To wear with my Pattern Magic Top, I wanted something a little out of the ordinary. Alexander McQueen did a bee theme for their Spring 2013 collection, which got me thinking about bugs and how cool they are. I thought it would be fun to screen print bugs onto a skirt to wear with my new top. And, indeed, it was fun.
The bug shapes are derived from illustrations in the book Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. I made myself crazy trying to get a finer level of detail from my screen printing screen, but apparantly there is a limit to how fine the lines can be. I wanted the bug wings to appear gossamer, with very fine lines making a network of veins for the wings, but it just was not going to happen that way. The thinnest lines remain rather thick for my tastes, but I adjusted my expectations.
The skirt fabric is a lovely chocolate cotton sateen. I screened the bugs in gold metallic ink.
I lined the skirt with the same silk taffeta the I made the top with. I embroidered a bug in the lining at the center back so it’s easier to tell back from front.
The pattern is a high waisted slight a-line from an older Burdastyle.