Local Atlanta fabric designer Melody Miller is a dreamy lady to know. Her new fabric collection, Ruby Star Spring, is just out in the softest, most luxurious cotton/linen blend, and she asked if I would be willing to work with her to create the perfect skirt to showcase the central print: a pixellated bee. Would I?!? Um, OK.
Basically, this is the conversation, but on fast-forward–look and see how sweetly she cajoles when she has a great idea:
I love bees, I love skirts, I see no downside here.
These fabrics are such a great blend of edgy and chic–and you really can’t imagine how soft they are to touch and how buttery they are to sew with. The bee graphic is large–almost 12″ across–so to showcase it, we decided on a clean, simple, universally-flattering A-line skirt. The design has two options: it can be lined or have a simple and quick bias-tape finish at the waistline.
Because the fabrics are 60 glorious inches wide, it takes very little yardage to make one of these skirts–depending on how faithfully you lay out your pieces to highlight the bee, as little as 3/4 of a yard. Awesome, yes?
Skip over to download your FREE copy of the Bee Skirt pattern, then check out the video tutorial below, which covers basic construction, installing the invisible zip, creating the bias-faced waistband, and hemming. You’ll have your very own perfect skirt in no time!