Sunday, 8 April 2018

Alabama Chanin inspired t-shirt


Last year, before our epic family road trip to the outback of Western Australia, I was looking for projects that I could take in the car to pass the time. Scrolling through the Alabama Chanin website, I came across a t-shirt with hand-beaded text on the front.
Alabama Chanin tee from their website
I decided to make my own version using the free Plantain tee pattern and the word 'Create'. I cut out the pattern from some blue knit fabric and stencilled the word across the front using a handmade stencil, silver acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Then I gathered together some beads, sequins, needles and thread and stuffed everything in a bag for the trip.


I'm not brilliant at looking down while I'm in the car as it makes me car sick, not to mention wanting to keep an eye out for kangaroos etc on the road, but I did manage to get a bit of beading done while we were travelling. After the trip, I carried on over the school holidays at the local theme park.


Finally it was done. I stitched the pattern pieces together by hand and embroidered a decorative stitch down the side seams, shoulder seam and on the neck binding using navy or pink embroidery thread.


Some close-ups:













I love this t-shirt with it's rustic, handmade look and added blingy beads. I wish I had more time to make all the Alabama Chanin things. I love them all!

I'm also wearing my Sasha trousers in these pictures.


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  2. Megan - the human bedazzler!

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  3. This looks great! What a cool application of the Alabama Chanin techniques!

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  4. I can't decide if the "C", the "T" or the last "E" is my favourite. I also love the stitching down the side. Once I would have known the name of that embroidery stitch... herringbone? I think you are very courageous to hand stitch stretch fabric.

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    1. Thank you Bronwyn. It's not courageous at all actually as this is a stretch stitch, but I can't remember the exact name either. So pleased you like it!

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  5. So cute! Love your Sasha trousers as well...I've been seriously tempted by this pattern but I like pull-on jeans so much (Eleanor by Jalie) it's difficult for me to switch back :)

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    1. Thank you. I love pull-on jeans too, but these are very comfy and I love the big front pockets!

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  6. Elvates a T-shirt to a luxury couture item. Inspiration for all of us.

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  7. You've inspired me to give it a go ;)

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  9. I know I've already said as much on insta... but gosh I love this make so hard. What a fabulous way to make a sewing project portable, too. It looks really good!

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  10. This is gonna inspire about a hundred copycat makes - and how great is that?!? Love it! Think I need to make one myself.

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  11. I took the Craftsy class on Alabama Chanin by Natalie Chanin and I must say she is among the best instructors I have ever taken a class from. She has worked for years developing her fabulous line of hand appliqued cotton knit garments that are sold all over the world . Don’t miss the chance to take her class!

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