The cardigan I wore in my last post is actually a thrift store refashion that I pretty much tried out on a whim. That’s the thing I love about thrift store refashions, I can practice my sowing skills and even if I mess up, I only lose a few dollars from the cost of the garment.
This black and beige cardigan was actually a really oversized zipped up sweater that I bought at the salvation army for 4$. The shape of it was literally a huge square. I wore it a few times before by having it unzipped and open. I would also wear a belt so that my body wouldn’t be lost in all of that fabric. But it still wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I pulled out the sowing machine and refashioned it into something that I would want to wear more often.
And that’s how I ended up with this rounded cardigan refashion. It was so easy to do, I don’t know why I didn’t bother doing it earlier. I just traced out the shaped I wanted, rounding out the bottom edge. Then folded it lengthwise so that the cut would be perfectly mirrored on both sides, cut the fabric, then sowed down the raw edges with a straight stitch. I would write a more detailed tutorial, but for this particular DIY, there really isn’t anything more I can say cause I basically didn’t plan anything and just tried it out. And thankfully it worked!
Now I have this casual rounded knit cardigan that’s still a bit oversized but drapes a lot better when I wear it. And it only cost me 4$ and took 2 hours of sowing. Two hours cause I’m still a total beginner with the sowing machine.
I’m not the type to fiddle much with many different lenses when I go out to shoot. I tend to have that one favourite lens that I know really well so it never leaves my camera body. For the longest time, I just settled with the standard lens that came with my DSLR. But now that I’m working and can spare a bit of cash on a new lens, well, I may have splurged a bit and got myself two in the past few months. And most recently, I bought the Canon 85mm f1.8 secondhand for a pretty good price. I am incredibly indecisive when it comes to equipment. I’ve researched so much on lenses for the past year and was really excited to upgrade from my standard lens but worried it wouldn’t be the best lens for me. I’ve been eyeing the 85mm for at least 8 months. 8 months! But I finally decided to get it when I found a good deal. On top of that, I have a photography gig in May. Which will be the first time I’m ever paid to do photography. (That photoshoot with Lena doesn’t count cause they gave me kimchi instead of cash). So I figured it would be a good opportunity for me to widen my skills with different lenses.
So I tested out the lens with Lena and Lily a while ago and was able to play around with the bokeh and the perfectly timed fluffy snowfall. I was okay without my coat for the first 10 minutes but you can tell by my cheeks that it definitely wasn’t a comfortable temperature. But I didn’t feel that cold, I’m Canadian after all.
Cardigan •DIY Salvation Army / Chiffon shirt •Small asian store / Dotted dress •H&M / Boots •Aldo / Scarf • Handmade by mum / Thanks for the pics Lily and Lena!
After a meeting for a freelance project, my friend Andrew and I had some spare time before heading out to supper with friends. It was the golden hour as well, the last hour of light before the sun sets, and I had my camera and felt like taking pictures. So we went exploring around his parent’s neighbourhood and I got to visit parts of Montreal I had no idea existed because they are hidden in residential areas I never go through. I love it when that happens. So we walked by a frozen lake and climbed over some low fences into this abandoned concrete building repurposed into a walking area/park? I honestly don’t know what this place is, but it was nice to explore despite being closed off for the winter. I almost slid on ice and broke my neck, but I got pretty pictures so it’s all worth it.
Coat and sweather • Salvation Army / Backpack and skirt • Zipia / Shoes • Converse / Necklace • Forever 21 / Scarf • Handmade by mum / Thanks for the pics Andrew!