Alabama Chanin Style Stenciled Curtains

We noticed that the curtains at the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch were rather plain, so I offered to add a stenciled border. Because of the placement of the beds, one set needed a border at the hem, and the other up the sides.

I made sure to wash the curtains first, as usually new items are shipped with sizing or some other fabric stiffener in the fabric. The paint may not take if there are chemicals in the fabric.

I set up my garage and sprayed in the cool of the morning, instead of out in the sun during the heat of the day. The paint can get rather viscous and sticky in heat and humidity.

I first put down a drop cloth, then put paper over it. Our local newspaper has end of the rolls of their newsprint paper for free. It's useful for all types of projects, especially spray painting.

I chose the Alabama Chanin's Paisley stencil. I've used this stencil a lot! Since there are mostly men at the Ranch, I felt this classic stencil would suit them well, while still adding some pattern. I didn't do any sewing on the curtains, just the paint. It was very easy, and I think it turned out really nice.

What do you think?

We have a winner!!

Yay! We have a winner for the Travelling Veterans Quilt!!! In fact, we have lots of winners. First of all, the people involved in making the quilt and raising $3,082 for the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch: And all the people at the Ranch helping all our amazing veterans: Everyone helping make a difference for all those who helped preserve our freedoms and fight for our wonderful country. Thank you so much. And thank YOU for all your support and for buying raffle tickets. 

And the winner of The Travelling Veterans Quilt is.....(drum roll, please).... Debbie Siebert!!! Congratulations, Debbie! Debbie would like to keep the flag travelling, and hopes to display it in a very public place. What a wonderful idea. I'll keep you posted on just where the quilt winds up next. 

To be continued......

Alabama Chanin Camisole Dress for my Girl

After years of procrastinating, last month I decided it was time to stitch up a dress for my sweet girl. We pondered over color choices...carmine or apple or burgundy or green...stencil choices, technique, sizing, pattern modifications. In the end she chose Alabama Chanin medium weight jersey, Apple over Natural, Angie's Fall stencil, reverse applique, Alabama Chanin Camisole dress pattern with a raised V-neck, and a shorter hemline that is taken up at the waist to keep a full "skater" skirt.

The modifications were easily made. I took a t-shirt neckline that I liked, vertically folded it in half, and traced it onto Pelon. I taped the new neckline over the existing pattern neckline.

For the shorter length with the full skirt, I cut the pattern at the high hip, and brought the bottom of the pattern up about four inches. I taped the bottom portion of the pattern onto the upper portion of the pattern, and tapered the sides to fit.

I wanted to make a test dress first to ensure it would fit properly before putting the time into the embellished version. I happened to be looking through the Organic Cotton Plus website and saw two of my daughter's favorite colors, Smokey Teal and Atlas Green. They both would make the perfect basic dress, but which color to choose? At $10 a yard and free shipping, I chose them both! Plus I found the prettiest hemp woven fabric that I couldn't pass up. I'm not sure what I'll make with it, but I just HAD to have it.

My daughter liked the idea of Natural trim on the Smokey Teal, plus the Smokey Teal was a similar weight jersey to the Alabama Chanin Apple and Natural fabrics that I had for her embellished dress, so my first go was with the Smokey Teal. It only took a few hours to cut and stitch the six seams on the dress. I waited to fell the seams and add the binding until I was sure of the fit. 

She stopped in to try it on, and she looked so pretty ~ color, cut, shaping, length were spot on. There was one minor adjustment to an upper back seam, then I started felling seams that night. As I added the Natural binding I wondered whether to stitch the rosebud stitch in slate or cream. I decided on the cream and used embroidery thread that was very subtly variegated.

I bound the hem for a little pop. Eventually, perhaps on some cold winter's evening, when my sewing queue has dwindled, I would like to add some random embroidery at the hemline, Alabama Eyelets, French knots, and whatnot. But it's summertime now, and this dress needs to be worn ASAP! Happy girl with dress number one, ready for a midsummer's outing.

Dress number two is another single layered basic, tone on tone binding with the hem left raw, in Atlas Green. This simple version takes just a few evenings of stitching to complete.

Dress number three will be the Apple over Natural, Angie's Fall stencil, embellished version.

This will take a few weeks to make. I'll post pictures when I've completed the final frock.

Happy Summer Stitching!