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buzzing bees skirt

Added Oct 10, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This skirt was made as part of a Circle Skirt Sew-Along I hosted recently. We went through how to take measurements, draft a custom pattern, sew it up and finish it.

Inspired by a vintage skirt I saw on Etsy (but the waist size was of course an issue!), I just fell in love with the fanciful bees dancing across the skirt, and decided to recreate my own version. It took me a couple weeks of embroidery (spread out over evenings and weekends) to finish all these bees, and then another couple days to add sequins and beads. But all the work was well worth it! To protect the back of the embroidery I added a layer of tulle to underline the skirt. (Worked perfectly because it’s lightweight and moves with the blue cotton broadcloth.) The hem I decided to scallop and am not entirely pleased with that choicemostly because it proved to be quite fiddly and add weight to the skirt with a facing. If I had to do it again, I’d just keep it a plain hem. But it’s still a really cute, novelty-style skirt!

Material Notes

cotton, broadcloth, embroidery, beads, sequins




Summer, Spring
Garment Type

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    Nov 9, 2011, 06.16 AMby Milena Kyoseva

    Много оригинално!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 03.37 AMby pie-83

    This is BEAUTIFUL! The bees are delightful.

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    Nov 7, 2011, 10.56 PMby alisondahl

    Ooh la la, I love it, and the shoes and all of the styling! Props all around :)

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    Nov 7, 2011, 06.33 PMby rochelle49

    Your skirt is just beautiful and showcases your sewing talents! Brava!

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    Nov 6, 2011, 02.53 AMby designerroya

    Wow! I first saw this on your blog and I’ve been following that for quite some time so congratulations! I love your blog and soon will be making a circle skirt from a tutorial I got from MADE. Here it is:http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-circle-skirt.html

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    Nov 6, 2011, 01.11 AMby bingohalle

    Very beautiful woman in very nice skirt. You have such a high effort and never give up easily. Wow, really I’d like to clap my hands for you.

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    Nov 4, 2011, 11.12 PMby lizajane09

    Gorgeous! I love this.

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    Nov 4, 2011, 09.32 PMby robynemde

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I’m so impressed!

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    Nov 4, 2011, 04.40 PMby baka-pepica

    really amazing, color beas and scalop!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 06.47 AMby loulourosa

    Wow, what a skirt! and all those bees have been handmade,… so well done!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.29 PMby BlancheOfArts

    It looks perfect, love the bees! :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.37 AMby anna agyekum

    beautiful! really beautiful my transfer pen arrived today let the embroidery commence :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 06.25 AMby Mixypixyg

    I realllly reallllllly love this piece! :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 03.29 AMby Testosterone

    It’s delightful perfection!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 02.38 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Love the bees! Nice skirt.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 01.28 AMby Timea Schmidt

    Oh my, you hand embroidered all the bees!! You really put some effort into your pieces. Such a lovely skirt!

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