All this week I’ve been playing around with fabric and I hope giving y’all some ideas for fabric choices and treatment for the Pavlova Skirt during the 30 Minutes A Day Sewalong. If you like the top and want to see what I can do with it, tune in next week because I have a nice little series about fabrics to be used for the Pavlova Wrap Top.
Today I worked on our bird and birdcage embellishments for the Position 5 skirt- the one you voted for. I’m delighted, this design has been rattling around my brain since last year. Rather than make a new skirt, I started with the Position 2 cotton skirt and treated the applique as a re-fashion.
Applique and embellishment are a great way to re-vamp a limp or lackluster garment. It needn’t be much, maybe a well placed ribbon or patch. In this case I strategically placed a few of appliques to cover up some old coffee stains. (I also ripped out the recalcitrant horsehair hem and stitched an ordinary double fold hem.)
When done well, embellishments can turn an ordinary garment into something quite special and unique. This skirt was an absolute joy to work on- a pin here, an adjustment there, adding layers of detail. These photos are from the first phase, but I kept tweaking after this.
You can see in the visual reference guide for these embellishments that I used a gluepen and pins stuck into a foam board backing to secure the double sided satin ribbon before stitching. It was twiddly, but thoroughly satisfying. I have an idea that the ribbon will ripple slightly and resemble wrought iron.
The longest part of the process was waiting for the glue to dry! I tried to sew before it was thoroughly set and ended up with gummy needles. An alcohol swab cleaned the glue off my needle and I left it to dry.
In fact, once I completed the embellishment I had to wash the skirt to remove the glue. It looked terrible, and washing it meant I couldn’t get “final” photos today. However- we’re going out tomorrow and we’ll manage a few photos of this skirt on me not in our backyard. I’m tired of the backyard!
And I have a nifty little invisible zipper lesson to release over the weekend, the embellishment templates and of course the Pavlova pdfs. Then I’ll be a bit quiet until the day before the Pavlova Sewalong when I’ll announce the House Prize and we’ll set a few ground rules for entries! Just a small prize, but nice for a group I think…
Other Embellishment Ideas (so much inspiration, so little time!):
Which is your fave?