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.

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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

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