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My first Sew Weekly challenge! These are a free download from the burdastyle website by member JJ (, made from's organic cotton jersey (which is SO soft), stenciled and relief appliqued following the method in the Alabama Studio Syle book, with a couple of beads added for good measure. I had made a pair these before, but with a lyrca blend fabric, so I found that with this pair, I had to add to take them in a couple of inches at the waist and add elastic at the waist seam. Overall, these are super easy to make, and I would highly recommend the pattern. I love that they are comfy like sweatpants, but look like a skirt.

I'm debating what to do for the hem--I kind of like the unfinished rolled edges, but it might just be that I'm lazy. I'm also planning to hand stitch around the leaves and then cut out most of the leaves (reverse applique) so that the green fabric layer shows through.

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Comment by Judy Roberson on May 30, 2011 at 10:29am
Oh how pretty...
Comment by Cathe on May 30, 2011 at 10:50am
Oh I love this!! It's like Alabama Chainn

I really like the rolled hem, as you have it and the layers!

Really awesome!
Comment by Vicki Muise on May 30, 2011 at 11:41am

I like the rolled edges too.  

I am in love with reverse applique, but have never tried it.  Hmong people do a lot of reverse applique in Laos / Thailand, and you can buy beautiful garments and samplers with traditional designs like this:

Comment by Hillary on May 30, 2011 at 12:00pm
Wow, so cool!
Comment by margueritedesigns on May 30, 2011 at 12:54pm
Great applique and I love the rolled hem.
Comment by charlotte tilley on May 30, 2011 at 1:40pm
how fabulous - I like your ideas, I like the rolled hem and the reverse applique idea is great.
Comment by Cathe on May 30, 2011 at 2:16pm
Vicki, that's a beautiful site, thanks for sharing!
Comment by Jen on May 30, 2011 at 6:04pm
Go the lazy! the hems look great. Very impressed with the applique too.
Comment by Hattie Salas on May 30, 2011 at 6:16pm
The rolled hem looks good on this! Nice job!
Comment by Meg the Grand on June 1, 2011 at 2:58pm
I like the unfinished hem edges, personally, and I love the detailing you've added!  Well done!


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