Here she is, all finished! I meant to post this last night, but the internet at our house ground to a halt and refused to be revived. Next morning after some fiddling, it’s back. Whew.
This skirt was originally my Position 2 skirt– the one where I abused the horsehair braid hem. I’ve had a few emails since then letting me know I was doing it wrong. Yes, I know.
The thing is, it would be weird to make a series of posts about circle skirts without mentioning horsehair braid. There’s plenty of information in the internet about application of horsehair, and I made a brief visual reference, too. I wanted to do something else- to show precisely how the braid reacted to continual wash and wear, a clear visual warning.
It’s not pretty, but that’s not the fault of the braid.
When I needed it, I couldn’t find any horsehair braid in Brisbane or Australia so MrsC who owns and runs Made Marion in Wellington sent me some. She’s so good.
I couldn’t leave the hem looking so terrible, so before I appliqued and embellished my skirt, I ripped out the braid and re-stitched the hem.
I think it was the right choice.
One of the things I find curious about embellished circle skirts is how easily the ripples can hide applique motifs. There’s a little pink bird somewhere on the back of my skirt…
Oh! There she is!
And another one! Who knew candy pink birds could be so subtle?
There’s nothing subtle about the satin ribbon birdcage, though. I built it over an existing pocket but it would be workable (and saner) to mount it on a plain rectangle of fabric which then becomes the pocket. I positioned the bird cage near the top of the skirt as per the inspiration photo, but given my druthers I think I’d like it better near the hem. But this is fine, too!
The Position 5 skirt felt more like arts and crafts than a sewing project. It was really fun. I kept messing with the ribbon birdcage, adding and removing pieces of ribbon. Can you see the little bird swing I snuck into the cage? I also removed a “bar” so we have an open door.
And Lila the photo-bomber came back! We couldn’t get out somewhere cool to do photos, but she kept me laughing and we had fun in the yard.
Downloadable bird and cage templates and construction details at sewingcake.com.
Meanwhile, The Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt pdf patterns will be released on Craftsy tomorrow!