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Marimekko Smockshop Dress

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Back view (with sun splotches)

Created in this Craftsy Course

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, Createx airbrush paint, button craft thread, Magdalena stencil downloaded from Alabama Chanin site and cut in mylar

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What are you most proud of? I can't claim originality, but I really like the bold navy and white color scheme in this Magdalena stencil. And it's really comfy!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a great stencil for anyone who is goal oriented and likes to get a project done quickly! Large scale = quick progress. To learn about the Smockshop pattern, check here: http://alabamachanin.com/journal/2012/09/diy-thursday-andrea-zittel-smockshop/ I cut the dress and learned that it worked as a sort of apron/pinafore, but it needed extra fabric under the arms in order to be worn without a shirt underneath. So I added a triangular piece on each side of the front panel, then threw in a couple darts to give it a better shape. The extra pieces meet in the back at about the bra-line, and snap together. It was a bit of an engineering challenge, but it works well now. My different sized friend tried on the finished dress and it fit her well too, so the pattern really is versatile. Here's the AC journal DIY piece: http://alabamachanin.com/journal/2013/04/diy-tunics-marimekko-style/

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Nancyz, the Mylar was 5 ml thick, from an art supply store. I don't know what balloon Mylar would be.

08/11/2013 Flag

Thanks , will look for that thickness.

08/18/2013 Flag

Beautiful piece. Love the pop of color from the flowers. Very good construction.

08/12/2013 Flag

Love it!

08/28/2013 Flag

Faux mom, how do you print the stenciles out in the correct size? This is wonder fill btw.

12/15/2013 Flag

I print the sections of the stencil on my computer, then tape them together. The trick is to get the design to display at original size, or 100 percent. Then I print each area in "page view" which means it prints everything you see on the screen. Next, I move to the adjacent area and print. There's probably an easier way to do this, but I arrived at this technique by trial and error? The really easy route would be to send it to Kinkos and have them print it.

12/20/2013 Flag