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Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric

Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading and Embroidery

with Natalie Chanin
Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric
Designer Natalie Chanin will show you how to hand-sew appliqué and add artistic stencils and stitches to turn a Vogue coat pattern (included free!) into a work of art.

Join the innovative designer behind the Alabama Chanin brand in her studio to learn timeless hand stitching techniques to create elegant wardrobe pieces. Using the stencil pattern provided or one of your own, you'll apply your designs to two layers of soft and supple cotton jersey, then choose from a variety of appliqué styles. You can add embroidery and beading to further customize your coat. Finally, you'll learn construction and finishing techniques for your coat, including felled seams with topstitching, pocket insertion, shapely darts and sleeve-edge ribbing – all achieved with simple hand stitching.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet designer Natalie Chanin and learn about the included Vogue pattern


Lesson 2. Sewing Techniques & Tips

  • Add sewing techniques to your repertoire that will make hand embroidery a breeze


Lesson 3. Pattern Pieces

  • Prepare your pattern pieces for embellishment


Lesson 4. Stenciling the Fabric

  • Create and use an elegant filigree stencil to mark your fabric


Lesson 5. Reverse Appliqué

  • Stitch and cut out reverse appliqué and negative reverse appliqué


Lesson 6. Adding Appliqué Elements

  • Add appliqué elements with a variety of embroidery stitches such as whipstitch, blanket stitch and herringbone


Lesson 7. Adding Beads

  • Attach beads and sequins for another layer of texture


Lesson 8. Constructing the Coat

  • Assemble your coat, including seams, slash pockets and darts


Lesson 9. Finishing Details

  • Create the finishing details for your gorgeous, one-of-a-kind garment


Lesson 10. Bonus: Mending Knit Fabric

  • Is there a hole in your favorite T-shirt? Learn how to mend it!

“I have absolutely loved watching this course. I am so impressed with the information and techniques provided. I am an advanced seamstress but this course is geared to anyone that wants to make a one-of-a-kind garment.”
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