Posts tagged ‘Crochet’

July 21, 2015

10 Dresses Week Two! Crocheted Swimsuit Coverup

How to Make a Swimsuit Cover Up or Sweater DressWelcome back to the second week in our summer dresses challenge! Who made the first dress? Please send me pictures if you did!

I’m not sure what to call this, really. A cover-up? A light sweater dress? Also, the fabric–is it lace, is it crocheted?

Swimsuit Coverup

Well whatever it is, I looooooove it.

You can wear it as a swimsuit coverup as I do here.

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Or you can wear it over a simple tank dress.

Swimsuit Sweater Dress

It was pretty easy to make this especially since I left the salvage as part of the hem for the bottom and the sleeves, which meant no hemming–yay! Right behind ripping up seams, hemming is probably my least favorite part about sewing. But that’s not the reason I left the neckline raw–I just liked the effect this fabric has when it’s unfinished.

The cuts are very simple. I used a tank dress for the bodice, and then added sleeves. Voila and done. Here’s the video tutorial:

I really love this dress because it’s so versatile. As a swimsuit cover-up, it’s definitely eye-catching, and the bright color goes perfect for summer and pool-side lounging.

I really love layering clothes, so I think it also looks great worn over another dress. Or maybe as a sweater over some leggings. I sometimes think I was born to live exclusively in winter months. But then again, I love bikinis and sunbathing and beaches and pools too much to really stand by that. Actually I just love clothes in general, so never mind.

The other day my best friend and I decided to take advantage of the neighborhood pool. We popped some tiny single-servings of Sutter Home Moscato wine, snacked on frozen grapes, and had a great girls’ day. It was so nice to see her and just enjoy the sunshine.

Next week we’re working on the elastic-waist, curved-hem dress. So if you’re getting ready to sew that project along with me, you’re going to need a yard of woven fabric and a length of elastic. I used the very thin kind, somewhere around 3/8″ wide. Looking forward to seeing how your projects are turning out!

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July 15, 2015

Chunky Monkey

Every winter I get this urge to crochet and knit a million things I’ll never get around to making. But I’ve always wanted a super-oversized chunky knit sweater. I guess I wanted it bad enough to actually make it this year instead of just think about making it. Except I didn’t want to knit it because it takes me much longer to knit something than it does to crochet.

So when I saw Stephanie’s super cute crocheted sweater–not to mention her easy tutorial and pattern–I had no excuses.

I pretty much followed her exact instructions and duplicated her sweater. I really love the way it turned out, though I do feel a little silly when I wear it since I live in Southern California and it rarely drops below seventy here. 😛

I drive by this beautiful park every morning and finally had a chance to stop by today. It’s a golf course technically, but I’m up at dawn to get some work done which means no one is around. Better for me. 🙂

Everyone at the office likes to make fun of me because I’m a huge fan of bananas. (That’s what she said!) If the potassium overdose didn’t give me heart attack symptoms, I’d eat nothing but bananas. Thus I have been nicknamed the Office Monkey. Which goes pretty well with the fact that I’m wearing my chunky heel, cut-out boots with my chunky crocheted sweater.

I love everything about these shoes. I especially love chunky heels, obviously because they’re much easier to walk in than toothpick stilettos. But I just love the look of them too.

The cutouts are super cute. The only hard part is…what socks do I wear?

Maybe the ones you’re supposed to wear with flats? But that would look funny. So I just gave up and wore regular socks. Sorry for the faux pas, but I’d rather not smell and slip and slide all day because I’m human and my feet sweat. Gross, I know.shoes

:: Outfit Details ::

Crocheted Chunky Sweater (made by yours truly with like 6 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn following All About Amy’s pattern, now available on my Etsy shop)
Fit and Flare Floral Pleated Dress (made by moi, tutorial here!)
Leggings, oops I mean Knit Pants ($6 from Ross)
Charlotte Russe Chunky Heel Cutout Boots ($10 from here)
Cross Over Body Bag (about $30 from H&M)

June 23, 2015

Crocheted Knit-Like Hat

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My husband always complains that I never make him anything, while my closet is overflowing with clothes. So I finally got down to business and made him a very simple hat. It’s crocheted but the stitches look knitted, and it took about half an hour to make. Really, it’s that easy.

Don’t believe me? I made a tutorial to show you just how simple it is. 

I used a size 10MM crochet hook and some Bernat Soft Chunkee yarn. Here’s the simple pattern:

Cast on 26 single chains or enough so that the length measures from the crown of your head to your eyebrows. If you want a fold at the brim of the hat, cast on a few extra single chains.

Half double crochet in the BACK STITCH ONLY for the next row, and then for the rest of the hat until it is wide enough to wrap around your head.

Once you’re finished, you should have a crocheted rectangle. Again, the length should be equal to the crown of your head to at least your eyebrows, and the width should be equal to the circumference of your head.

Fold your “fabric” in half, making sure the stripes or rows are vertical. Stitch down the side with a knitting needle. (In the video, I didn’t have one on hand, so I just used my crochet hook.) Then either with a knitting needle or a crochet hook like me, gather the top of the head with a piece of yarn, tighten, bind the yarn, snip, and flip it inside out.

You can add a pom pom for extra oomph! But since this is for my husband and he has enough oomph as it is, I decided to leave it out. 🙂

Voila. You have a crocheted hat that looks like it was knitted. And it will only take you about half an hour to make, depending on how awesome you are.

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June 19, 2015

Joann’s Fabric Haul

I know I’ve got a serious shopping addiction, but fabric doesn’t count right? I mean, it’s more of a necessity than anything, like groceries or utility bills. Y’know? Right?

After making sure I’ve got my Joann’s coupon with me (and then promptly forgetting it in the car), I headed to the nearest store, which is this huge superstore during my lunch. I KNOW. I WORK NEAR A JOANN’S SUPERSTORE. I pretty much knew that I wanted to work in this office when I saw the Joann’s. Just kidding. But not really.

I was so happy to discover that all apparel knits were on sale for 50% off! Yipee!

Then of course, I proceeded to the cutting table, where about twenty ladies were waiting in line. This place is so huge that you have to take a number in order to get your fabric cut. Not to worry though because Joann ladies are super fast and get you in and out quickly. I had enough time during my lunch to browse fabric, get it cut, grab some extra needles, and head for the front lanes–it’s probably a good thing that I go during lunch, otherwise I’d be there forever and end up emptying my bank account into the store.

So here’s what I got:

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A couple lovely floral knits, both half off.

What do I plan to make with this? you ask silently in my head. DRESSES. Cute, summer dresses. Because who can have enough sundresses. No one. Not me. No matter how many times my husband says so. Or how many new hangers I have to buy to supplement my clothing addiction.

But enough about me, on to the fabric. I’m going to make some fit-and-flare dresses out of these because I’m so in love with that cut right now and it’s flattering on just about any body shape. Mostly though, I just want to re-create one of my favorite dresses:

This thing has shrunken to become more like a shirt because I’ve worn and washed it that much. It fits lovely still, but just a tad too short for my comfort. I hate to see it die, so I’m going to keep it around to make more! And maybe upload a tutorial along the way. 😉

Of course I can never leave Joann’s without buying half the remnants section. Everything here is a great deal because it’s all half off. The only problem is I go a little crazy and then I buy a lot of fabric that I willllllll eventually get around to one day some day maybe I don’t know when I have time this weekend or next year or something who knows.

Jet set knit

I love using jet set knit for lining because it’s light and inexpensive. Also, it’s one of the few knits that are extremely easy to work with.

Maybe I’ll make a tank dress out of this lovely navy blue lace, and use the yellow lining underneath? I love pairing blue with yellow. What do you think of that?

I seriously have no idea what I’m going to do with this floral print. I just really love it. I’m obsessed with floral, teal (or any derivative of aquamarine) right now so it’s no wonder that I grabbed this.

This coral arrow print was another impulse grab. I don’t know what I’m going to make with it! Someone give me some inspiration, please. 🙂

The deal is that I have to use up all of these fabrics before I can go back and buy anything else. And right now I’m dying to grab some mustard yellow chunky yarn to make some beanies. Yes, in the middle of summer. My itch to stitch comes at the worse times.

What are you guys planning to make this summer?

November 4, 2013

Upcycle T-shirts into Beanies!

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As the weather drops it’s difficult not to think about warm hats, hoodies, and of course Christmas sweaters! I always get the itch to knit around the holidays and I’m notorious for making crocheted and knitted hats for all my friends and family. (Not sure if this is a good thing, but I haven’t heard anyone complaining…)

Of course, at Bumbling Panda we’re all about going green and recycling, upcycling, and giving every piece of clothing a second chance. So I pulled out a couple worn t-shirts from my thrift haul and mulled over what to do with them. It didn’t take long for that ah-ha! moment to hit. Then I grabbed a pair of scissors, snip snip snipped, and turned my t-shirts into a beanie. It took about three t-shirts to make this beanie, but it is pretty loose and slouchy on me, just how I like it. It’s super comfy and really thick and warm! Perfect for the cold weather (although I do live in Southern California, so I might be over-exaggerating the coldness here).

If you plan on making your own t-shirt beanie, send me a pic of it! I’d love to see how it turned out. Here’s a helpful video on how to turn your t-shirt into yarn to knit or crochet whatever you want. It doesn’t have to stop at hats! Turn that t-shirt into whatever your heart desires and keep on dressing responsibly!