One of the really great things about taking online classes here at Craftsy is that once you learn a new technique or process, you can couple it with your own unique flair to create a project that is totally you! There is a wealth of resources throughout the Craftsy site with embroidery patterns, sewing tips, and online instruction to help you make something that is completely your own!
I took a skirt pattern I found (totally free on Craftsy!) and combined it with the techniques I learned in Kristin Nicholas’ class, Stitch it with Wool: Crewel Embroidery. I am so happy with the result that I wanted to share it with you!
Follow along as I share with you the process of sewing and embroidering an adorable wrap skirt!
I live in southern Arizona, and it is particularly hot this time of year. Lightweight clothing is a must, and with the Dana Wrap Skirt pattern available in the Craftsy pattern shop — t’s a freebie! I knew I would be making and living in this skirt throughout the summer.
I wanted to embellish the skirt with embroidery, but had debated on a design. That was until I took Stitch it with Wool: Crewel Embroidery. I knew I had to use some of the crewel embroidery techniques and stitches she shared on something fun and unexpected.
I took the Dana Wrap Skirt pattern and added some of the embroidery patterns from Stitch it with Wool and created a skirt that has become a fast favorite in my wardrobe.
How I did it:
I followed the instructions on the pattern by laying out the pattern according to the diagram for the width of the fabric I chose and then cut the pieces out. I chose this cherry red color linen, which required the use of pinking shears to prevent fraying. I omitted the pocket simply because I didn’t want to weigh the front panel of the skirt down with embroidery and a pocket.
I cut out the straps, the skirt back, and two of the skirt fronts. Using tracing paper, I marked the darts.
Once I decided which front panel of the skirt I wanted my embroidery on and the pattern placement, I transferred the pattern using the light colored tracing paper. All I had to do was place the tracing paper face down with the pattern right side up on top of that, then use a ballpoint pen and trace around the design.
Using Kristin’s tips regarding wool for stitching, I decided on dark and light grey to provide a contrast against the red linen. I used chenille needles that I had on hand, and started stitching. I really love the look of the spider web stitch in the center of this flower.
Once my embroidery was complete. I proceeded to follow the wrap skirt instructions and finish the skirt by attaching the front pieces to the back and stitching the darts. I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to seal the raw edges of the side seams.
I used a basic fold over hem along the side front panels and bottom. I folded the edges over ½ an inch, and pressed, then folded over ½ an inch again, and stitched close to the edge of the fold.
I attached all the strap pieces together and used a center of the seam to align it along the center of the skirt back. I attached the strap to the skirt by placing right sides together, and stitched along the top raw edge with a ½ inch seam allowance.
I folded the raw edges of the strap inward at ½ an inch, and pressed. Then I folded the strap in half in order to encase the raw edges in the strap piece and pressed. I stitched close to the edge to finish off the strap.
This project came together very quickly. I finished the embroidery and skirt construction in an afternoon. I love how this skirt turned out so much, that I can’t wait to find more ways to use what I learn in Craftsy classes to help me make and create!