Harley helps.

Harley helps.
Harley, my hard-working sewing assistant.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alabama Chanin updates

Fitted dress #2 is progressing. The first panel is done!


Here it is next to panel #2, which is stenciled and ready to go:


So here's the weird thing: 1) the completed panel definitely shrinks/contracts a little bit along the way, and 2) the blues look so different! Exact same fabric, though. I guess increasing the contrast by cutting out the shapes causes that?

Here's what I'm going for eventually:


I'm planning to make the underskirt too -- I ordered this hemp/organic cotton lightweight jersey from Organic Cotton Plus, which I'm hoping will work. Figuring out the beading should be fun. Also, seeing how long the "mid-length" skirt falls on someone who's 5'0".

And pockets! Pockets this time, if I can figure those out too.

3 comments:

  1. How strange about the blue looking different. The shrinkage makes sense because I've heard that quilting has that effect and it's a very similar technique. I presume they must take that into account in the pattern pieces?

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    1. Hey! They don't, actually...I thought it was weird that the first reverse applique dress was fairly...snug? compared to the un-embroidered muslin. Glad I cut #2 a bit bigger!

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  2. An authentic Alabama Chanin dress...I'm impressed! Enjoying your blog also.

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