Some time ago, I was asked what was my favorite item I've ever made. I had to think long and hard about this. And then I decided I couldn't just lump all things together, I had to categorize. Today I'll show you my favorite "personal" item. Something I made just for myself with no thought as to what it would sell, how it best used a Bernina product, etc..
Here it is, my favorite skirt. Actually there is a silk underskirt with a purchased lace trim along the bottom (the long lace you see) and then an embroidered overskirt made of English cotton netting, embroidered with Madeira rayon thread (ooh such a favorite thread!!!) all stabilized with a "melt-away" stabilizer. It took forever to complete the embroideries! I even had to find a second source for the stabilizer as I ran out during the process!
I spent 5 weeks in Chicago helping train Bernina dealers to use the Bernina embroidery software. So in the evenings, I put the embroidery machine to good use. Sue Box embroidery designs are some of my favorites!
The silk ribbon I used for the waistband and the English cotton netting both came from Martha Pullen Co.This garment along with an embroidered top was featured in a long ago edition of Sew Beautiful magazine. Darned I might have to unpack those!]
I was inspired by Jenny Haskins. She is a most talented Australian to whom I not only aspire to copy every thing she makes,, but she's also my friend. I am truly blessed. She had a lace skirt with a Victorian "skirt lifter". But at the time I couldn't find one so I created this sweet brooch to pull up part of the skirt.
A photo taken long ago (Phoenix, AZ) when it was hot hot hot, just like now. I'll tell you about the top some other time. I still want that chair that sat outside the Bernina Connection Bernina store! I also remember bringing home a mesquite block with inlaid turquoise from the local cooking store.. Oh there were some great benefits to traveling!!
I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! I am very appreciative of your visit and look forward to reading your kind comments. Stay tuned Wednesday for a Garden Party Tablescape!