I have always loved sewing by hand. When I was younger, I learned to embroider, and I embroidered tea towels, shirts, table runners, and lots of other things. There's just something nice about making stitches by hand. As I became more confident with garment construction, I incorporated more and more hand stitching. I enjoy putting in a hand picked zipper. Of course, when I was first learning to sew, there weren't all of the tapes and fusibles available today. Facings were sewn down by hand as were linings, hems, and basting. My mother hated hand sewing, but I kind of liked it. She loved to knit but hated sewing the pieces together. I didn't like to knit (I do now although I'm painfully slow) but I like hand piecing.
A few weeks ago, I ordered a copy of Alabama Chanin's Studio Style + design.
I was first inspired by the fitted top, but I'll write more about that later.
I was surfing the internet looking to see what people had done with either the AC patterns or from inspiration from her techniques. I ran across this post by Rice, and was inspired. I HAD to make that skirt! The next day after work, I ran over to the Bargain Basement (or whatever that place is called in Exeter) and bought three size 3XL T shirts for $6.99 each. I would have gotten 4XL if they would have had it. The only fabric store around here is JoAnns, and we also have a Hobby Lobby. Neither one of them carry cotton jersey. I took those shirts home and threw them in the wash. Then I traced the skirt pattern out of the book and cut up the black Tshirt. The pattern just fit on that shirt (I cut a size large according to my measurements.)
These are the materials that I used:
- 3XL cotton T shirt from bargain store
- Alabama Chanin short skirt pattern from Alabama Chanin Studio + Design book
- button hole thread from Wawak. (I love this thread, but it is very thick and may be slightly waxed. I had a hard time finding an appropriate needle)
- large eyed embroidery needle (I'm still looking for a better needle choice. This was the only thing I could get the thread through, but it was also like pushing a nail through the fabric)
- 1" wide fold over elastic in black from JoAnns.
- cotton all purpose thread for basting also from Wawak
- DMC embroidery floss for hem trim (I think I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
- Tailors chalk