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Floral Hand Embroidered Skirts & Shoes with Sophie

Hello, again beautiful people! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer so far, and it continues to be splendid. If you didn’t know, it’s me Sophie from coming back to you with another product review for Minerva Crafts. This time it’s the Duchess Embroidery Thread Set. It is an amazing set of 72 thread flosses, and you could either choose to buy one with 36 solid colours (two of each) or 12 variegated colours (six of each) - I choose to go with the 36 colours to get as many different colours as possible.

First, I needed something to embroider on. I know I could have done it on any pieces of fabric really and that would be fine, but I wanted more. So I went into my handmade wardrobe to take a look. Maybe there was something there that I could spruce up. Lucky for me I found the perfect item.


This skirt is the Erin skirt from the Sew Over It’s Ebook: My Capsule Wardrobe. This is a picture of the skirt when I was just finished with it. After wearing the skirt a couple of times my hand sewing skills showed that I needed to work more on them. Because what I found in the closet was a skirt with only three buttons left. So this was perfect to fix up. I cut out the buttons and made a quick sketch of what I wanted to embroider on the skirt. It was going to be different kinds of flowers from the start, but what kind? And in which colours?

I’m not good at drawing so I did the best I could and laid the flosses accordingly. So this was my base. I did make other choices at the end, but I’ve written down every colour I’ve used for the different flowers so if you want to do the same you can.

The timeframe I used on the skirt was about 1.5 weeks. I only worked on it after work and most days I didn’t even look at it. So you could easily make it in less than a week if you have the time.

I have never done any free hand embroidery before. I have done some cross stitching, but not that much of that either. So this was new to me. Youtube and Pinterest became my best friend on learning some simple embroidery techniques. For the skirt, I used the following techniques (if you want to look it up): backstitch, stemstitch, satin stitch, french knot, chain stitch, lazy daisy and cast-on stitch. What I’ve learned is that you could come a long way with these basic stitches and make endless embroidery items. Before I show you the details of the finished project I have to tell you that I don’t know much about flowers other than I’m allergic, so I have no idea if these even exist, so just humour me, OK?

I’m very pleased with the skirt. Before it was a classic black skirt that wasn’t worn that much, and now it’s all the rave. I’ve seen this kind of skirt is the trend right now. It’s in all the stores and it seems like someone has been bitten by the embroidery bug. I don’t mind, I actually love it! And it’s more fun when you get to do it yourself! But I’m not done. Every embroidered skirt needs a buddy, right? So I had to make me some embroidered shoes as well. Every summer I have to have white sneakers. For me, that’s a summer accessory that never gets old. This year is no exception and I embroidered them too.

So here you have it. The whole outfit. I love the look and wish I had time to embroider everything in my wardrobe. I’m just going to dump a whole lot of photos of me now because I’m so pleased and want to show off!

If you want to make some of the same flowers I did, here is the list of colours I used so you could make a reference, for the skirt flowers left to right:

1. Stem: 6075 - Flower: 403 and 201

2. Stem: 6115 - Flower: 5105, 306 and 305

3. Stem: 105

4. Stem: 209 -  Flower: 406

5. Stem: 506 - Flower: 516

6. Stem: 855 - Flower: 101 and 115

7. Stem: 206 - Flower: 109, 119 and 312

8. Stem: 212, Flower: 110, 113 and 5130


And for the shoes:

Rose 101

Small Roses 201 and 5105

Leafs 209

Stem 506

Daises 516, 206, 406, 105, 110, 312, 403 and 305

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my latest project and I’m hoping to be back here soon! If not come hang with me on Instagram where I mostly spend my time at @sopbac_.

Comments (3)

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Maria Hayek said:

Wow! You turned a simple skirt into a wow item. It looks awesome! Love the shoes too! · 24th Jun 2017 02:35pm

suesews said:

I haven??t made that skirt yet although I have the pattern - you have inspired me to give it a go and try some embroidery - thanks · 23rd Jun 2017 08:09pm

veronica steadman said:

Wow, thats really lovely and very summery. Love the shoes what a great idea. · 10th Jun 2017 12:07pm