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Alabama Chanin: Short Fitted Tank Dress (Short Fitted Tank Dress) - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:beanchor
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Posted on:8/8/13 5:57 PM
Last Updated:12/15/13 3:28 PM
Project Photo:Alabama Chanin: Short Fitted Tank Dress by beanchor

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description:
Hand-stitched Double Layer Four panel tank dress from Alabama Chanin Studio Sewing and Design

I have completed 3.5 of four panels!
All of the details and more photos are on my blog

Pattern Sizing:

S,M,L,XL I made a medium and sewed it with a 1/2 inch allowance.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I sure hope it will!

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The books give very clear instructions and inspirations for creating multiple garments. This garment requires: Tracing and cutting patterns, stenciling and painting fabric then stitching and cutting away the designs. The armholes and necklines will be bound using a stretch stitch. The hem will be left raw.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love everything about the patterns in this book. I like that this particular embellishment (outside negative reverse applique) is "fast" to sew. It is stitched in the running stitch and can be stitched continuously. Other methods require stitching each shape element and knotting off each time.

Fabric Used:
Double Layer Jersey Cotton in Tan and Teal

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I have opted to leave a small amount of the paint along the inside of each shape on this one. The inspiration dress has all of the paint removed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes! I plan to make it in a darker palette for myself with all the paint removed.

Conclusion: Great books and start to an awesome addiction. I have made many A.C. garments that can be seen here on PR and on my my blog
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wendlesue said...
wow, these are amazing projects! you are inspiring!
8/8/13 6:45 PM
JeannieWatt said...
Can't wait to see the finished project! This part is amazing.
8/8/13 7:08 PM
Elona said...
Gorgeous, just gorgeous!
8/8/13 9:13 PM
AuntieShel said...
Wow, this is beautiful!! Cant wait to see it finished. Do you trace and cut out the stencil?
8/9/13 0:55 AM
Karine said...
It's always a treat to see your work. This is going to be one terrific dress!
8/9/13 7:49 AM
CissieW said...
Can you see that my mouth is hanging open??!! Such incredible work! I know it will be well worth the effort!
8/9/13 9:23 AM
beanchor said...
Thank you everyone. AuntieShel, this is an Alabama Chanin stencil that I bought from the site. I have traced and cut stencils using pennant felt before. Because of the scale of the shapes, I decided to splurge on this one.
8/9/13 9:29 AM
nothy lane said...
Love it!!! What a work of art!
8/9/13 12:29 PM
Jstarr4250 said...
ANOTHER one?!! I can see this one is going to be a show stopper. I wish I could sit still and focus long enough to make one of these. The book just sits on my bedside table where I leaf through it longingly.
8/9/13 1:05 PM
Michele Lommasson said...
Well, I love it. I've never done any of the projects from my Alabama Stitch Book, but I'd like to. I can't wait to see the completed dress.
8/9/13 7:48 PM
mlsg said...
Keep up the good work! So great to see Alabama stitching on sewing pattern review! In 2 years when I finish my long bloomers skirt, I'll post it on here ;)
8/26/13 10:48 PM
ArtAttack said...
This is gorgeous and the technique so fascinating. I need to know more about this!
12/15/13 8:29 PM
Elizabeth made this said...
Love the color combination. I always look forward to your work--beautiful!
12/15/13 10:10 PM
Sew Good said...
Nice work. You have wonderful patience! If I made that, I would not be able to sell it!
12/21/13 10:52 AM
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