Look what I made: DIY Circle Scarf.

by Brittany on June 21, 2011

in Covet, Crafts, Fashion, I draw horses

In second grade, I learned how to draw horses.

I was pretty awesome at it, and from that point on, whenever anyone in my class needed a picture of a horse drawn, I was the one who did it.

What’s that you are drawing, a horse?  The proportions are all off, move!

But, not everything calls for a horse.

Brittany, what is this?

That would be….the last supper.

Right, but it’s just a picture of 13 horses wearing bibs.

It’s a metaphor.  Plus, I have trouble with human hands and noses.

Jesus wasn’t a horse.

But the bible doesn’t say he wasn’t not a horse.

I think you should go talk to the principal.

Well, this seems unfair.

I sat on a cold wooden chair in the office of Sister Mary Ellen, a rotund nun with facial hair like my dad, explaining to her why I drew Jesus as a horse, and how my parents had told me that nuns weren’t married because they were all dating Jesus, and while I didn’t know the exact details about how sex works, I knew everyone had to take their underwear off, and maybe she could verify if he was at least a centaur.  She lost patience with me after ten minutes and sent me back to class and a note home to my parents.

I was also pulled out of advanced religion, and put back in regular old non-mensa religion.  Which essentially meant less memorizing the Apostles Creed, and more cut and pasting animals, two by two, in a giant boat.  Except for the unicorns and dinosaurs, obviously.

I think Sister Mary Ellen was just upset she wasn’t as close to Jesus as she thought she was.

There’s always jealousy in plural relationships, just ask Kody Brown.  I bet that guy wishes he was a centaur, too.

Artistically speaking, I’ve never evolved past the horse.  Or the general belief that Jesus had hooves.

Leading to an adolescence and early adult life that was largely void of crafting, save for the pottery class I took in college, that resulted in a series of failed ashtrays that resembled glory holes.

Today, I am here to redeem myself.

Now, I’m not entirely sure why when I had kids, the part of my brain that was in charge of dressing myself in fashionable clothing stroked out, but from the moment Jude crowned, the majority of our disposable income has gone to our children.

Which isn’t a big deal for Andy, because he can still wear the jeans he wore when he was 20, which is why I took a certain level of pleasure in his post-vasectomy hernia.

But for me, I quickly understood why in all our family pictures I wore a gorgeous homemade dress with poofy sleeves, while my mom looked like an old timey train hobo.

Women are way less selfish than men.  It’s actually a fact.  I read it on the bathroom wall of the feminist bookstore I worked at for a week in college until I was hit in the face with an umbilical cord made of watermelon jello by some abortion activists as I came back from my lunch break at Panda Express.

For months now, I have been in complete infatuation with the circle scarves from American Apparel.

But, for $28 a piece, I couldn’t pull the trigger.  I only recently stopped buying  my underwear from the Walmart clearance rack, and relearning to spend money on myself is a process.   Somethings have become a necessity due to fluctuating weight, like jeans and bras, mostly due to Andy’s growing intolerance of the mental breakdowns I have in my closet every time I have to get dressed to go into public, that almost always result in my failed attempt to construct a noose out of a pair of Spanx.

Since, accessories have become a non-essential splurge I save for gifts and work bonuses.

So, I decided to make my own American Apparel Circle Scarf. I mean, how hard can this be?  It’s making a circle.

First, I went to the fabric store, voluntarily for the very first time in my life.  Not that your mom making all your clothes isn’t the awesomest part of elementary school, but the second we walked in, I was total PTSD over polyester rompers and irregular fitting paisley turtlenecks.

I wanted a stretchy fabric with enough length that I could wrap it around my neck a few times, so I bought 2 yards each of pink, heather gray, and green moss colored knit.  Priced $4.98 a yard.

diy circle scarf 4

The fabric is about 45 inches wide, and comes off the bolt folded in half lengthwise, so keep it that way.  I laid the fabric out long ways, then brought the two ends together and sewed them together, creating a seam.

 

diy circle scarf 1

diy circle scarf 2

And that was it.  Seriously.  The entire process took less than 10 minutes.

 

diy circle scarf 3

The end result?  My new favorite accessory.  Three awesome circle scarfs for a grand total of $29.88.

Circle Scarf 1

Picnik collage

circle scarf 7

Are these better than a confiscated picture of 13 horses celebrating the Last Supper?  I’m not sure, but I love them.

Jellis in Cleveland June 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

Nice. You wear it better than the model too! Hands down!

Alysia June 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Scarves, Schmarves…. I wana hear more about this horse filled Last Supper. I think that should be something that you try to recreate. Or, maybe, try to get in touch with Sister MaryWhatsherface and see if she kept it bc you know she totally DID. She has probably tried to trace it and wallpaper her little tiny room with it but she failed miserably and is embarrassed that she sent you home with a note, therefore canNOT ask for you to make her more.

But, really, the scarves are awesome and I’m totally gonna make one! But then I will fail misreably at achieving your hotness level, so therefore I might have to remain scarfless. :(

U Rock!

Emmie June 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I LOVE them. But can I have your hair? Like, you could chop it off and I could have it made into a wig for my super-straight-half-Asian hair? I promise I won’t get you drunk and chop it off like that girl in 16 Candles if you give it over easily.

No? Damn.

Bella June 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

You are seriously so beautiful. Like a perfect hourglass figure. And the hair. Oy.

I’m not a creepy lesbian stalker, I promise. Okay maybe a bit of a stalker, but lesbian and creepy is still undecided.

And the scarves are awesome. I would totally make one. If it wasn’t hot enough here that any extra piece of apparel would induce me to vomit on my shoes and then faint.

Go you. :)

Nikki Mohamed June 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

OMG. That’s so simple and so incredibly awesome and I think my daughters’ and I have a new sewing project once we move next week and get everything situated and I finish that big ass pile of mending that got shoved into a suitcase yesterday so it will stop depressing me. I’m thinking of making it extra long to incorporate it into a new hijab style! THANK YOU!

oh, jenny mae June 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

i though the same thing when i saw those scarfs, but have about 50 things on my sewing to do list, including another scarf, so i’ll have to add it to the pile & hope i make it by the time it is cold enough in phoenix to don it.

Alexia June 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

Way cool – I love them! I’m totally making me some….after I read your instructions about 5 more times. Yes, I’m that bad with directions. It’s not you, it’s me…

pgoodness June 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

love it!!

Also, how about a recreation of that drawing??

Brittany June 28, 2011 at 10:07 am
Mrs BC June 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Kudos to you for being a thrifty stylish home sewer. Also, & more importantly, your hair looks amazing!
xx

Carri July 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Honestly? Your pictures look better than the models. I think the company that makes those scarves should reconsider their advertisements.

Anna November 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

First, I am behind you 100% on the horses. Second, your hair is adorbz. Third, loving those circle scarves.

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