I did it! After a winter of careful stencil making, slow zenful stitching, and unyielding devotion I finally finished my latest off white Bloomer skirt from Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book. I love this book and have made several of the projects in it.
Natalie Chanin pioneered a stitching technique that creates intricate patterns and textures in cotton jersey that are 100% hand stitched – when I look at her collection of couture fashion it makes me jelly in the knees – LOVE!
Previously I had used spray paint for applying the stencil designs but I was so inspired by the prospect of crafting one of a kind fancy clothes for myself out of cotton t-shirts that I posted a request on my local Freecycle site for an airbrush & compressor which - amazingly enough someone donated to me!!! I am still learning how to use the airbrush setup but I have big plans – big plans indeed.