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AC Corset (first garment practice)

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AC Corset Front

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Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading and Embroidery taught by Natalie Chanin

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.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Funky
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What materials did you use? Two thrifted t-shirts, fabric paint embroidery floss, and button craft thread

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What are you most proud of? I am thrilled with what I was able to create with two old men's t-shirts. I love the focus and mindfulness of hand sewing. I also really like not having any machines involved!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I really think I should have made an unembellished version of the corset before I made this. I will do that with the next patterns I pursue and definitely the coat!

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Thanks, pattibelle. i'm really enjoying stitching on this one; it's very relaxing. I don't think Natalie mentioned anything about pressing the seams before we fell them. I'm concerned about stretching out the edges. I haven't sewn much with knits. What do you think?

08/02/2013 Flag

I did not press the seams on mine, but I thought I heard Natalie make reference to pressing seams at some point - I guess it really depends on the garment, as well.

08/02/2013 Flag

@pattiebelle, thanks for your your reply. I'll probably press on low heat. Too many years of "press as you sew" for me to change now :)

08/09/2013 Flag

It has been 30 years since I have sewn much of anything, so I am starting all over again. Lots of trial and error. :)

08/10/2013 Flag

Wow! you did such a wonderful job in making this piece come alive. Beautiful!

08/10/2013 Flag

Thank you!

08/10/2013 Flag

so fabulous looking! what is the middle grey ring?

08/18/2013 Flag

Thank you- it's stenciled fabric paint - a light gray that I mixed

08/22/2013 Flag

Did you make your own pattern or buy it? I'm getting back into sewing myself, mostly altering and repurposing clothing. You do lovely work.

10/23/2013 Flag