Wednesday, February 26, 2014

applique + alabama chanin style + giveaway

I love Alabama Chanin! How could I not? It's beautiful. Every garment has been hand stitched by folks living in Alabama, folks that could be your neighbors. She encourages use of upcycled jersey. Did I mention how beautiful it is?

I have flipped through the Alabama Stitch Book so many times it's just crazy that I don't actually own this book. My local library does, however, and it was time I actually made something from it.

Aside from scarves, I've been focusing my making on spring/summer attire. I want to be ready when the warmth comes back. Headbands are part of my Summer style so I started there.

I grabbed some old tees and followed the pattern for the Lace-Stripe Headband. I choose a different stencil from the book since I wanted to do the reverse appliqué instead of paint and bead (which is what the project calls for.)

Sharpie marker was listed as an acceptable tool to stencil with and I jumped on that. It is also encouraged to show your knot-off thread. I didn't like the look of it on every "leaf" so I knotted off top side and bottom.

It was so much easier than I thought it would be so I quickly started on a second.

I bought this shirt five years ago to wear on my honeymoon. It got stained somewhere along the way and has been tucked in the back of my closet since pre-pregnancy. I couldn't bare to toss it, so...
...headband #2.

Since I used reverse appliqué on the first, I thought I would use regular appliqué on the second. This plan would also involve using some beading techniques from the book. I decided to machine stitch my layers together this time to have a more subtle edge.

I opted to not use any particular stencil from the book for round 2 and instead free-hand cut some leaf-like shapes from another old tee.

I'm not really into beading, but oddly enough, I had 3 colors of  beads to choose from stashed away in a drawer (they're at least 10 years old.)
These silver/translucent ones looked great.

Since I'm not a blingy type of girl I only beaded 4 of the leaves and left the rest with the plain & pretty hand stitching.

Here they both are; appliqué and reverse appliqué. They both came out so perfectly rustic, you will be sure to see more of this style from me in the future. Psst, I've already adorned another abandoned tee.

I'll admit that I am more in love with the yellow one, despite this strange pic. Maybe it's the shirt's history, maybe it just matches my earrings better. But you know when you love one thing more, you won't wear the other. So, it is time for:

Just leave me a comment below if you want to win this rust colored headband! Hmmmm, let's say you have until Monday, March 3rd at 8am.

 If more than one of you dear friends and family (let's face it you are the only ones reading this) are interested then I'll let the little guy pull a name out of a hat. Because we are super hi-tech around here.
Good Luck!


  1. Me! Me! I want it! It should stay in Knollwood. ;-)

  2. Headband is sweet,
    stitching is, too.
    appliqués pretty,
    and so are you!

    1. Hmmmm, you might get extra credit for the poem Anne. Thanks!

  3. I want it too....It's a knollwood battle :)

    1. Just kidding....I do want it but Kimberly commented first....maybe I could commission you to make me one :)

    2. Looks like fate lies in the hands of a toddler now :)

  4. i love them!!!! nice work. D, pick my name! :)

  5. CONGRATULATIONS KATIE!!!! Desmond did indeed pull your name out of his little hat!

  6. Ono - send me your details, you won my men's shirt pattern giveaway! noo222(at)! Cheers, Sarah :)