Magical things happen under the sea. It’s a place where cute little mermaids can cavort with octopii with rabbit ears and no one batts an eye. Especially not when it’s happening on a twirly skirt for an imaginative eight year old and in hopes of winning some artwork from an admired blogger. I made this skirt for Bad Bird’s Stitched by Hand competition. My project is obviously not stitched by hand, so I’m submitting it in the Machine Stitched category.
I chose Andrea’s Octobunny embroidery pattern because his goofy look appealed to me. When paired with her Lil’ Mermaid, they looked like they were dancing. As long as they were dancing, I figured my project should be a skirt for dancing in, and to stick with the theme, I used Heather Ross Mendocino fabric which has octopii swimming on it (I wanted the mermaid fabric, but it appears that I am the last one on the Heather Ross bandwagon and it all sold out at least a year ago). I went straight to the interwebs for a basic skirt pattern. I wanted something danceable, naturally, so a full or ruffly skirt fit the bill and there is no shortage of tutorials online. From several options, Katja chose the Twirly Skirt tutorial from House on Hill Road.
Once I made the skirt, I then enlarged the embroidery patterns and traced them onto the skirt and the fabrics I used for the figures. I cut out and glued the fabrics in place with wash-out basting glue and backed the whole area with water soluble stabilizer. Into the hoop it went and I free-motion stitched the designs with my sewing machine (using a darning foot and dropping the feed dogs). My daughter (who gets to wear it) and I think it looks awesome. Thank you Andrea (Bad Bird) for the great excuse to make cute clothes.