Friday, April 24, 2009

Alabama stitch

So I found this new book, and I'm totally addicted. I think the projects are just the coolest! I immediately went thrifting, so I could "practice" this reverse applique technique on something that I hadn't invested a great deal in. So I picked up a size 3x pants that were a soft, tshirt knit and made 4 panels from the legs to make myself a skirt. I just barely got it to work.

The premise beheind the reverse applique is to stencil on a pattern and outline with a runing stitch {using a contrasting fabric underneath}, adding beads {as I did} if you want. Then cut away inside your stitching the top layer of fabric {that's been painted} to reveal your contrasting fabric.

So I found this nice stencil on the cheap at Michael's, but the "heads" of the flowers were so small that it didn't look right to do the reverse applique. I thought and thought and dreamed and thought until I finally saw this tutorial at Country Girl Couture

That was it!!! Those were the flowers I could do on my skirt. Luckily I had enough fabric leftover to make them :) Now I'm just trying to finish the applique {see stencil on right} so I can wear it this weekend! So I'm off to sew {hand sew...time consuming, hand sewing...but so worth it}.

I've entred my fabric flower at the Sew, Mama, Sew flower power contest. We'll see what they think. I've never really showed my work to anyone :) You can also check out what other people have been doing here.


8 Shout Out:

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Oh my gosh! This is fantastic! You are incredibly talented (I sew with a glue gun) and what you've made is awesome!

Melissa said...

Wow, honestly, that is some good work. Very stylish and proffesionaly done.

Staci said...

great work! I think the skirt is beautiful!

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Wowie, wow, wow, that is gorgeous! Nice work, Lisa :)

J.J. said...

That is awesome! I liked the fabrics that you "picked up"!

~~Mel~~ said...

I love it!

Jen @ said...

That is adorable!!! Oh, how I wish I could sew. I love that!


Jen said...

THAT is just beautiful! Very clever and creative of you to make a skirt from pants like that! and the detail work is amazing.

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