A Vintage Crochet Turban Pattern

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I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.

crochet turban pattern for sale, pdf

It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try.  I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob.  If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.

So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.

Enjoy! – Jeni

The work table today…

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Today I draped some peplums on the half-size dress form. I’ve been thinking of making these for months but something has been holding me back, today everything just clicked for me and I was able to finally start.

draped peplum 2draped peplum 1

This is the first finished peplum and it’s really beautiful. I got this fabric at Mood this summer. It has a black cotton background with brown satin stripes.

finished peplum 2

This peplum ties around the waist with a drawstring of the same fabric and on the back there are buttons to hold it in place and extra buttons inside so that you can adjust the width of the peplum at the waist.

peplum back

I’m working on some in other fabrics including one from crisp white poplin with a rounded shirttail hem that will resemble a men’s shirt.

Have you noticed what’s happening with hips?

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One of the things that really stood out for me in the Fall 2012 collections, aside from the fact that Spring’s pastels are going to get a smack down from Fall’s very bold palette, is the action going on in the hip area.

With peplums on everything from tops to pants and some just flat out distorted silhouettes the hips were a huge focus for fall.  Style.com described Stella McCartney’s collection as being “…how women want to dress now.” I for one don’t mind having a little extra wiggle room in my shirt dress but I have to wonder where is this coming from and, more interestingly, where is it going?

What’s in a Muslin?

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Since every minute of my free time and some of my not so free time is spent worrying, doodleing, and actually working on my senior thesis, I have no time for crafting. So, I thought maybe you would like to see exactly what goes into designing a small collection.  I say small because we are required to design and build between 4 and 8 complete looks.  Of course I have a lot to say so I’m doing 8.  That’s 8 fully dressed models and I am hoping to make hords of accessories like hats, shoes, bags and jewelry.

The first step is to develop a concept which can really be anything that inspires you.  In my studio we have designers who are inspired by the senses, under water creatures, Michael Jackson, synaesthesia, medieval music, and garments as musical instruments, just to name a few.

My concept is based on a Terry Gilliam movie called Tideland about a little girl who is utterly inocent to the point of makeing viewers uncomfortable.  She is left all alone with her friends the bodyless doll heads that she talks to, the firefly ‘fairies’, and the squirles in the attic.

tideland for web

I love her fearlessness, imagination, ability to make me uncomfortable, and her ability to defy death by ignoring it.

Once you have established your concept, you just start sketching, and sketching, and sketching… I find myself doodling constantly.  At some point you are supposed to have an ah-ha moment when you stop sketching, you pick your final designs and move on.  I never seem to reach this point.  Oh, I move on but the thinking and sketching just never stops and this can become confusing because now I have to start to making things…

Next, the patterns.  Lots of paper, lots of tape, pencil smudges all over my face; this is my favorite part.  Without a good pattern you will not have a good garment.

pattern making better

This is my wall of patterns so far:

pattern wal

Probably only 1/4 of the patterns I will end up making.  These are priceless.  Well, to me anyway.

Once you have a pattern that you think is going to do what you want it to, you make a muslin.  A muslin is a garment that is made from very simple fabric, usually unbleached cotton or something that resembles what your final fabric will be.

tux dress better

You fit this muslin on your model and make corrections by pinning or drawing right on it.  Then you transfer those changes to the pattern and yup, make ANOTHER muslin.  It isn’t unusual to make 3-5 muslins of one garment.  How many garments am I making again?

The things that don’t fit into this time line that you just have to squeeze in there between sketching, muslins and awful sociology classes, are the fabric research and shopping, fittings with models, critiques, eating, sleeping…

So, this is where I’m at so far and what has been occupying my time for the past 7 weeks.  I’m making some patterns and some muslins, and soon I will make the jump to final fabric.  Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it.