Friday, May 23, 2014

My Hand Sewn Alabama Chanin Dress is a Semi-Finalist!

This spring I entered my hand-sewn, fitted tank dress in the Threads Magazine SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge. Today, they announced the top 5 semi-finalists and I am one of them! I am so excited! I really want to will this contest! The entry with the most votes will receive two fabulous prizes – a Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz 25 embroidery and sewing machine worth $2,299.00, and a $100 gift card to GorgeousFabrics.


Please vote for me and relentlessly encourage your friends to do the same :) 

This dress took me ten months to make and I am so proud of it! Winning this prize would be icing on the proverbial cake.

Work in progress

Stitch details and binding

My label :)

On my dress form

On me :)
Happy Voting,


  1. Yay! I just finished voting. Exciting.


  2. Absolutely beautiful and handsewn! WOW!! I love how it fits too. Can you recommend a pattern that is similar to this dress that is "easy" level and machine sewn? I hope someday to be considered an advanced sewist. I am going to submit my vote for you. I hope you win!

    1. Thanks Veronica! You are so kind. I think Butterick 5706 might fit the bill. Cut View B and add a center front seam. If find when working with jersey cutting one up from your ready to wear size gives a good fit. So, if you wear a 10 in purchased clothes cut the number 12. The first time you do it, cut your regular pattern size and pin fit it first of course. :)
      Here is the pattern link.

    2. Veronica, Simplicity 1358 aka S0569s is even better. It is a new summer pattern with many options.

  3. I know now long this took you. I'm amazed at the beauty of this dress, and I am so proud of your attention to detail. So blessed. Voted.

  4. I just voted for you! What an accomplishment! This type of work is truly unique! Great job, and great meeting you at PR Weekend!

    1. Thanks Nisha for your kind words and vote; I appreciate it. It was great meeting you too!