In Stitch Magazine Winter 2015 you’ll find an embroidered skirt pattern by yours truly. The pattern is simple instructions for a dirndl skirt with a narrow waistband and center back zip with a deep embroidered hem and a pattern for embroidering the hem.
Working with Stitch magazine was quite fun and quite different than the experience I’ve had working with other magazines. The original pitch that I sent to Stitch was a wool pencil skirt with an embroidered hem. The embroidery was inspired by a Burmese fabric that I bought in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Over several back-and-forths with the editor, the final project became a full dirndl skirt made out of sweatshirt fleece. While there are often changes from a pitch to final project, usually I’m the one suggesting the changes as I work out kinks and details over the course of drafting and sewing a pattern. For this skirt, most of the changes were driven by the editor and it was a fun process bouncing ideas back and forth with another person to create an end product that fit both of our visions.
Being a combination of both of our visions, the skirt ended up pretty non-traditional in that I used a ton of hand work and couture techniques on sweatshirt fleece, a fabric I don’t typically think of being worthy of so much time and energy. The whole hem is hand embroidered using silk organza as a stabilizer and then faced with cotton to prevent any of the embroidery back from showing or receiving wear.
I used jumbo ric-rac as the center of the embroidery which I thought was a pretty inspired idea :) It certainly made it easy to keep the pattern even and saved time as I didn’t need to embroider the center! Because we did so much back and forth, I ended up on a pretty tight time crunch to get the skirt done and did almost all of the embroidery over the course of a single weekend. My hands were killing me by the end (and in fact that was when my massage therapist friend recommended I start using a paraffin bath for my hands which I rave about to anyone that will listen) so I strongly recommend with large embroidery projects that you take your time so you can enjoy the process!
I have to say that I’m quite sad that Stitch magazine announced that this is their last issue since I had hoped to work with them again. But it’s a lovely issue worth checking out (as is their backstock!).