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Just One of the Birds

Added Jul 26, 2010

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






This is a navy blue corduroy a-line skirt. I did a reverse applique of a bird using a scrap of cotton print I had in my scrap stash – so it has a “touch” of the “Alabama Studio” to it. I designed the bird motif myself. I also popped on a patch pocket because pockets are just so darn useful!!!

I used the free A-Line Skirt by ThunderLily pattern. I was very happy with this pattern and recommend it to others – but I had to “shave” a bit off the “a-line” so I came in about an inch each side from the hem tapering up to the hip area. I think in any other fabric this would not be needed but because the corduroy is stiff it just needed a bit of slimming down.

I cannot say enough (and I think this is the first project I have popped up where I can say this) how much I love, love, love this skirt!! It is warm, (it’s freezing here at the mo – just managed to find one day with sun to do the shoot outside with “the gang”) I love the fabric and the way the applique turned out (I’ve never done this before and kinda muddled my way through by myself) and I am happy with the pocket (another first). I also gave Hong Kong seams a go, because I didn’t want the cord to fray all over the place – and I love them too! All bits (even the zip!) turned out really well and neat.

Please excuse the untidy appearance of my chickens, Sooksie is molting at the mo and looks like a real scruff!

PS I used the instructions at http://www.burdastyle.com/terms/patch-pockets to do the pockets. This was very helpful but I don’t seem to be able to add that under “Techniques” below.

Material Notes

Corduroy, cotton print, cotton bias binding.



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Vintage
Corduroy, Cotton


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    Jan 3, 2011, 01.01 AMby mwelland

    I love the applique! I always try to do appliques but they never turn out looking professional. Maybe I’ll try a reverse one like this next time!

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      Jan 3, 2011, 02.25 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey – I give a bit of a mini tutorial below in a reply to Threadsquare – but have a Google – I am sure you will find some cool tutorials and ideas out there. I think it is nice to not look to “professional” – I think homespun has a lovely quality to it!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 10.07 PMby threadsquare

    Chickens!!! You have chickens! One day, my dream of eggs from my backyard will come true. Until then, I can stop by here and live vicariously ;) And look at you getting all fancy with those seam finishes….looks incredible. Between this and Japanese for Beginners, these are def your colors. You look great! What is reverse applique, btw? Is the design cut out of the backing fabric (in this case the cord), making a negative space to fill in?

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      Dec 2, 2010, 11.19 PMby nessys

      Yes, those fluffy little friends are such a joy!

      Thank you for your lovely comments – I AM a real sucker for the red-blue combo (this is after decades of mainly wearing black, white and grey).

      What I did with the reverse applique is design the bird, transfer the outline on the cord, pop the contrast underneath then sew around the trace marks on the cord with enforced stitching and then really carefully cut the cord near the stitching. I also carefully tucked some fusible web between the raw edge and the stitching of the cord and then pressed it with the iron to reinforce it. Hope this makes sense! xxx

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      Dec 7, 2010, 09.54 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks for the mini-tutorial…makes total sense. And I hear ya re: black, white & grey (and red)…I’m trying to break out of that habit, too.

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    Aug 24, 2010, 08.07 PMby rowsew

    Oh, if only I looked so glam when I go out to see my girls! They too are moulting, and not very beautiful at the moment. Love this skirt – a)corduroy – can’t go wrong; b) birds – see a); c) pockets!!!!!

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      Aug 29, 2010, 04.21 AMby nessys

      Trust me this is a rare dress up for my girls!! They are probably wondering who the heck I am!

      Moulting ain’t that glam either!! Oh well – we scrub up the best we can! Thanks for your lovely comment! xx

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    Jul 28, 2010, 03.53 AMby pixelink

    love the way you have made a reverse applique and of course a very practical pocket is needed on every garment!! LOOKS GREAT.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 11.29 PMby carolinam

    Navy and red , a classic combination that is ALWAYS a succes. Yours is no exception. Wel combinated, well made. I say perfect! I like the applique btw, good idea too do with some of the scraps.

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      Jul 28, 2010, 12.14 AMby nessys

      Thank you very much!!! I am a sucker for primary colours too – they work so well together and look fab by themselves! xx

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    Jul 26, 2010, 03.49 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice skirt. I love the applique! Your chickens are beautiful, by the way.

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      Jul 28, 2010, 12.13 AMby nessys

      Thank you – you are very kind – to me and my chickens! They are my babies xx

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    Jul 26, 2010, 07.10 AMby sewella

    Well, I second everything Passiona has said! And must add that it fits you perfectly!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 06.46 AMby Passiona Cottee

    I love your design! I feel younger just looking at your combination of navy cord and red tights. A real classic (from my childhood ;) And you look so cosy in it. You’ve got the winning three combination 1) CREATIVITY – the gorgeous bird; the 2) PROFESSIONAL FINISH – those smart looking hong kong seams; and 3) PRACTICALITY yes, pockets = really useful! You have put so much more into this skirt like the pattern alteration for fit and that vintage style zip (!? – cool!). It’s come together perfectly. So happy you love it too! I am crazy for your chooks! You lucky thing :D It is nice to have a window onto your charming country domain.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 04.52 AMby magdamagda

    i love the picture and the chicken are quite presentable, i hope you’ll convince them to model on other occasions too… unfortunately i can see only the first picture, but that’s a enough to tell that’s a well done skirt!

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      Jul 28, 2010, 12.02 AMby nessys

      Thanks for your lovely comment – especially re chickens! xx

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    Jul 26, 2010, 02.58 AMby missdandy

    That applique is neat-o! Great skirt!

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      Jul 28, 2010, 12.01 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey! xx

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