Friday, March 25, 2011

Alabama Studio Style: Gore Skirt with Bird


Next up, this gored skirt for Clara from Alabama Studio Style. The skirt is made from the same pattern as the dress, you just cut it off in the middle. Natalie Chanin would have you using fold-over elastic to finish the top, but a casing with narrow elastic works well too, and is readily available.


I stitched these seams on the machine, and left them unfinished, devoting myself heart and soul to embellishment. Which took the form of a purchased bird stencil and my second attempt with fabric paint--sponged on this time. I bought a little $1.00 packet of paint meant for an air-brush apparatus, and squeezed it out into a saucer and sponged it on with a cheapie sponge. That worked.


After it dried I did my First Ever reverse applique using a scrap of teal jersey from a tee shirt, and then frosted the cake with a few blue bugle beads. The trick, as ever, is stopping.

20 comments:

Ribbons -n- Rags said...

I must try these skirts and dresses. They look so comfy. Where are you finding such nice jersey fabric?

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Lisa said...

So pretty! Fortunate Clara!

Lisateresa

MamaMunchy said...

That is a beautiful skirt. Unlimited possibilities too. Very inspiring :)

mongollisa said...

Anna....the beauty of this took my breath away. Looks so lovely and fun to do. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that the trick is in stopping! Thank you for these glimpses of beauty....I find it is much-needed for me right now, as I look out upon my very-much-winter landscape, and long for spring. But it's warming up here in the boonies of Mongolia -- only 15 below F this morning! Yes, I know. eep.

Chas said...

That is INSANELY gorgeous! Oh my... just breath-taking!

Eva Girl said...

Beautiful!

Rose said...

Felix may well be asking for a repeat of the bird sans beads for one of his shirts. :)

Lovely work as usual Anna and nice to hear of Clara, I've been wondering how the girls are going with school.

Barbara said...

So inspiring ...

Polly said...

I love this! It looks like such a fun thing to make. Paint!!! Bring it on!

Julie said...

Gorgeous!

Julian said...

very pretty! like how you used a piece of old tee shirt fabric. Very resourceful. I went on the website. The clothes looked cute.
Christina

Kate said...

Wow! So gorgeous!

~Kate

Farrah said...

That's so cute! And it looks so comfortable.

A craftsy gal said...

Oh my goodness how lovely! The skirt is gorgeous! I wish I could make my own. Soon, hopefully, soon. I'm planning on learning seamstress skills, and I hope to be able to make such lovely skirts too!

good_to_be_home said...

Beautiful!

Margo said...

oh! it's beautiful! I liked all the details of the process too. Sometimes assembling all the little bits and bobs just puts me off a project, though. However, your results are so pretty. And I so agree that stopping is the best design decision in most cases!

Carol said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! (in MD)

Martha A. said...

Very pretty! I wanted to see the pattern, but the link is not working!

Natalie_S said...

You're making me want to dust off my sewing machine. That's exactly the sort of simple, feminine skirt I like to wear in the summer. It looks perfect for road trips or days when aren't sure if you're going to end up eating gelato at a downtown cafe or looking for sea shells on the beach. It's beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I have been lurking on your blog and seeing these darling outfits that you have been trying recently -Alabama Chanin. I am debating whether to purchase the book and try her fashions out. Could you share if you like the fitting of the pattern with your blog fans?

BTW, I don't blog but do a lot of sewing in between homeschooling my last child. I find much inspiration from your sight and your Precious family. I love sharing your inspiring blog with others <3
fra_maria@sbcglobal.net
Maria Ricci

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