I barely had time to catch my breath from an incredibly busy week and now another busy weekend will soon be coming to a close. In between the usual chores (and a beautiful wedding and super fun reception yesterday) I managed to squeeze in a small amount of sewing time. The result was the completion of this skirt.
A seasonal transition skirt to wear as the dreary cloudy cool weather slowly changes over to bright sunny warm weather.
I used the skirt from Simplicity 3962, an OOP Threads pattern (I sewed the jacket previously - and I have yet to fix the threads that Abby pulled loose...).
The fabric I used is a poly/cotton glen plaid purchased from The Fabric Club. I choose to cut the bottom section on the bias in an attempt to spice up the business-like appearance of the skirt.
The end product was a nice, but slightly boring skirt. (But it did have a great flowing bias swing at the hem.)
It needed something but I wasn't sure what so I set the skirt aside for a few days while I waited for inspiration.
Oddly enough, I found my inspiration in a quilting magazine. I say oddly enough because I don't quilt so I rarely look at quilting magazines (except for Quilting Arts, but that's another story). This appliqué design was in the Fast & Fabulous Quilting Ideas magazine that I purchased because it had a tote bag, pin cushions and a dog bed on the cover.
Since the plaid was white and black I choose to embellish with only white and black cotton fabrics - that way I can add my pop of color with my shoes or my shirt. The flower and leave shapes were simple curves and the stem is a bias strip. Using black thread and a tiny zig-zag stitch I secured each piece to the skirt leaving the raw edge exposed.
Now I have a business skirt with a little surprise - a reminder that spring will soon arrive.