Thursday, July 23, 2009

3, 2, 1 Skirt

Oh wow! It's an update! Okay people. Here's the thing, I've started sewing again. Not exactly knitting (or knit fabric), but it's a start, right? I'm doing something with needles.

The first thing I've made recently is a top for summer. It took me a good few days to make it since I wasn't using a pattern and had to keep tyring it on to make sure it fit well enough to wear in public without flashing anyone. Fun.

Here it is:

Now, the skirt (that I've dubbed the 3 ,2 ,1 Skirt) is a three tiered skirt. It's composed of three strips of fabric (hence the 3 part of the name) that are cut at three different lengths. When sewn together, the tops have been basted so that it can be bunched to fit the bottom of the piece above. The 2 part of the name is because I started it yesterday afternoon and will be finishing it today - 2 days to make it. This probably won't be true the next time I make one of these since I could have been done with it yesterday had I not sewn a piece on wrong side out. Go me. The 1 part of the name is because it's one skirt. Creative, huh? Don't sprain yourself rolling your eyes too hard.

I cannot take credit for coming up with this skirt. I originally got the idea from my best friend's mom about 5 years ago. The one I made then doesn't fit me right now because I've had two kids since then. Someday, though. This skirt, however, with the elastic at the waist, will fit even after I've lost the weight because the design is so awesome. I've taken pictures of the skirt so far since all that's left to do is the bottom hem and finish the top with elastic in the band.

Note: It has not been ironed yet.

Just though I'd actually throw in something knit, so I'll share with you the beanie I made for my older son last year. It's knit and it's the second beanie I've made without the Knifty Knitter. Yay for not being lazy! Below are more pictures of it and a picture of my son modeling it the few seconds he actually kept it on. He's worn it a bit more since then (and for longer periods of time), but right now it's summer and there's no way I'd make him wear it in this heat.
I don't remember how long it took me to make it. Since I was working at the time, it was longer than it should have been (a month?). And if you look to the picture at the left, you can see a swirl. That was actaully an oopsie that turned out cooler than I thought. Instead of the usual 6 decreases in a given row, I did 5. So, my mistake is your new technique if you want to add a little extra to your beanie. Tell your friends. And, yes, the brim is an alternating k2, p2. How original, huh?