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Alabama Chanin Beaded Mardi Gras Dress

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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 Funky
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What materials did you use? Fitted long dress pattern from 3rd AC book, AC organic cotton jersey in storm and blueberry, Anna's Garden stencil, Createx opaque purple paint, button and craft thread in gray and blue (which looks purple), and over 16,000 glass beads in gunmetal gray!

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What are you most proud of? That I finished it in 3 months!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Leave at least 3/4" unbeaded at seam allowances in case you have to take it in.

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simply marvellous!!!!!!!!!! love it. and even more you adjusted the pattern perfectly, so it fits you like a second skin. amazing!!

09/19/2014 Flag

Ooh - thank you!

09/26/2014 Flag

Wow!!! Any estimate on how long this piece of art took you to make?

10/10/2014 Flag

It took 3 months, but that's about 1-2 hours at a time after work, though there were a couple of 3-hour days....

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10/23/2015 Flag

Did you hand stitch the whole piece? Even the seams? It's a beautiful dress!

11/17/2015 Flag

Yep, beaded then stitched the seams - had to use a thimble to push the needle because it was thick! Thanks!

11/17/2015 Flag