Lena Fedotova's Shades of White

And What About White?

This week  I have been busy finalising my sleeveless top pattern, and apart from the fact that I still need to tweak a couple of illustrations before the pattern comes out in all its glory (I promise I will publish it next week!), I don’t seem to have anything remotely entertaining to tell you today.

I do know who does, though!

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Sleeveless Crochet Top

Coming Soon and Another (Very) Grey Outfit

I am very pleased to announce that I have just finished writing up the pattern for my little grey top (the one I have been bragging about here, here and here), which means it has officially made it into the “coming soon” category!

While my fairy tech-editor is working her magic on the pattern, let me brag one more time about this design and show you another of my outfits featuring this little number.
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Sleeveless Crochet Top

Layering a Sleeveless Crochet Top

What are the chances of your crocheted top being an almost exact colour match with not one, but several items in your wardrobe? Pretty high, apparently, considering you have wisely made it in your favourite colour.

Last time I showed you the blouse match I had discovered in the depths of my wardrobe (which is not that deep, to be honest). This time, however, while I paired this top with trousers of nearly the same shade of grey, I wore it over a crisp white button-down shirt to create a smart clean-cut look:
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Crochet Swatch

How to Get the Most out of Your Crochet Swatch

“Swatches lie!” is something I hear very often, and as much as I understand the sentiment, the truth about swatches is that they don’t lie, they just don’t tell you everything. Their truth is true within the confinement of a 4″x4″ (10cmx10cm) square (or whatever the swatch size and shape happen to be), and once some other variables, such as the project size, the weight and the blocking, are introduced, this truth may no longer hold. To take this point to the extreme, the only reliable swatch of a crocheted object is … the actual crocheted object.
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wearablecrochet#streetstylecrochet

Showcase Your Wearable Crochet with #streetstylecrochet!

When it comes to social media, such as Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, my approach so far has been fairly passive. First of all, my life is not exactly “Instagrammable” and I am not sure what aspects of it would be interesting to the general public. I don’t have pets, my lunches are usually boring, and my kid’s drawings are not quite of the National Gallery standard. So, apart from occasional blog updates and pattern publication announcements, my social media “feed” has been anything but yummy.

I am, however, nosy and I lurk. I choose to observe quietly instead. Specifically, I love seeing what other people wear and how they put together an outfit. So when I go on social media, such as, say, Instagram, I like snooping around to see what crochet wearables other people make and, most importantly, how they wear them when they are out and about.
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Sleeveless Crochet Top

Adding New Twist on an Old Look with a Sleeveless Crochet Top

One of the benefits of making a piece of clothing in your favourite colour is that you probably will find a fair number of items in your wardrobe with which to combine it and get a good wear out of it. Moreover, it may actually compliment some of your existing outfit formulae so you can easily give a new twist to an old look.

Remember this grey combo I showed you? My newly crocheted top  blends in perfectly and transitions this outfit into a colder season. It adds that extra layer of warmth on a day when the sun is still there but is no longer as affectionate:
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Crochet Neckline

It’s All in the Details

OK, I may have been called fussy detail-oriented (only a couple of hundred times), but one can never be overly perfectionist with handmade clothing. There is no cutting corners when it comes to making sure that there are no hanging yarn tails or unsightly seams, and that the wrong side looks just as neat as the right side.

When I was making this vest (remember my sketch?), I knew exactly how I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be minimalistic in style, simple in shape, easy and reasonably quick to make, but, most importantly, I did not want it to look homemade.
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