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« on: November 26, 2008 07:05:41 PM »

I dyed this skirt that used to be plain white.  It comes down to a little bit past my knees.  The color isn't even, but I like it that way.  However, I think it could use some additional interest.  Does anyone have inspiration for something to add to the skirt to really make it "pop"?  Applique, stencil, embroidery... pictures and links welcome!  I'd ideally like my addition to (a) still be machine-washable, (b) still look good or at least not weird when the fabric gets bundled up when I'm sitting down--in other words, look good while worn, not just "on paper" or in one perfect pose.

My thoughts so far have been that my embellishment should probably be black (I can't think of another color that would work better).  I'm not sure whether a trim, a smallish repeating pattern, a large asymmetrical shape, or what... would look best.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008 12:40:50 AM »

you could try hand embroidering it and beading it. or you could take a lot of lace and make an upper layer, or just stripes of lace to sew on top of it. maybe some ribbons too with the lace.

i think white, orange and yellow go really well with this color also.actually my initial thought was to take yellow patches and sew them on to it, first by machine and then make these huge hand made stiches with like a wool (or something thick anyway) yarn.. my inspiration being the girl in The Nightmare Before Christmas..


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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008 05:12:06 AM »

Stencil? Hot fix gems?

... that's about the only things I can think of right now!
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2008 06:14:44 AM »

There are a bunch of great stencils here: http://www.kittybuttons.com/stencils/categories/index.html they're even categorized!

If it was my skirt, I would make a big spiral with gold-colored beads, hand-sewing them on one by one. Just a suggestion  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2008 09:26:11 AM »

I can't see the shape fantastically. Is it like a 50's style circle skirt ?

You could put lace trim on the bottom, or a big applique on the bottom edge - probably not a poodle, that's too cliche, but some cool design of yer own.

Ooh! i just thought! sew either plain black or beaded ribbon around the bottom hem! that'd be swish Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2008 09:49:30 AM »

I can't see the shape fantastically. Is it like a 50's style circle skirt ?

No, it's more like an A-line but a little more full--not nearly a circle, maybe a half or quarter Smiley  Here's a kind of silly looking picture of me wearing it: link

Thanks for the suggestions so far you guys!  Keep them coming Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2008 09:51:04 AM »

The light areas make me think powder-pink would be nic for embellishment.

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2008 07:23:50 PM »

I'd actually come back with a retro '70s sort of embroidery in pink, yellow, and pale turquoise.  I'm a fan of paisleys, or mod florals.  When I initially saw it, my thought was to do one large-ish (hand sized, maybe?  Palm?) cluster off-center.

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