DIY: Flower applique skirt

28th November 2012

a secret garden


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Pergola and Hill Garden

I always covet decorative attires that are artistic in finest details and forms, especially the DIY projects I worked on you’d barely see plain, non-adorned pieces, 70% of the work were painstakingly hand sewn.  I guess it enlightens me whilst deeply immersed in it productively and creatively, but tainted questioning often present in between process like, ‘Why am I doing this to myself? Ditch the hand sewing method, use adhesive dumbo’.  My DIY skills can be a little radical, I have my own ethics they’re simple and comprehendible – scale, time, technique and perfection.

This DIY McQ AW12 inspired applique skirt I did for Marie Claire Mexico (out in Feb’13  is one of the most basic and time consuming projects I ever worked on (and proud of).  What you’ll need are: black petticoat or ruffle skirt, small floral print cotton fabrics in multiple colours, sharp scissors, white cotton thread and sewing needle.  The instructions are pretty simple, you basically cut around the floral print motifs into hundred pieces, don’t worry about the fray edges.  Start from the top of the skirt, hand stitch the middle flower motif to the skirt material.  The top area should be accumulated with sewn flowers, and gradually sparse close to the hemline. Estimate time of completion is 2.5 days.


McQ AW12 images via, floral print cotton fabric from Dalston Mill Fabrics in Dalston, black petticoat from Angels Fancy Dress, location shot in Pergola and Hill Garden (as known as a secret garden to the locals) in Hampstead.
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  • Reply Diana marks 28th November 2012 at 20:58

    very creative and chic! thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Rika 28th November 2012 at 21:02

    You’re such a clever human behind.

  • Reply Jonelle 28th November 2012 at 21:04

    This is by far my favourite diy post, you set the bar high and it’s ridiculous that you’re not a fashion designer?!

  • Reply Laetitia 28th November 2012 at 21:05

    You take my breath away! This is so beautiful. Your hands are magical baby!

  • Reply Marie 28th November 2012 at 21:07

    Kittykat, wtf man, your skirt looks amazing!!!!! Where can I buy marie claire mexico?
    Miss you. x0x0x0x0x0x

  • Reply THE STEL STYLE 28th November 2012 at 21:21

    I really love this DIY, it’s different and beautiful

  • Reply Becky | 28th November 2012 at 21:38

    Oh my Kit! This is so ridiculously good it gave me goosebumps. You make it sound so simple…maybe even simple enough I could do it…?

  • Reply Anna Malina 28th November 2012 at 22:10

    May I borrow your brain and hands for my final major project at uni?

  • Reply Yulia Pedro 28th November 2012 at 23:55

    Amazing! You’re so talented.

  • Reply Stephanie 29th November 2012 at 00:03

    I couldn’t agree more, a perfectionist can satisfy others and be admired by your skills.
    Amazing work Kit, I can’t wait to see more.

  • Reply Hug Daniel 29th November 2012 at 01:41

    Very MCQ!

  • Reply Eddie 29th November 2012 at 02:22

    Two and a half days to complete the skirt? That’s hardcore but you did a marvelous job. What’s next?

  • Reply mutha kinda style 29th November 2012 at 02:24

    I want to express my admiration of your sewing skill and ability to make readers admire your photography and talent.

  • Reply Lana 29th November 2012 at 02:45

    You’re so talented Kit.

  • Reply Rachel Thomas 29th November 2012 at 03:40

    This is such an eye catching DIY-torial post, compelling story telling associated with flowers and the amazing backdrop, utter brilliant.

  • Reply Kayleigh 29th November 2012 at 03:41

    You should be a fashion designer.

  • Reply Pinky 29th November 2012 at 03:41

    Did you study fashion before?

    • Reply Kit Lee 29th November 2012 at 12:37

      @Pinky – I studied Fashion at LCF.

  • Reply Stacie and Carly 29th November 2012 at 08:34

    Love this skirt it is so cute! Great idea and great DIY!
    We are your newest follower and would love if you came to check us out! 🙂

    Stacie and Carly
    the island secret

  • Reply TMF 29th November 2012 at 12:28


  • Reply Olga K 29th November 2012 at 12:30

    Kit, you’re such a true master when it comes to diy, please teach us. Your photos are stunning and I believe they were shot in Hampstead! I must go there with my bf.

  • Reply Sherry 29th November 2012 at 12:38

    I’m kowtowing to you.

  • Reply Vinh 29th November 2012 at 12:40

    Genius work. I prefer gluing over sewing babe, my time is precious 😀

  • Reply Nora 29th November 2012 at 13:58

    I worship your DIY skill Kit. Far out. I’m still sewing btw, all thanks to you!

  • Reply sally 29th November 2012 at 15:07

    This skirt is just so so beautiful!!!!!! I love it and all the little inspirational photos too, beautiful xxxxx

  • Reply Mandy 29th November 2012 at 15:58

    Thumbs up.

  • Reply Francesca Him 29th November 2012 at 15:59

    Love the drama in the skirt and theatre in the location shoot. You are ichiban.

  • Reply Terence 29th November 2012 at 18:58

    Amazed by your skill, what else can’t you do?

  • Reply Styleclouds 30th November 2012 at 08:45

    Wow! The skirt is amazing!!! xo, Christina

  • Reply Andradeinnt 30th November 2012 at 08:47

    Thorn involving Girl…

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  • Reply Duck 2nd December 2012 at 14:31

    Kit, this is one of the best blog DIYs I’ve ever seen! So much bloody work!!

  • Reply Lola 2nd December 2012 at 20:24

    I think I saw this on your instagram a while ago and I was completely blown away, it is absolutely stunning! Never would I have thought that a McQueen piece could be brought to life in other ways and as you say. the instructions are so simple but the results are on the other end of the scale, stunning photos, all goes perfectly with your outfit!! XXXX

  • Reply steph 3rd December 2012 at 02:19

    this is amazing kit! wow!

  • Reply Milly 3rd December 2012 at 04:48

    This is absolutely stunning – the setting too – so talented! x

  • Reply Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies 6th December 2012 at 21:27

    Absolutely brilliant, Kit (or Kitty, Kit-e, Kit-Kat, Kitten)! I’m all thumbs when it comes to DIY so am just amazed how you managed such a massive and elaborate project. Your photos, as always, are breathtaking!

  • Reply jessbuurman 12th December 2012 at 09:59

    very nice and skirt is gorgeous.
    Love this creation too.

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