Alabama Chanin goes to the beach

Hi there, how’s it going in your neck of the woods? A lovely end to summer here and I was lucky enough to get to the beach before summer officially ended.

Do you miss your sewing machine when you’re away from it? I really do. Last year I tried embroidery, it never really flew.

Alabama Chanin, holiday stitching

This year, I tried Alabama Chanin, which I guess is also embroidery, but embroidery on a garment.

I loved it. Relaxing and satisfying.tmp_5958-image469361210

Minimal equipment

I used a photocopy of the Anna’s garden stencil, blown up a couple of times on a photocopier. I only cut out some of the shapes, with scissors.

I used a disappearing fabric pen to mark a few shapes at a time. I didn’t worry about remaining true to the stencil, just moved it around where ever felt right. I also made up my own shapes.

Here’s some pictures of the work in progress.

Barbarajanemade stencil and fabric pen

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another Liberty shirt for Simon

Have I mentioned before how much I love sewing with Liberty?barbara jane made Liberty fabric

I do love the fabric, a tana lawn* beautiful saturated colours and detail, all hallmark Liberty.

This design is called Darby, based on a painting by an art student and decscribed by Liberty as having ‘decadent Deco aesthetic’. So satisfying to sew with. Presses beautifully.

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