Alabama Chanin dress and bolero

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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 Casual

What materials did you use? Organic cotton jersey in black and grey.


Beautiful dress and bolero, so inspiring. I'm agonizing over the stencils. Hand-cutting is NOT my forte. Am trying to justify the cost of a pre-cut stencil. I'm so in love with this style of sewing that I'm asking for an AC gift certificate for Mother's Day :)

04/10/2013 Flag

Its absolutely worth it to buy the stencil from them. The project takes SO long even with the purchased stencil. I made a skirt about three years ago and I bought the stencil. SO glad I did. I'll get some photos up of the skirt (and a bag I made) one of these days! Isn't Natalie great?

04/22/2013 Flag

I bought the large stencil a few years ago to make the skirt. (I'll get some photos up eventually). It was SO worth it. You are going to spend HOURS and HOURS on any AC piece you do. The appreciation and love of the stitching and hand craftsmanship will be most felt and appreciated by just that. The stitching. If cutting out the stencil is overwhelming and tedious, you'll never get to the fun part! Go for it. This is a project that will take you way beyond anything you've ever done in terms of time commitment and pride of your finished project. It will represent many many other projects you DIDN"T do because this is a time commitment too. So you're actually SAVING money!

08/30/2013 Flag

oops...sorry I guess I feel strongly about this. I didn't remember that I already made my point. How do you make an embarrassed face with colons and parenthesis?

08/30/2013 Flag

Totally agree with you. I bought the stencil! :)

09/06/2013 Flag

this is gorgeous! love the color selection and pattern design~

05/12/2013 Flag

I just cut the bolero and it seems small...any advice?

05/31/2013 Flag

Beautiful work!

08/13/2013 Flag

These two pieces are too beautiful for words! AND....... I am in awe of the amount of projects you have completed!

10/26/2013 Flag