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Alabama Tuck Coat - Wannabe Style

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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 Whimsical
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What materials did you use? lightweight 100% cotton jersey

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What are you most proud of? Making the pattern. I couldn't find a pattern in the style of AC's coat, which is an old-fashioned frock-coat style. So I found a blazer pattern with the proper vertical seams and adapted it by lengthening it and adding the pleated panels. This garment is my "sample" in that I had no idea if I could make it fit. I think it turned out pretty well, though it would look so much better on me if I still wore a size 6! It's definitely got a lot of fabric, so would look best on a very slender woman. Still, I am not afraid to wear it outside the house.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just go for it - but use inexpensive fabric if you're experimenting with making your own pattern. The Swedish Tracing Paper I used for the pattern pieces was very useful; I literally sewed the pattern pieces together on the bodice before cutting into the jersey. On the sleeves, you can see the results of a last minute decision to embellish part of the garment, which I orginally intended to leave plain. Since the sleeves had not yet been sewn together, I did a little stencilling there. I wasn't crazy about the moorish tile stencil I designed - it was too uniform. So I ended up stitching each shape with a different stitch, and expanded my embroidery repertoire in the process.

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Actually, AC uses their lightweight jersey for their version. I've been doing my research--you've inspired me to try to draft a pattern of my own!

06/21/2013 Flag

Great! I hope you'll post your results. Using AC lightweight cotton would probably produce a better product than mine - the quality is just wonderful.

06/28/2013 Flag

I like those pleats in the back. Very nice

08/05/2013 Flag

This is so beautiful. Such an inspiration.

08/23/2013 Flag

This is gorgeous! I also loved the tuck coats on the AC site, I think it is wonderful that you drafted one! Yeah! And the embellishment is really lovely -- it totally makes the garment!

09/30/2013 Flag

Thank you very much for the kind words, Eva, pjustice and SiVal!

10/05/2013 Flag