Skirts

Embroidery on Seersucker + 5 Variations

A number of years ago I took this blue seersucker from my stash and wondered how I could use it in a practical way. I had always thought of seersucker tablecloth material, a throwback to my childhood.

Taking a leap of creative faith what culminated was a 6-panel skirt embellished with crazy embroidery and some rick-rack from my stash.

As I have a Janome MC2000 it was pretty easy to set up to do the embroidery on the machine. To ensure stability I sewed the panels first so there was plenty of fabric to secure the hoop. Each panel has a mix of embroidery and rick-rack from my stash. The hem has been secured with a row of gold thread in a machine inbuilt embroidery stitch. The result was a more artsy skirt that goes with anything.

The skirt pattern is the Butterick B4136 of which states you need a side zipper. Given I wear my tops over my skirts (and I hate putting in zippers) I omitted the zipper and just added elastic to the top of the skirt instead.

The skirt itself is really simple to make. 6 panels all joined together. Because it is such an easy skirt to make I have made 5 skirts with this pattern giving me 6 different looks.

In addition to the embroidered version featured I have made a boring dark grey one that has proved very versatile for going to the office; a soft jersey in red and black with a pattern that feels a little bit 80’s, a plain red taffeta one and 2 shorter versions: 1 in red and one in orange both that have been worn to the point I may need to retire them after this coming Summer.

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