Alabama Chanin style clothes and Lagenlook seems to be what I have been pinning these days. What do you do when you have chemo brain? In my case, you spend a lot of time exploring Pinterest. I made a decision that 2014 was going to be the year that I defined my style but also I decided that I won’t be buying anything new this year. Well, almost anything, used clothes are still okay, but I want to limit even those purchases.
After looking at Natalie Chanin’s book,Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living and checking out her website, I realized that while it would be great to have all three of her books, it simply wasn’t in the budget. Hard choice, books or chemo? I really rather have books. However, I already know how to do the basics of Alabama Chanin style, reverse applique, embroidery, stenciling, and couching.
Last year, I had bought a couple of tee shirt knit slips thinking that I could wear them as skirts. It never happened. While the lavender one was a good length, the color was just off enough to not match any of my other things. The coral one was too bright and just a hair too short. Both of them sported the sort of cheap nylon lace trim most often found on inexpensive underwear of dubious taste.
Step one consisted of removing the lace, I didn’t take any photos, but you all know how to use a seam ripper. For some reason I saved the lace. Since I was already dyeing a pair of Husband’s pants tobacco brown that had gotten bleach splatters on the leg, it seemed like a good idea to put the coral slip into the pot with the leftover dye. It’s now an odd streaky shade of orange, so it’s hanging in the closet while I ponder the next step.
The lavender slip has fared better. First, I cut off an extra large dark purple tee shirt under the arms. The resulting fabric tube was shorter than my slip, so I ripped out the hem, still too short. Turning the slip inside out, I pinned the edges together. Then I embroidered them with feather stitch. I did a short and long running stitch on the top. Here is the inside of the skirt so you can see what I mean.
Since it gave a yoke like appearance to the skirt, I decided to reinforce the look by stitching a row of closed feather stitch under the running stitch.
Venturing into the depths of my studio, I decided a parrot stencil would work well with my colors. I had bought some fabric paint at one of the numerous craft stores here, unfortunately, it was thick and gloppy and didn’t come out of the tube like it should have. However, one of the benefits of having chemo brain is not always making logical decisions, yeah, I am choosing to call it a benefit. Instead of worrying about it, I just dabbed it on my stencil with my finger.
Here is my completed skirt. It’s not exactly Alabama Chanin but it is inspired by the look. Now to see if I will actually wear it.