Embroidered Linen Skirt

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

Hey gang! We are really in the dog days of summer here in East Texas, with temperatures hovering near triple digits.  In heat like this, there’s really no way to stay cool – honestly, I’ve given up trying! Instead I just put on a pretty outfit that makes me smile, even if I am a wilting flower well before noon!

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

This month’s make for the Mood Sewing Network was one of those times when my first glance at a fabric immediately inspires a whole outfit, complete with lipstick colors and hairstyle. It’s rare that this happens to me, but when I saw this geometric embroidered linen on Mood Fabric’s ‘new arrivals’ page (side note: I always check the new arrivals first when I visit the online store, just to see if anything really interesting has come in, because when it does, it goes fast!) it just spoke to me – and when a fabric chooses to speak, who am I to turn a deaf ear?!

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

This fabric was really unique and interesting to work with. Normally I wouldn’t be drawn to something so green, but the print was so special, and the sheen of the embroidery really caught my eye. The fabric is a lightweight linen, but with the addition of the embroidery it is quite heavy.  The yardage has wide edges of plain white linen along each selvedge edge, which I made use of for the the waistband and button placket of my skirt.  After pre-washing, the area that was embroidered seem to shrink up a bit, leaving the edges a bit wavy.  I gave it a good steamy press, and this seemed to help a little, but the shrinkage was still definitely noticeable. In the end, it didn’t affect my finished skirt in any way,  but it did give me pause when I saw it happen! I was also really worried that the embroidery would ravel something awful when cut, but I’m pleased to report it barely raveled at all, which, combined with the crisp press of the linen, made it a breeze to work with!

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

The pattern is Colette’s Zinnia skirt pattern, view A – a simple gathered A-line skirt with a button front detail. As I said, when I saw this fabric I immediately imagined it becoming just such a skirt, but once it arrived and I felt it’s heft, I worried that it would be too poofy or heavy for a gathered skirt. I hemmed and hawed for about a week before I just decided to follow my instinct and pair this fabric with  this pattern. I won’t lie, gathering the linen was a bit of a bear, but I’m really pleased with the results.  In the end, I feel like this fabric turns this relatively straightforward skirt pattern into a real statement wardrobe piece! I used some jade green buttons, which happened to be a perfect match, from my stash to finish off the skirt.  All in all a great, easy, fast sew that packs a big punch!

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

While I was pretty careful about print matching on the front of the skirt (at least I made sure that the rows of the patterns lined up) I really didn’t bother trying to match the fronts to the back. I figured with all of the gathering, plus the fact that the side seam is cut on the bias, it really wouldn’t matter.

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

This linen is a bit on the sheer side, so I lined it with some plain white cotton lawn I had in my stash.  While it did add additional bulk when it came time to gather the waistline, I’m super happy I decided to line this! I just don’t think I could abide a slip in this heat! The pattern doesn’t call for a lining so I sort of had to wing it, but it was really quite easy. I just cut all the skirt pieces out of my lawn, minus about an inch along the hem, and then attached the lining along the front button placket, letting the rest of the hem hang free.

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

Mood Fabrics Geometric Embroidered Linen Skirt

The striped top is also new, made from some navy and white striped jersey I had in my stash, using Closet Case File’s Nettie bodysuit pattern. This top was the other half of my outfit inspiration that the fabric gods whispered to me through my computer screen. I guess I just felt like the print mixing would work really well with these two fabrics, and would keep the look less ’50’s housewife’ (always my fear with full skirts) and more ‘classic bohemian’.  I’ll let you guys be the judge of how well that pairing worked out – all I know is that I felt like the Belle of the Ball running (walking) errands for work today, despite the sticky, sweaty heat!

So, have you guys ever had a fabric speak super clearly to you? What did it say??

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  • Lauren
    July 31, 2014

    This is so pretty, Sallie! I actually have that same fabric in my stash- snapped it up without question the second I saw it, and now I can’t figure out what to do with it! I originally planned a shirtwaist but man, the thought of matching up all that print started giving me hives! I really like it as a skirt- it’s a beautiful (!!COOL!!) statement piece without being overwhelming 🙂

  • Heather Lou
    July 31, 2014

    God, you’re such a babe. I’m thrilled to see the final result after all the instagram teasing. That linen is ridiculous. And the green buttons were definitely the way to go.

    And I love the patternmixing!

  • liza jane
    July 31, 2014

    Oh, it’s fantastic! What a beautiful piece of fabric. You always find the coolest pieces to work with.

  • Debbie Iles
    July 31, 2014

    This is SO pretty! I know what you mean about getting in quick – I’ve missed out more times than I can count – purchase, pay and then boohoo the phone call comes that they are sold out…I try to be quick now too. I ordered a swatch of this one – it is such a beautiful fabric with those colours. You did it justice with that skirt. It looks wonderful on you!!!

  • Ginger
    July 31, 2014

    This is really, really pretty! I really like the way you’ve paired it with a striped top- so chic!

  • Leah
    July 31, 2014

    I have that fabric in black with tan and ivory embroidery and haven’t cut into it yet…your skirt is beautiful

  • Peter
    July 31, 2014

    The skirt looks great and I think the lawn lining gives it that extra volume, which I love. Very cute outfit!

  • Bella
    August 1, 2014

    I used to live in Houston and hearing your description of the heat is bringing back some sweaty memories! Your gorgeous swishy skirt is perfect for such temps. I have the same fears as you about full skirts but this is in no way 50s housewife. Fabric is often speaking to me. It’s usually saying ‘buy me. Buy me now.’ That’s why my stash is so big.

  • Amanda S.
    August 1, 2014

    LOVE this! I’m thinking about getting some and totally copying you right down to the white accents and green buttons. Just perfect.

  • Cennetta
    August 1, 2014

    Sallie,
    In the hotness of Texas, you sure look cute on your new skirt. I love the print. You and I follow the same practice with Mood new arrivals. The prettiest fabs are gone in no time at all, first come first served.

  • Fiona
    August 2, 2014

    You sure don’t look like you’re wilting in this! Stunning! I really love the stripes paired with the print, it’s a really modern look and it was a great choice to use that fabric for project which has such a wide expanse of fabric to show off the repeat. I wish I looked so good in the heat!

  • Lori
    August 4, 2014

    Such a pretty skirt, the pattern is so right for the fabric. Great job pairing with the stripe knit top.