A little more than a year ago I was turned on to the amazing Natalie Chanin from Alabama Chanin. Check out her wonderful unique clothing designs at Alabamachanin.com. So then I bought all 3 of her books which are wonderful, well written, and in which she shares every detail about making clothes just like she sells on her website. I was completely amazed and in love with the style so I made a skirt using her techniques, you can see it here http://www.colorfullydistracted.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-07-02T06:21:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=13&by-date=false After I had finished the skirt I decided to make another AC project that I had seen in the 3rd book Alabama Studio Sewing +Design. It is a rectangular wrap/shawl which I thought would be an easy project. I designed my own stencil design, made the stencil, painted the design, did all of the stitching and cutting out design, got it all finished tried it on and I hated it. It was too stiff and didn't drape like it should to be flattering. I folded it up and put it in a drawer. Fast forward a few months, I was surfing on the Craftsy website and found that there is a Craftsy class by Natalie Chanin called Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric. I immediately purchased the class and watched it. The class was wonderful. I enjoyed having Natalie Chanin "teaching me" all of her techniques and it got me super motivated to do another Alabama Chanin type garment. I got the idea to use the shawl, which was essentially a 20" x 40" rectangle, as "fabric" to make a more fitted jacket.
I found a Vogue pattern (Sandra Betzina 1036) I liked. I used plain black knit to make it so that I had enough fabric to cut out the jacket, and then I hand stitched the same stencil design on the black to help make the 2 fabrics work together.
The stencil design was done with a pearl white Lumiere fabric paint. I like the color of it, but it made the fabric very stiff. Which made the stitching a bit harder to do. In the class Natalie talks about using an airbrush to do their stenciling. It turns out I already have an airbrush so that is how I will stencil my next project. Also I had used Perle cotton to do all the stitching on this project, which is not what Natalie usually uses, but I wanted the stitching on the black to stand out. I did a bound edge along the neck and front and used a herringbone stitch to finish it.
Yes, I am already planning my next project. I really love doing the hand stitching! The class I took included a Donna Karan (V1263) Vogue pattern, and while I absolutely LOVE the design of the coat I'm just not sure I'm gonna love it on me. It has a large shawl collar and an overlap at the front that I'm afraid will just make me look fat and frumpy.
So, I have been searching for the perfect pattern style. Not sure I have found it yet. I actually really like the pattern of this grey/black jacket. And it fits really well. So I may just do another version of the same pattern.
I have worn this jacket and it is super comfy because of the knit fabric. And it's great because it looks good with jeans, or a dressier black skirt.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project, thanks for stopping by, Sylvia