Voila… it’s finished!
And, I love, love, love, LOVE it! I’m so glad that I was reading the Alabama Stitch Book when this skirt was bleach-stained on our camping trip. Using the bloomers stencil and reverse-applique technique to hide the stain and salvage the skirt was oh-so-enjoyable; and successful, if I do say so myself!
I have two more projects in mind right now in the Alabama Chanin style. I’d love to make this “over the chair pincushion” also from the Alabama Stitch Book and a new shower curtain utilizing the bloomers stencil. Either would be the perfect portable project for our vacation in Nashville at month’s end.
I can’t decide what I like best about reverse applique – the process or the finished product. The basic method is to pin your contrast fabric underneath your outer fabric layer. Trace the design and then stitch. I find the stitching so relaxing! Last, cut out the outer fabric 1/8″ in from the stitch line to reveal your contrast layer. Cutting can be a little nerve-racking. But, happily, I never cut the contrast fabric!
Alabama Stitch Book, Natalie Chanin’s first book, was recently followed by Alabama Studio Style. Both books contain complete how-to instructions and gorgeous imagery. The main difference is in included stencils and projects. I’d really, really love to own them! Sigh…