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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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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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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

Love this! Wish you would consider selling your pattern on Etsy.

09/02/2014 Flag

Thank you Holly! If only I knew how to make patterns in different sizes.... maybe I'll take a class some day. But it's not that hard to make your own if you start with Simplicity 2341, then add some seams, some tucks, and some front plackets :)

09/12/2014 Flag

Wow! This looks really beautiful and creative! Love it!

09/16/2014 Flag