Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Finished Project: Pinwheel Skirt!

okay wow i just noticed this post has been half written, well more like 1/4 written in my draft box for well over a month...basically i fail at posting.

since i can't seem to only work on one project at a time, i need to be working at least 5 at all times. while still in my head planning future projects i need to attempt. i got to thinking i should share finished projects as well as the random work in progress posts(cause that makes the most sense right?). this is a pinwheel skirt that i recently finished. i kept repeatedly coming across this PATTERN and every time i saw it i kept thinking that skirt is so cute and chic and i need to make it.

so i went searching through my fabric stash and came across both this navy linen fabric and a black. i contemplated for awhile which to use. but i always was leaning more toward the navy so i of course went for that one.

i also really like the idea of adding some type of trim or lacy accent details onto the skirt. i then rummaged through my ribbon stash and decided on using a basic white 5/8" lace ribbon so not to make the skirt too overwhelming and keep with the more sophisticated chic look i wanted to achieve.

for the waist band, i decided i really liked the look of the longer waistband, the the girl used in her pattern. i believe she used a 4", i decided to go for a 4.5". i am very happy with the length of it and i think it really adds to the sophisticated or chic look i was going for. while also being very flattering because it accents your waist to give a very slimming effect. which is always a plus!

as for the zipper i went for just a basic exposed zipper in the back because i thought it would look best with the style of the skirt and i am just kind of a fan of exposed zippers in general. i like the look they give. besides with the pleats and layers in the skirt trying to add a invisible zipper seemed pretty impossible.

as for the length i decided on wanting it to be on the longer side so i made it about slightly past the knee.

i love the look of this skirt and am sooooooooo happy with the way it turned out. i adore the layered look, the pleats and the overall shape of it. i think it definitely has an eye catching look to it. i only wish my pictures could do it justice.

now if only i could find a place to wear this gorgeous skirt!!

also for the record i definitely wouldn't wear it with the yellow cami i was wearing in the pictures... i was just so excited when i finished it i took pictures immediately and happened to be wearing a yellow cami that day and also neglected to clean the typical of me.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Plarn=Plastic Bag Yarn

it occurred to me a few days ago while i was for the zillionth time re-stuffing all these random overflowing plastic bags into yet another (this time giant paper)bag beside my vanity that i had to do something with them. i had thought about this before, thinking the only thing to do with them would be throw them away. but couldn't get myself to do it cause i felt guilty because of the environment and all that the manatees!

so getting to the point i remembered something i saw at one point on pinterest about "plarn" or making/turning plastic bags into a sort of thread to then crochet things with it and since i was i guess in an active mood. i decided right then was the time to attempt this. so i ran upstairs(seriously it was a semi sprint...) and grabbed all the plastic bags i could easily find in my room. which i then brought downstairs and dumped on the floor in the tv room(pictured above). ohhh i forgot before i brought them downstairs i sorted out some of the plastic bags i found because they were made of that super crunchy crinkly plastic and left them behind.

so i went about folding the bags in half, then in half again. then cut the handles off and then cut them into roughly 1 inch strips. i realized through trial and error that if you fold them more nicely, like tucking in the sides of the bags before you fold them. when you cut them they turn out a lot neater and not all jagged or crooked(might or might not be common sense). i also realized i had an unhealthy amount of plastic bags from target...

i then went about connecting them together and rolling them into a ball. i guess i could attempt to explain how you connect them together...

so they are  all cut into loops now. taking an end of the "new loop" aka the one your adding, and pull it up through the previous loop and over(around that loop) and back through the other end of the "new loop". then pull both of the loops to tighten the knot so they are now connected, basically the same way you would tie two rubber bands to each other. try to make the sides of the loops as even as possible to each other so they can all chain together nicely. then roll them into a ball for convenience and to avoid tangles.

then ta-da, you now have made plarn!

since, this was my first attempt making or using "plarn" i was very skeptical of it in general and decided not to plan what i wanted to make. partly to avoid disappointment if it had turned into a disaster. so i just started crocheting it in a circle and i am just going from there basically.

i still have no definite idea what it is i am making yet, i am semi thinking i should make it into a rug. its currently a bit larger than it was in the first picture now(foot and a half, give or take).

as for the whole "plarn" color scheme making strands that are a singular color could be used to add striped details. although i really like the multi-color effect it looks kind of like splattered paint!