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diy: velvet skirt

It took me almost 5 hours to complete this relatively simple elastic waist skirt, mostly because I’m horrible at sewing; I’m impatient and make a lot of mistakes as a result. But it’s finished! And I think I’ll actually wear it.

velvet skirt

When I saw this fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics, I recalled American Apparel’s version. Although this velvet isn’t as thick or supple, it still has a nice texture. (P.S. I have some velvet pieces for sale at Water Lily Thrift if you’d rather buy than make a piece for yourself.)

velvet skirtI didn’t follow a pattern. I purchased a yard of fabric (which I had to cut down by about a quarter or a third yard to keep the elastic waist from getting too thick), cropped it to hit at mid-thigh, and sewed a casing for the elastic. I had major trouble with the elastic waist because the knit elastic I purchased kept folding over inside the casing; I recommend buying woven elastic, as it’s a bit sturdier. I used a safety pin fastened to the end of the elastic to push it through the casing.

I left the hem unfinished, as the fabric curls under naturally, but I may finish it off when I get the energy to work on it again.

The total cost for this project was about $10.00. Not super cheap but less than American Apparel’s $38.00 price tag.

Sources: American Apparel skirt, Outfit

home tour: The Living Room

When you look at this room, try to picture the dining area directly behind it and the kitchen to the right. The “living room” is actually part of the Great Room, which includes the dining room, the mouse cage/desk/storage area, and even the refrigerator.

The living room has been complete in most ways since a week after we moved in. We purchased the faux leather arm chair in town and added small details over time.

I fell in love with this delightful, green velvet couch a couple of years ago, right after Daniel and I settled into our first apartment together. I think it has informed my vintage design aesthetic ever since. I like the simplicity paired with unusual fabric (and the fact that it’s a bit weird).

Vintage handmade ceramic plate; Handmade bird pillow; WalMart floral pillow; Thrifted Bison stuffed animal; Original artwork by Leslie Peebles; Reproduction national park poster

Acrylic-on-wood art pieces; Details

I made a tapestry curtain to turn the under-desk space into a functional storage area for rodent and business supplies.

Vintage vase; Stamp storage bin from T. J. Maxx

I was afraid that the Great Room would be a challenge to work within design-wise, but the overall look exceeds my expectations. I like that the entire space is cohesive, while each functional area still maintains a sense of separateness.

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