Monday, April 21, 2014
Dressed at last
Once upon a time I threaded a needle and took the first stitches on a very long journey....
Two years ago I started work on a DIY kit from Alabama Chanin. I didn't let myself fret too often over how long it took. This was the one project I would pick up and put down on a whim. And now, just in time for Easter Sunday (and thanks to some prodding by some good friends), I'm finally wearing it! I almost can't believe it myself.
Guess what... I love it! Up until the very last moment I wasn't sure how I'd feel when I put it on. But, I think it fits well and, most of all, I'm thrilled to know that I created it by hand, every. last. stitch. Yes, this is handstitched garment, made of two layers of jersey. The beautiful floral design is brought forth via reverse applique. It's not hard. But, time consuming? Definitely.
Since my sewing journey, I've made several things Alabama Chanin style, but this is the first whole garment. I really wouldn't have taken the plunge if I hadn't received the gift of a DIY kit that spring. With the kit, you receive all the pattern pieces cut in your size and already stenciled, so you can get right down to the sewing. I followed the measurement guide and ordered a large. It needed taking in here and there in the bodice, but that was a cinch because it's jersey, not quilting cotton. Mmmm.... I'm seeing the light on this jersey business.
You can shop the Alabama Chanin site for DIY kits or consider one of the Alabama Chanin books authored by Natalie Chanin (this one is my favorite and comes with a stencil!). Find my other posts on the project here, here and here.
And now, how about some of the girly in her Easter dress? She was feeling mighty feisty...
Just before we went in, I let her take over the camera and snap a giggling montage. Because I don't much like having my picture taken, so best get in a few more while I'm already putting myself out there (and she's making me smile).
Thanks for your love and support!