DIY Circle Skirt Reboot!

11 August 2016

Hi guys! I have another repost for you. It's been a little gloomy here lately and I'm dreaming of Fall! I don't know why but in my brain this skirt is a fall skirt. I love it so much that as soon as I get home I'm going to dig it out and wear it tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy and give it a try!
Happy Thursday!


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October 14, 2015

This weekend Blake and I are celebrating our birthdays in Beaver Creek. Our birthdays are about 2 weeks apart so it's fun to plan a trip or something for us to do together instead of big gifts... although presents do make things even sweeter ;)  But while were up here we're spending our time hiking, drinking a lot of wine, and eating a lot of pizza. My favorite things!

Today we went on a little picnic in this pretty park, people watched and drank. Juuuust as we were getting comfy and tipsy the sprinklers all went off. That's what you get for tryin' to be cute!

I was getting a little sick of the Van Morrison pandora station Blake chose but it was an abrupt ending to our little trip.

Anyway, while we were out we shot some pictures for this weeks DIY Friday tutorial! I always feel really stupid when people are walking by and I'm posing by a lamp post or something and Blake is taking weird "artsy" pictures through branches. Buuut oh well! Im sure I'll get over it someday.

This tutorial is for the simplest project you'll ever do! This skirt can easily be completed in under an hour. I love this skirt because the texture makes it easy to carry you from summer to fall and even to winter (especially if you've somewhere warmer).

I found this fabric at JoAnn's and knew I wanted it but wasn't sure what to do with it. Sometimes I just walk around carrying the bolts with me hoping the inspiration hits me before I have to leave. I have a rule about buying fabric without a purpose.. it saves me a lot of money. This is a knit but its a little heavier since its quilted. It does make it a bit harder to get though your sewing machine, especially near the zipper but it's nothing you can't handle!





Tutorial

Materials: 

1.5 yards heavy knit for quilted knit
Matching thread
6 inch zipper 

Step 1. Follow the formula above to find the circumference of your waist. Mark the center of the fold and measure out from there to get your waist cut out. Measure down from there to make the skirt as long as you'd like. For reference, I cut my skirt 17 inches long.  Use your waist measurement to find the length you need for you waistband. Cut this out as well. 

Step 2. Find the center of your skirt and cut a 4.5 inch slit to allow for the zipper. This also makes installing your waistband easier. 

Step 3. Iron out your waistband and fold it in half hotdog style, iron and then fold the raw edges in about 1 cm and iron again. Now you should have a nice uniform waistband piece. It should be about 2 inches tall when folded. 

Step 4. Pin your skirt and waistband together, putting the skirt piece into the fold and securing. It may start to look a little wavy when you get about halfway through but just try to keep track of how fabric you're pinning into the fold. 

Step 5. Sew along the bottom of the waistband, then hem the skirt and iron everything out again. 

Step 6. Install your zipper! You're done!!

See, so easy!!! 

Be sure to tag me in any photos if you try this skirt for yourself. I promise you'll love it! 



Wandering

10 August 2016

Hi guys! 


So I know I have been doing that annoying thing lately where people give vague clues about what they've been up to, or what's "in the works" that will will share as soon as they're able to.... and then it takes forever and you're just left wondering what their thing is. BUT I swear I will really will spill the beans soon.
In the mean time I can give you a few hints in the form of a life update. A vague, annoying one ;) 

We have been working really hard on cleaning out our house. Anything we don't need goes - and it is shocking how much stuff you have that when you put it away for a while you completely forget that you have it. We have so much of that stuff so we have been selling, selling, selling, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We trying to get down to only what we use routinely. I'm a toss it kind of person but Blake is more sentimental. His box of 'keep it' stuff is much bigger than mine. Even clothes... If I haven't worn it yet this summer, it goes and if I didn't wear it last winter it goes. It feels good guys!
I just don't need Christmas glasses, as much fun as they are. 

Nexttttt...We bought an RV! I know that seems like an old people thing to do but we have been thinking about it for a really long time and finally pulled the trigger. It's so cool! And also, kind of dorky. It has the worlds ugliest interior upholstery.. think red and black racing stripes... but I can fix that with a little fabric. It was funny because Blake and I were sitting at the dealership getting a tour from an older gentleman who was teaching us everything we need to know and I mentioned that the fabric wasn't my style and he said "I think it's super cool!" I flipped into people pleaser mode and immediately changed my tune. 
"Oh yeah! I love it to!! Im just worried about the dogs ruining it because its so nice! Otherwise I wouldn't change a thing!"

I'm always a little disappointed in myself when I do that. But oh well - no harm I suppose. 

We also got paddle boards! We have been really wanting to be more active and get into a little bit of a different lifestyle than we have here in our small town. I like a lot of things about living here and being in such a small place. For one thing, I feel really safe here in our neighborhood, which is really worth a lot. On the other hand, we have to drive quite a while to get to things that we really like to do. So! We thought that we would force our own hands a little bit and get expensive toys that we will hate to see sitting around. Hopefully, we can get the dogs used to them fairly quickly and make it a family affair. We're definitely going to try because I already bought a doggy lifejacket and it's the cutest thing I have ever seen. I literally squealed when I saw Huckleberry in it. That boy just kills me with his fat head. 

In sewing news, I'm back at it! I found the motivation everyone! I have a lot that I'm working on now and I'm excited to show it all to you soon! Check Instagram for some sneak peeks this weekend!

Next in this loooong winded post is the Olympics! I am so sad that we don't have live tv anymore! I feel like I'm missing everything since all we have now is glitchy Apple TV. I'm trying to follow along a little bit but I'm mostly just reading snarky buzzfeed articles. I'm not sad about it though because their headlines are so funny - for instance "A high school student just won gold for Australia, what have you done with your life?"  There are also a ton of Michael Phelps memes that I enjoy.

Annd! I almost forgot! Follow Leslie Jones on Twitter @Lesdoggg
You won't be sorry. She's so enthusiastic about the olympics that team USA needed her there in person and paid for her trip! So cool! Those beach volleyball players won't know what hit them when she gets there tomorrow.

Okay, have a great week everyone! Come back Friday morning for a little lace up DIY! 
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