I cut out this skirt one year ago, stuffed it into a ziplock and forgot all about it, until Sew Weekly challenged us to create an embellished garment. I knew that if I actually wanted to complete this challenge, I’d need to keep the garment as simple as possible so I’d actually have time to embroider it. In general, I think simple garments are more ripe for embellishment than fancy ones, anyway. They’re more like blank canvases.

A-line skirt

The skirt is from BurdaStyle 02-2010. The color is not actually as lurid as these photos make it seem. It’s more of a dusty aqua. I made a plain version of this before and got a lot of wear out of it last fall. It’s a great basic.

A-line skirt embroidery

I wish I could say I designed the embroidery pattern, since I love to doodle, but not this time. I found the “fanciful floral” pattern in A Rainbow of Stitches. If you love needlework, you’d love this book! It’s chock full of great designs.

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