The laundry is piling up, but my skirt is wearable. Let’s see how it turned out.
I really like it……………until I look at the source of inspiration; then I like it a little less. The original design was balanced, while mine is not. Instead, it has a random flower, twig and leaf pattern. That’s why I’ve decided never to look at the original again.
But on the other hand, my skirt can be also worn as a dress, if I can get past the pregnancy look.
(Should have ironed before taking images…)
The added denim belt simulates a raised waist and shapes it. The waist band is a double layer of jersey with the edges left raw. A sweater or bolero on top would be perfect for the dress version.
Stitching the applique was meditative. The project could be picked up at any moment for a few stitches here and there between reading and working, cooking and coffees with friends and the rest of daily life. These type of projects are my favorites.
But look what I’ve discovered when turning the skirt inside out. It’s almost like scribbles on a chalkboard and looks very loose and improvised. It definitely needs further exploration. It’s like blind drawing, but with stitching. Creating a unique and recognizable way of stitching can be hard, because the variables are so limited. When stitches look like they were spontaneously “drawn” onto the fabric it might be a way to achieve a more personal signature.
What I’ve learned:
Choose your thread wisely…the gray works well for contrast, but is not very subtle. One more similar to the blue fabric, would’ve still stood out, but not as much. On the other hand, I might never have discovered the effect of the thread scribbles on the reverse side, had the contrast not been so pronounced.
An easier way to applique a skirt is before it’s assembled, as there’s less fabric bulk to deal with. I never do that, though. Usually my skirts are sewn together before decorating, so they can be worn any time once the basic structure is complete. I get easily discouraged with enormous projects.
Today I’ll wear my new skirt with rain boots, a rain jacket and wait patiently for spring!