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Thurman Skirt

Added Feb 24, 2010

by lettergirl

Minneapolis, Uni...






Inspired by Alabama Chanin. This is a simple A-line skirt, cut on the bias, from two layers of cotton knit: a putty color over black. I freehand painted a favorite quotation on the skirt, then used the techniques in the Alabama Stitch Book for the reverse applique. I love to combine my handlettering with garment design — an experiment in embracing imperfection (especially when I sneezed on the skirt moments before taking the photos. Did you hear me screaming?).

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Material Notes

organic cotton jersey, thread




Garment Type

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    Mar 6, 2010, 04.35 AMby ranjani

    So so incredible! Lovely indeed.

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    Feb 25, 2010, 06.21 PMby helenadoll

    What a brilliant idea! It looks stunning :)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 05.22 PMby Jasmine Iris Philbrick

    this is really amazing..i love it!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 08.43 AMby keren

    AWESOME. so creative and beautiful, I absolutely LOVE it!!! It speaks to me as a creation of art and self-expression much more than repeated stenciled leaves and flowers. I love the font. Is that really your free hand? You have my vote!!!

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      Feb 26, 2010, 04.25 PMby lettergirl

      Thanks Keren! Yes, that is my own writing. Basically, I’ll write on just about anything that holds still long enough!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 06.03 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    What an amazing way to share such an inspirational quote, I love it! I’d love to make myself one, it’s so interesting and clever, well done, thank you so much for sharing it with us! :)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 05.26 AMby puppetlady

    Love it!!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 02.05 AMby knitmonkey

    such a great piece! & love the combination of colors & fonts you used

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    Feb 25, 2010, 12.32 AMby purpleglow

    STUNNING. I am printing all of those photos out for my inspiration binder. :)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 12.24 AMby susisonne

    Just wow!!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 09.59 PMby runningwithscissors1

    What a neat idea, very nice!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 08.41 PMby amibambini

    This is superb, a front runner in the competition I’m sure! So beautiful.

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    Feb 24, 2010, 08.12 PMby Martha Haynes

    Very cool! Gesundheit!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 08.11 PMby elisana

    wow! my favorite Chanin inspired piece. Love the writing, I can see why your name is lettergirl!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 08.00 PMby ladylola1611

    Wow, this is amazing!! I love that you’ve put a favorite quote on it!!

    L x

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