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Created by: ConnieFL
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Alabama Chanin Long Fitted Skirt

Organic Cotton, Long Fitted Skirt, Backstitched, Anna's Garden stencil, Airbrushed. I used Alabama Chanin Anna's Garden stencil in PDF and loaded it into the Cricut Maker which can now cut pennant felt without any sticky backing!! YAY! Then I airbrushed the fabric using AC stencil paint which is a much lighter consistency than purchased fabric paint. The paint goes on very smoothly and does not add stiffness to the fabric. Each of the four panels was backstitched using embroidery thread. I would recommend keeping the pins in until you are completely done stitching as my first panel shrank a bit and I had to do a little patching on the bottom edge. It's not noticeable, but for this amount of work you want it to be perfect! Another thing to note is with the light weight cotton fabric (Florida girl here!), the cotton stretches during the stitching. It may not do that if you don't put as many stitches in as I did with this skirt, but if I do this again, I will go down a size or two. Even after making a muslin, I had to take in the sides quite a bit. I also used the Geometry of Sewing book to do my waist band so the stitches were kept even. I absolutely love this skirt and can see wearing it for years to come. Notes on the photos: Photos 1 and 2 are me wearing the skirt :) #3 is my "styling". I actually have a pair of sandals that matches the colors of the skirt exactly. I think teal and blue are my true color palette - look at the umbrellas on my patio, even they are blue and teal. Help me! lol Photo 4 are my panels hanging on my workout equipment to dry. I have to say it came in handy. I strung clothes lines all around it and it worked great to hold my stencil when it was with wet paint as well as the panels. I didn't want to put this outside as we have a lot of leaves and dust blowing around! Photo 5 is my Cricut Maker cutting a stencil. I played around with a few different ones. The end result was Anna's Garden using 6 12x24" stencils which I then sewed together with a zig zag stitch. Time spent: about 6 weeks of sewing every day. Totally worth it in the end.

You Can Make This

ConnieFL made Alabama Chanin Long Fitted Skirt with:

The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction

Online Class

The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction

with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making

  • Organic cotton
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Button Craft Thread

Project Description

Organic Cotton, Long Fitted Skirt, Backstitched, Anna's Garden stencil, Airbrushed. I used Alabama Chanin Anna's Garden stencil in PDF and loaded it into the Cricut Maker which can now cut pennant felt without any sticky backing!! YAY! Then I airbrushed the fabric using AC stencil paint which is a much lighter consistency than purchased fabric paint. The paint goes on very smoothly and does not add stiffness to the fabric. Each of the four panels was backstitched using embroidery thread. I would recommend keeping the pins in until you are completely done stitching as my first panel shrank a bit and I had to do a little patching on the bottom edge. It's not noticeable, but for this amount of work you want it to be perfect! Another thing to note is with the light weight cotton fabric (Florida girl here!), the cotton stretches during the stitching. It may not do that if you don't put as many stitches in as I did with this skirt, but if I do this again, I will go down a size or two. Even after making a muslin, I had to take in the sides quite a bit. I also used the Geometry of Sewing book to do my waist band so the stitches were kept even. I absolutely love this skirt and can see wearing it for years to come. Notes on the photos: Photos 1 and 2 are me wearing the skirt :) #3 is my "styling". I actually have a pair of sandals that matches the colors of the skirt exactly. I think teal and blue are my true color palette - look at the umbrellas on my patio, even they are blue and teal. Help me! lol Photo 4 are my panels hanging on my workout equipment to dry. I have to say it came in handy. I strung clothes lines all around it and it worked great to hold my stencil when it was with wet paint as well as the panels. I didn't want to put this outside as we have a lot of leaves and dust blowing around! Photo 5 is my Cricut Maker cutting a stencil. I played around with a few different ones. The end result was Anna's Garden using 6 12x24" stencils which I then sewed together with a zig zag stitch. Time spent: about 6 weeks of sewing every day. Totally worth it in the end.

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Skill Level

Intermediate