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AC-inspired T-shirts

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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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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Cotton Jersey, beads, airbrush paint, embroidery thread.

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What are you most proud of? The stencils. I'm no artist so I'm just glad they came out looking well. I drew on my quilting experience for the feather's style and I'm really happy with the result. After taking Natalie's class I immediately bought one of her books and have been trying hand-sewing projects ever since. For these shirts I wanted to make my own designs for my sister and her daughter so I drew up the bird and feather pictures for stencils. For my niece's feather shirt I wanted to make it a little more whimsical to soften the fact that it was black so I drafted up a petal kind of sleeve which I've never done before. I had so much fun with these shirts!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Find your own style and run with it. It's immensely more satisfying when it's your own from start to finish.

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Beautiful-I really like the t-shirts. I hope your sister and niece love their t-shirts

06/13/2013 Flag

Thanks. I hope so too!

06/16/2013 Flag

Love your t-shirts and love the colors you have used. Great work!

06/13/2013 Flag

Thank-you.

06/16/2013 Flag

Love how you've put your own twist to it! Looks like you were working with one layer of cotton jersey. Did you use a stabilizer underneath when stitching? I really like the idea of working with one layer of jersey ... it's just too hot here to wear 2 layers.

06/15/2013 Flag

On the bird shirt I used a double layer for the front and sleeves but left the back single. And on the feather shirt I did the same for the back and sleeves but the front was single layer except where I stitched. I just used a scrap piece a little larger than the feather and when I was done stitching, I trimmed it at the back so it wasn't flapping around under there.

06/16/2013 Flag

Lovely!

06/17/2013 Flag

Great job I love the organic feel of the bird and branch

06/19/2013 Flag