Thursday, September 1, 2011

Our Creative Spaces - MOF 1

Sometimes you know you have to do things, finish things... but it just doesn't 
happen for a long time. Alisa mentioned having a month of finishing (MOF) a 
couple of weeks ago and I decided it was long overdue for me too. 


Do you remember this skirt? It's from way back in January. A crochet hexagon 
make-it-up-as-you-go-along kind of skirt. 





Of course, the problem with those kind of craftings is that they so often go 
wrong. It's been sitting in my craft room for months now... ever since I realised
that my improvised waistband had made it about two sizes too big....









































The original idea was to draw it together with some braid... but there's only so far you 
can draw crocheted hexagons and the clumpy look was not good.



 Then I decided my clumpy waistband would actually look quite sweet 
as the hem edging...  so I flipped it around.

I remembered the amazing shirred fabric I bought on my trip to Chicago 
(It was love at first sight. I knew it would come in handy!) ... and so it has :)


I cut off a strip less than the skirt width (winging it again) and sewed it to the 
now-top of the skirt. There was a cheat factor here, though – I didn't have 
any more of the yarn, so instead of crocheting half-hexes to make a straight 
edge, I sewed along and cut off half of every second hex ;)




One finished crochet hexagon skirt with shirred fabric waistband :) 
I can't believe how it all seemed to come together this time... serendipity.










































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36 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

It is gorgous. This is exactly how I approach most projects!

Rie said...

...and it looks fantastic! And that shirred fabric was made for it - exactly the same colour too!

coco said...

oh i love your skirt. this is so cute.

Christina said...

Ha! I love a sneaky craft fix and you have pulled this off beautifully. Another gem in your crochet crown. :)

PS. I notice this also counts as finishing a previously discarded object, so more points for that too of course!

Sally said...

I LOVE it! Fantastic. What a wonderful skirt to start the spring :) Brilliant.

You are so clever and creative. Admiring your style big time from here.

LionessLady said...

Oh my gosh - that is so clever and super pretty! Well done.

Tammi said...

It's fantastic and I love the way you improvised with the waist/hem.

nicole said...

oh wow! it looks fabulous!
great improvisation, sometimes winging it is the only way to go!
xo

Debra said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!.....far out freaking fabulous!!

Ingrid Mida said...

What a fab solution! The skirt looks lovely on you. It's funny but sometimes problem solving leads to the most creative and innovative solutions!

Jennie said...

That is so clever Kylie! The waist line looks so smooth - brilliant!!x

lamina @ do a bit said...

Wow that looks great! It's always great when you fine a solution to something that has been hanging around unfinished for ages :)

Sam said...

That's great, who knew crochet could look so stylish in a skirt? I love the colour too!:)Sam

teddybearswednesday said...

STUN- NING! And my god you're a clever chook, i really do believe there is no challenge to big for you Kylie xo

june at noon said...

Well done. It looks fantastic!

Kelly @ Polkadot Lane said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Your skirt is just gorgeous! What a fab addition to your wardrobe.

Taps said...

What a great skirt. It's great to find a solution that works.

ohangelina said...

i love that colour. you lost me though.. so you lined the inside, and sewed and cut the hexies? are you crazy? (( and brilliant?))
ive been looking for a similar crochet jackety open weave type pattern, you know im seeing them in all the expensive shops now. they look gorgeous and i know i could make if ever could find the pattern for one... (love the skirt).x

74 Lime Lane said...

beautiful, love how it all came together in the end, and perfect timing with the gorgeous spring weather!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

it looks amazing!! love how you finished it with fabric ~ so clever and skillful.
xx

ArtMind said...

That's what they call a unique garment! Absolutely stunning, Kylie! :)

Michelle said...

Looks beautiful. The shirred fabric was perfect.

rockmelon said...

innovative and chic! great post!

thornberry said...

Oh wow! That's fantastic! What a great idea to turn it around and add fabric - I love it.

la casita said...

Oh happiness, it feels so good when you finish a project and the result is fantastic. Bravo Kylie!

ElisabethAndrée said...

You can do magic with your hands. I think there is no better crocheter than you at the moment. Wow! All the things you post are beautiful:)

Leonie said...

Wow, that skirt is just gorgeous!!!

Naturally Carol said...

That was finally a success and looks great!

Kickcan and Conkers said...

I love this skirt Kylie, it looks gorgeous on you, well done!

Hootnz said...

That really did turn out lovely, I love the understated grey with the texture of the crochet pattern... perfect!

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

You genius Kylie! It looks FAB and really suits you.
Go girl! Go MOF! xx

linda zucco said...

excellent problem solving Kylie. I love this skirt!

Kate said...

Divine!!
It really is a stunning piece and suits you so well.
I also adore the cushion in the post below.
Gorgeous work.
I hope you have the happiest weekend. x

linda zucco said...

Oh look, there's my painting Sisters...oops I mean your painting! It looks lovely at your place Kylie ;-)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

so pretty Kylie and it looks great on you! sensational idea about the waistband, you could diy yourself out of any fix for sure.

i'm thinking those are some cool necklaces hanging on your mirror, is that right? i love the felty bits and yellow bobbled beads - very rad. ♥

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful!! Clever you.