Monday, January 28, 2013

Jamie Shift Dress in Alabama Chanin Style

I have completed my entry dress for the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest. It took only one and a half weeks of nap-time and bedtime sewing. Given what was involved from start to finish, I am surprised that I completed it so quickly!
  • First, the pattern was traced and cut (my least favorite part).  From the original pattern, I omitted the facings and instead used a double layer of jersey fabric; blue for the top and cream underneath. I also omitted the back zipper and instead used a six inch slit and hook and eye closure.
  • The top fabric was painted with the Angie's Fall stencil with fabric paint and allowed to dry overnight.
  • Next, I began hand stitching around the shape using running and reverse back stitches leaving the thread tails and knots visible on the right side of the fabric.
  • I then, hand beaded sequins and seed beads inside the shapes. This process is completely new to me and I think I did a fair job of it. I learned some "what not to dos", but all in all I am happy with it.

  • The dress was then hand sewn together, then the side and shoulder seams felled to the wrong side and sewn.
  • Finally, I bound the neck and arm holes securing them with a herringbone stitch.
 It is fun and flirty and I think it is too cute!

The contest deadline has been extended to February 15th, so there is still time for you to get your entry in!

Happy Sewing


  1. Hi, I'm a fellow AC enthusiast and found your blog thru Pinterest. Your dress is outstanding :) Such a beautiful colour and your stitching is awesome. I love the beads. I'm signed up for Natalie's Craftsy class and waiting for my pattern to arrive. Congratulations on your lovely interpretations of AC sewing style.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words! I love her designs. I hope to go to a studio weekend when my life slows down! Enjoy the class on Craftsy!