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Pattern/Method test appliques

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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
pattiebelle on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? muslin and thrifted jersey from old t-shirts, embroidery floss

pattiebelle on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I haven't sewn in a couple of decades, but it seems to be coming back to me. I am going to create my own stencil pattern based on dots/circles - I love the AC stencils, but they are not really me. I am very inspired by the various polka dot things they have done, however. I plan to test the stencil on a corset and skirt from Book 1 before I proceed with the more complicated coat. I also put a pic in of my mobile sewing kit so I can schlep the work with me. I love these Cocoon organizers - I think they'd be pretty easy to make, but I had a couple laying around and repurposed one for sewing.

pattiebelle on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? The process of working with this "throw away" fabric made clear the difference that quality jersey makes. I will be hunting down good thrift shirts for the smaller projects and saving my pennies for AC fabric for the coat. FYI: These samples did not take long AND the suggestion Natalie makes about pre-threading multiple needles - golden! I don't know how long it would have taken me to think of that.... Doh!

pattiebelle on craftsy.com

Really like your color combos and dot pattern - go for it!

06/28/2013 Flag

Thank you! I need to source some good chartreuse jersey - I'll have to make a thrift trip this weekend...

06/29/2013 Flag

I love your trials! The colors are great and the pattern is really modern and fun. I completely agree with your comments about the right materials making all the difference. Finally purchasing the milliner needles vs using the sewing needles that I had really made a difference for me. Is the muslin as forgiving as the jersey for appliqu after multiple washings? It look beautiful now...

06/28/2013 Flag

The muslin was just an experiment for a japanese wrap dress project - it is quite delicate - it will have also many draw string ruffles and is also partly hand sewn - I won't be throwing that one in the washer casually - it was really meant to test the pattern and now I have become quite attached to it....

06/29/2013 Flag

Post an updated picture - it sounds amazing. The muslin has such differen properties than the jersey - I would love to see how it is working out. Sometimes those projects that you start, just to test and then keep fiddling are the best ones...

07/06/2013 Flag

Love your dot patterns and the colors you used. Great job, and I bet you learned a lot!

06/28/2013 Flag

I am learning so much! I am a bit anxious about those hand sewn felled seams - I just need to get in there and try it on some scrap fabric...

06/29/2013 Flag

Thank you, all. I'm going to start cutting stencils today and the fabric for the corset.

06/29/2013 Flag