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Linda, with roses

Added Feb 7, 2012

by buddingnatur...

Melbourne, Austr...






Linda, with roses, is the second garment I sewed on my sewing machine – I cut the pattern out of cotton broadcloth and drafted a curved waistband for it because I found the original ‘strip’ waistband uncomfortable and not form-flattering. I learned three important things from this project:

1. I find full cirlce skirts heavy and annoying to wear (although the initial twirling part is fun ;)
2. I don’t like garments that sit at my natural waistline
3. Curved waistbands are better than straight ones

I used the Bias-Bagged hem technique from Simon Henry’s Little Black dress book to finish off the skirt (except instead of hand sewing the bias on) I used the blind hem function of my sewing machine.

I then used Pebeo fabric paints to stencil roses onto the hem of the skirt.

The grey top is a crappy store-bought thing (the last ready to wear thing I bought since I started sewing-about 3 years ago =) that I block printed using Pebeo metallic paints and wooden block print stamps from India.

The white top is a hand-embroidered cotton voile blouse I bought from an artisan’s co-op in India.


Material Notes

Cotton broadcloth
Pebeo fabric paints




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage


Linda 8164
Bias bagged hem
Blind hem stitching

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    Feb 10, 2012, 08.28 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Thanks you!

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    Feb 7, 2012, 06.38 PMby patti-r

    Really Pretty!! Great Job!!

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    Feb 7, 2012, 03.07 PMby Smiley100

    I like your skirts! I like the colours and the simpleness and elegance of them!

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    Feb 7, 2012, 11.51 AMby jennyrecorder

    Gosh, that skirt is gorgeous!

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    Feb 7, 2012, 09.11 AMby Aggeliki-Greece

    Your roses are perfect!!!! You did a great job, your skirt is spectacular!!!!

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