Saturday, May 15, 2010

Camel and Chocolate

I am cloning my own clothes.

I liked my old Sea-and-Sable skirt so much that I
made another version in Camel and Chocolate.

It has the same top-stitching along the waistband and the pockets

and the bottom hem.

Because of all the exterior hand-sewn top-stitching,
there are no visible stitches (from the sewing machine,
I mean) on the outside of the skirt. So a lot of hand-
hemming of the waistband facing and the bottom hem.
Hand-finishing a garment is uncannily therapeutic,
especially at night when all is quiet. It's slow work
but it gives such a polished finish.

And look - it matches my brown suede clogs! Never
mind that they have bright fuschia, tangerine and aqua
flowers riveted on. I photographed the boring side.

Didn't get round to photographing the butter-yellow
soon-to-be-tunic linen with grey top-stitching today.
I'm fixated on top-stitching now. Someday I want to
make a wool winter coat with top-stitching on the
cuffs and lapels. Or anywhere, really.


  1. These are beautiful! Do you use embroidery floss for the top-stitching?

  2. I knew you had more patience than I! Must be the Nutella! Those look great!

  3. Your hand stitching is so pretty. That is something I'm very bad at. I can't get the stitch lengths to come out the same, and if they are actually lined up right it's due to a miracle and not my sewing talent...

  4. I am SO in love with the design of that skirt! Any plans to do a tut? I REALLY want to make some for myself! LOVE IT!

  5. Those skirts are really pretty!

  6. I loved the original color combination, and I love this one!

  7. Thanks, everyone!

    MaryAnne: Yes, I used all six strands of embroidery floss.

    Nicki C K: Unfortunately, no plans for a tut. It's a classic A-line skirt so it should be easy to find as a commercial pattern in a size that fits. Add pockets. Then top-stitch along the pockets, waistband and bottom hem.

  8. I am OBSESSED with yellow and grey! Cannot wait to see that one.

  9. L.O.V.E. them! So simple and so beautiful! Great work!

    the top stitching really makes them special.

  11. EEEK! SO beautiful! I love it! I'm afraid I'm not particular and careful enough to do that kind of topstitching, but I love it so much I may discipline myself to try!

    I just posted about my yolk-yellow linen skirt with grey topstitching (machine, I'm afraid, and doesn't really show well in the pics). It's a fab combination.


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