I have always wanted to make my own wardrobe. I have all these ideas in my mind, what I want to wear and how I want it to feel.
Sadly, I am not really very versed on the sewing machine. Handstitching on the other hand… now there I got you covered. I can stitch up a storm, with needle and thread. So imagine my surprise, when I ran into Alabama stitch studio a few years back. Clothing? Stitched entirely by hand? Pray, do tell!
I ended up buying one of her books and was hooked to say the least.
I have made a few things out of the book already (the headband and… oh. I think that was it. NO! The dishtowels!!! Alas instead of stencils from the book, I used cookie cutters.)
I love it. The slowness, the in detail getting acquainted with your new garment to be. The feeling of “control” I have while stitching. (Not like on a sewing machine, where everything seems to run away from me.)
Today I found we had two identically blue T-shirts in our refashion pile. OH! A skirt! So out with the cutting mats and the rulers. I cut the T-shirts in four parts for my skirt and used the stencil that comes with the book.I am not doing an all over stencil, like the skirt in the book and mine will be a bit differently shaped as well. I only have reverse applique around the bottom of the skirt, since the third T-shirt I picked for the applique was only a tank top.
I have the first bit embroidered and now on to the next. Three more panels and I can start on putting the skirt together. I think it will look adorable and be just fine for this summer.
What are you stitching right now?