Rainy Day Skirt

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I seem to be on a roll with sewing up skirts lately; but with summer here I just can’t help myself.
Umbrella Squared

I finished my first applique project early this week, and have been waiting for the weather to cooperate so I could take it out for a spin. The pattern I used is a 50′s 1/2 circle skirt from Simplicity 4532, but instead of the tulip applique I decided to make up my own rainy-day/umbrella themed skirt.

I lucked out and bought my pattern on etsy with the original transfer included for the tulips. So I’ll definitely have to make another one in the future like the cover illustration.

For the construction, I interfaced the waistband with both a light weight iron-on interfacing to the shell as well as horsehair canvas on the inside facing, for extra stability. I used a horsehair braid on the hem for the full 50′s full skirted look and lined it with a coordinating red bemberg. I have white cotton piping at the top and bottom of the waistband (a first for me).

Umbrella Skirt

For the applique, I did all of the umbrella pieces by hand, but machine-satin stitched the raindrops on after basting them all in place.
Applique Close-up
If you’d like read more about this project and see more pictures of the construction you can find more posts at zilredloh.com.

Thanks guys and hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Esther June 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

I Love this it is SO cute :-)

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Clare June 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

That is super sweet! I just love that first photo of you. Umbrellas make such great props. :)

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Renée Thomas June 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I LOVE this skirt! I could totally see myself wearing this on an ordinary day (hey, skirts look and feel better than sweats!).

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Luchie June 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

aww pretty skirt!!

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Eleen Fashions June 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

That is fricking cute!

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Esther June 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

that looks like downtown Chicago.am i right?

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Pull Your Socks Up! June 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

This is so beautiful – no wonder you're smiling, you should be proud of your wonderful work:))

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Faff June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Wow excellent applique, the skirt looks gorgeous! :)

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Pj - Vegan CineGrub June 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Love this!!! I want to make one in purple :)

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zilredloh June 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for all your sweet comments!

@Esther: Yes, I live in the north side of Chicago, but work downtown about 1 block away from the art institute, which is my favorite spot to take pictures.

@ PJ-VeganCineGrub: I bet this would look smashing in a purple shade.

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Retro-Couture June 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

wow it is very lovely. I adore the applique, such a nice detail :-)

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