If you know anything about Alabama Chanin or have seen the clothes, then I really don’t have much to add to your knowledge and exposure, so this post is really all about me and showing off!
First outfit finished! Yeah FINISHED……..
OK, so now a little bit of detail.
The bolero has a plait made from cotton jersey ropes around the edges, slipped stitched in place.
It is a wee bit reversible in that the black side has a band of jersey to cover the stitches on the navy side.
All the patterns are from Alabama Studio Sewing book: fitted tunic, mid length skirt and bolero. All the seams on each item are hand sewn and felled to the outside. The stencil pattern is Anna’s garden.
I underestimated how long it takes to cut out the stitched pieces – each skirt panel (4) took 3 hours in cutting! So now on my next pieces I stitch, then cut as I go. Probably still takes 3 hours but at least it’s interspersed with something interesting.
All the items are incredibly easy to wear, so comfortable and really surprisingly robust. I did think that hand sewn clothes would be fragile but they are very sturdy. I love the simple shapes of these pieces too. These are all double layered so I think they will last into winter and all the way out the other side.
I did a rough guess calculation, based on amount of embellishment and prices of similar things on AC website
Tunic – $1,300
Skirt – $2,700
Boler0 – $300
Scarf – $ 60
That’s a whopping $4,360, which I made for about £25 (excluding the book) and had a fun time doing it too. Now surely that’s reason enough for those of you still on the fence……
Time to sit back in the old deckchair where most of this work was done, relax, enjoy the early September sunshine and bask in the comfort and pride of sewing this all by hand…….. except…..
While I was in the garden taking the photos, look what DHL delivered
Another ten thousand metres of cotton jersey!