Hello fellow sewers!
My boyfriend & I just took a road trip from Northern California to Austin, Texas and along the way we drove thru Arizona. I had never visited Arizona before and was extremely excited to see the saguaro cactus & gorgeous desert landscape! I instantly had the idea to make a cactus skirt for the occasion! I drew inspiration from vintage tourist items, especially the Mexican tourist jackets!
I used Simplicity 1659 (again) as my basic skirt to start out with…
I knew that I wanted to cut the cactus from felt & appliqué them to the skirt using a blanket stitch. Here is my quick sketch of the basic idea…
Before i cut the cactus out of felt, i drew on my skirt with chalk to get a basic idea of the layout.
Next, I drew the shapes of the cactus on my felt with chalk & cut them with a rotary cutter.
Then, I pinned my cactus to the skirt over my chalk layout & began to blanket stitch them to the skirt. This was very time consuming, but also very relaxing.
Finally, I added some details to each cactus by top stitching with my embroidery floss.
Here are some finished shots!! I just loved wearing my skirt in Arizona! Some of these photos are taken at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, AZ…if you haven’t been there, i highly recommend it! It is decorated in an art deco southwestern theme & the rooms are as they were in the 1930s..amazing!
I can’t wait to use this technique for another project!