Beaded-Applique Swing Skirt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Just the coming together of this project. The airbrushing, sewing, cutting and the bead work. It was a beautiful experience. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Give yourself plenty of time to complete this project and try not to rush. There is almost a feeling of sadness once it is complete. Mainly because it was worked on over a period of time and becomes a part of your life. You have such an insightful introspection during the experience. I recommend all of her books. The craftsy class is just icing on the cake!

What you will need

  • I used 1 1/2 yards of cotton jersey and Alabama Chanin's Swing Skirt pattern from Natalie Chanin's Alabama Stitch Book. I air brushed the Rose Stencil with Createx paint mixing up a dark gray using black and white paint. It is hand sewn and beaded with black Coats Button and Carpet thread and black glass bugle beads.

Q&A with OuttaMyGourd

martha bilski asked:
you did a beautiful job on the stenciling
OuttaMyGourd answered:
Thank you! It was fun. And messy.
Natalie Chanin asked:
Wonderful! Very impressed....
OuttaMyGourd answered:
I am so very thankful that you are presenting this Craftsy course. You quite literally bring your books to life, and I am grateful that I can see the "how to..." being so carefully shown. I am beholden to you for making "hand sewn" garments so fashionable! Thank You.
imp892 asked:
Absolutely beautiful..i have the books too and this class is just so great,..your skirt is gorgeous.
OuttaMyGourd answered:
Thank you so much! Are your books as "highlighted", "dog-earred" and falling apart as mine?
arielsmomma1020 asked:
Beautiful work! This looks amazing. Can't wait to see what you do next!
OuttaMyGourd answered:
Thank You! I am very excited to begin Ms. Chanin's Jacket. However, I have several projects all ready started. But the class was wonderful!
2beacreative asked:
This looks gorgeous! I also have an airbrush, but haven't tried it with stencils. How do you get them to stay on the fabric while airbrushing? I make rhythmic gymnastics suits for my two girls and use the airbrush freehand, but it would be fun to try out stencils.
OuttaMyGourd answered:
Thank You! I actually used Gunold's KK100 adhesive spray (just happened to be what I had on hand) and lightly sprayed it on the back of the stencil. Then I just laid the stencil on the skirt panel. It is a temporary adhesive. Let the paint dry some and be cautious when lifting it up.