Saddle up!

Saddle up!

Saddle up! by gypso featuring a felt hat

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

Wildfox Couture loose t shirt
$220 - coggles.com

Anastasia beauty product
$40 - nelly.com

Litecraft halogen light
$91 - debenhams.com

Ceramic cup
$79 - luisaviaroma.com

Small item storage
containerstore.com

True Grace fragrance candle
$23 - conranshop.co.uk

HAY paris wrapping paper
$4.11 - connox.com

Brown home decor
chapters.indigo.ca

Instax mini 8
$115 - fujifilm.co.uk

Daisies, Mini 939
objectsandelements.com

The places I go for work – Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

So my colleagues and I  went to Hyderabad for Sabysachi’s show to a rather ubergrand Falaknuma place which is now turned into a luxury hotel courtesy Taj Hotels. The building’s foundation was laid  in the 1880′s and is lavish in all the old worldly ways This magnificent architecture is now restored in the taste of the Nizams retaining the eclectic blend of Renaissance architecture, Baroque style, French charm and  art deco sensibilities.

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Doesn’t the bright fuchsia wrap look super chic against the architecture? ^^^^^

We were ushered in on the horse drawn carriage. I was blushing.

Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu and now you’ll see why…

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^This spot was truly magical!

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Frescoes on the ceilings… mammoth sized ballrooms, dining halls, oh the glory!ImageImage

During the show, which was held at this grand dining area, the models were gliding around the long table, to the mesmerizing live performance by Ms. Bombay Jayashri. The space was heavy with Oud and incense. See link below for Bombay Jayashri’s live performance pictures via Thehindu http://bit.ly/1aGnK2i

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The plates were Versace with gilded gold details.

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Special thanks to my boss Sabya for an amazing time. He’s a hero!

This is me on the invites :)

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For more info about the collection that was showcased see http://bit.ly/1jklt1K and http://bit.ly/1e9HtoM

And here is a  picture of us in a tub -

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Thanks for reading! Later!

broody oriental

broody oriental

Donna Karan black top
$1,200 - harveynichols.com

Raoul black brocade pants
my-wardrobe.com

Black kimono
$37 - newlook.com

Marchesa evening clutch
marissacollections.com

DANNIJO drop earrings
theoutnet.com

Reinhard plank hat
farfetch.com

Eyeshadow
$12 - marksandspencer.com

Lime Crime nail polish
karmaloop.com

Stripe rug
rhbabyandchild.com

Nearly Natural floral decor
nearlynatural.com

Ficus plant
artificialplantsandtrees.com

Quail serveware
$18 - liberty.co.uk

Floral bouquet
kirklands.com

Chilli Flavour Hot Chocolate
$8.85 - whittard.co.uk

DIY LATTE ART INSPIRED CLOTHING

Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk.

Rosettas, hearts, apples and Macchiatos are just few motifs these rare, extremely talented artists whip up. We take it for granted so often and forget the first time we ever saw one gently sitting on top of our frothy mugs of coffee, hot chocolate or chai lattes. Have you tried your hand at it? I have and it’s not easy! I’m sure it’s got something to do with balancing your chi and becoming one with your caffeine… stuff like that, so I’ll get on to something more plausible. Design. I love the part-coffee-part-cream cloud ombre. Latte art is beautiful! So won’t it be cool to wear something that has a hint of it? I’ve been mulling it over ever since…
So, now here I am using the art of skilled artists (and excellent coffee makers) as an inspiration for a clothing concept. But first you have to see these beauties! :)

An example of a "Rosetta"

An example of a “Rosetta”

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They call it the super etch! Credit goes to Chris Thompson of CoffeeGeek

They call this the super etch! Credit goes to Chris Thompson of CoffeeGeek

For more eye-feast see: this

And now here comes the DIY! I made this hand painted top from scratch and I will show you how to make your own. :)

latte cofee inspired top diy

Well, I think it is from scratch. Considering the fact everyone has a tee that fits them perfectly because that’s basically what you will need. I do draft my own patterns often. But to display the process would be quite embarrassing. :p

SO LET’S GET STARTED!
I decided to make a hand painted jersey top with a clean and relaxed silhouette.  If you have a surging  machine it’s better but if you don’t (like me) you can use a single needle machine or ask a friend/parent to sew it for you. You may use your hand needle too since it’s super easy!

I had a top in my closet that I really like. It fits me well and I’m going to be using it as my guide to tracing the pattern. Nothing technical.
Find one that fits you well preferably a loose tank without any sleeves. This is mine:
flared jersey embellished top

You’ll need about a meter and a half/1 yard and a half of tubular knited fabric; that’s jersey in my case. A minimum 140 cm width is good.
My fabric is linen jersey with slubby yarn bits. I think it adds a great texture and looks delicious :)

linen slub jersey fabric detail

These are the things you’ll need to make your own:

1. Fabric : lightweight Jersey 140cm x 100cm

2. Sharp scissors

3. Needle and thread (if you decide to hand sew the seams)

4. Paper & pencil/pen

5. Marking chalk/washable fabric marker

6. Inch tape

7.  Rotary cutter (optional)

8. Ruler

9. Pins to hold the fabric seams together

10. Sewing machine

11. Thread of the same color as the fabric. In the bobbin too.

things you will need

Turn tee inside out to reveal the seams.
Observe the grain of the fabric and place your tee ‘on fold’ in the direction of the knitted rows i.e. length wise like so:

tracing the pattern

Placing it on fold will give you a symmetrical, single front panel.
To trace the pattern flatten out all creases and chalk out the edges:
chalking the pattern

Trace the neck:
tracing neckline

Once you have all the edges traced add a seam allowance with your trusty ruler; 1/4th of an inch is standard. You may add 1 cm if you want any adjustments made later or if you’re new to the sewing machine. Just dot the added measurement and then join the dots. Simple.

seam allowancce

Level the bottom into a clean straight line. if your top has a curved hem follow that line.
If you want an added hem length or want to go short for an… exposé midriff… ehe ehe ahem… add or subtract your inches/cms now!

level bottom

Now chop! chop!
Cut the pattern out. Both layers together while keeping the  fabric firmly on a solid surface. Don’t lift or move the traced fabric because we’re trying to get a clean mirrored pattern on both sides.
cutting

Pin the edges and place this piece as the new guide for the back panels. I wanted my back panel to have a seam in the center. I think it will be a nice little detail.
Place it on the folded fabric the opposite way. This way saves fabric too…

tracing back panel

Manipulate the armhole dip of the back panels to make a racer back. Use your chalk over the existing trace.
Remember to add seam allowance to the center back… there’s a seam here.
cutting center back

Trace and cut the new panels.
Now sew the center back with ‘right sides’ facing each other inside.

how to sew center back

Open the sewn edges and press with you nails to open.
Add a top stitch on both sides of the seam. Keep the lines fairly parallel to each other.

stitching closeup2

NOW COMES THE PAINT!

I’m sure everybody prefers a little art on their coffee. It sure can make me smile. I’ve spent hours trying to deconstruct the motifs.
Best way to create an interesting print would be to keep sketching and try out different shapes, textures and lines.

sketch

First layer with burn sienna mixed with little white.

 making layered print

Second layer with burnt sienna mixed with a little black.
making layered print2

Third layer with pure white.
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Look at your doodles from all angles and work in layers.

I’ve used Acrylic fabric paint in burnt sienna, black and white to make three shades. I added a little an acrylic medium to thin out the paint.

It’s good if you don’t water because the color won’t last long. It won’t bleed or rub onto other clothes but will definitely fade out in a couple of washes. But you’re the boss of your latte tee so you can use water if you can’t find the medium. There are no rules.

Use a synthetic brush because I’ve noticed it slicks the paint easily on fabric and sheds less bristles in acrylic medium.
Make easy simple strokes and always relax your mind when you paint. You won’t be able to undo any strokes but if you hurry and paint you might not like the process and eventually the result. SO. Take your time and enjoy the process. That’s how I roll! :)

And this is me in action…
coffee wisps

latte art strokes top view

latte art strokes

latte art closeup

painting with burnt sienna acrylic fabric paint

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painting latte motif closeup

latte motif final print closeup

Let it dry completely between the colors to get this effect but if you want to experiment with runny marbled colors you should totally try painting on a wet cloth surface. See how mine turned out:
rosette painting

Okay so now all you have to do is let it dry out completely for 24 hours.
To make the print ‘fast’ iron on the reversed side of the print with a medium to hot iron.

ironing the print to set

To assemble the tee attach shoulders and then the sides of the front and back panel keeping the right sides inside facing each other.
Turn it inside out and DONE!

latte cofee inspired top hanger 2 diy
Here’s how mine finally looks… I didn’t finish armhole, neckline seams and bottom hem because well, jersey doesn’t fray!

latte cofee inspired top profile diy
latte cofee inspired clothing diy

latte cofee inspired top back diy

If you thought this was easy I am already proud of you. Can you think of all the things you can make using these techniques? Tracing, sewing and printing… there are many kinds of fabrics, colors, motifs and prints. Think of all the combinations. If you observe the way clothes are sewn together heck you could make your own wardrobe! Try one at a time though so that you know how you are doing.

Let each piece you create be motivation for the next!

If you decide to make something send me a link. I’d love to see what you did. :)
Hope I did the tutorial justice.
Please leave me a comment!

Love,
Divya

Better latte than never

"Coffee & Design" Calligraphy by Renato Molnar

Sorry I’m late. Blogging is such a daunting task! It just looks easy when you see other people doing it and be like ”yeah I’ll do it! I’ll write a blog.” And the next weekend be like ”Ca…n’t… reach… computermachine”. Yeah, I realize nobody calls it that. That’s why I’m a hipster.

So, this is what I found on my table and a raging love for latte art!

latte art Rosetta

latte art Rosetta

I’m making it my official new inspiration to make new clothes or look like a Caffeine slap when I walk down those streets wearing that *#it – whatever floats your boat.

I do call myself a risk taker and lots of people I meet everyday (because of my active social life) say that I’m an adrenaline junkie. Not really. But come on, you know this stuff is pretty extreme. How do they even pour milk and make it look all curly and pretty?! I will find out and be posting some new stuff soon that hopefully looks like latte art! So, shrug. And yes, it would be a DIY.
HERE IS THE LINK http://wp.me/p32InS-V