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3 July

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    Jul 3, 2010, 12.53 PMby silvermink

    Thanks for the comment on my Midsommarklänning :) It was exating to make it in a print! You never know how it will turn out!

6 May

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    May 6, 2010, 10.19 AMby anajan

    Hi Tessi, thanks for commenting my Origami dress.

26 March

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    Mar 26, 2010, 01.34 PMby b-ella

    i do have the latest book… alabama studio style… i was thinking about ordering the stitch book as well, but i’m not sure what what the biggest difference is between them. the corset pattern you made, is that from the stitch book? i think the studio style book only has the “tunic” version of the corset. is that right?

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      Mar 26, 2010, 02.20 PMby tessi

      My cami/corset pattern came from the Alabama Stitch Book. The camisole/tunic/dress/skirt in Alabama Studio Style has fewer vertical seams, which is probably perfect for the larger stencil designs. However, I find that all of the vertical seams in the cami/corset from Alabama Stitch Book allow more fitting opportunities, and they are very slimming as well. My “Carmen” cami/corset was made exactly per Alabama Stitch book, using the pattern and stencil recommended for it. well…I did a different neckline treatment…..
      The “Maple Leaf Rag” cami/corset was again the same pattern, but I made my own stencils, and opted to have raw edges, etc. In Alabama Stitch book, there is an option of making the cami/corset from one to two printed tees. This is what I tried as my “muslin”. I will be using this idea again, since I have two really interesting men’s Ed Hardy tees by Christian Audigier that I want to combine into a colorful top for the Summer. That brand is ridiculously expensive, but I found mine in TJMaxx for $30.00 each. The screen printing is impeccable, and the fabric is very smooth and soft.

      I LOVE some of the new ideas in Alabama Studio Style, and incorporated one of her ideas in my “Town Meeting Spiral Scarf”. I feel somewhat addicted to this type of stitching! I wish I were younger and slimmer, but I STILL want to wear different and unusual things!

23 March

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    Mar 23, 2010, 02.15 PMby b-ella

    thanks for your comment, and your advice on the corset top. sounds like a good idea, to start with a fitted base that works. i was a little nervous about how to make it a perfect fit with all of those pieces…

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      Mar 25, 2010, 03.01 AMby tessi

      Do you have either of the Chanin books? I guess you must, if you are trying the camisole – DUH! Well, I believe she suggests making a snug fit. The cotton knit sort-of stretches and molds to your shape as you wear it. I’ll have to dig out my pattern, but I believe I went down one size from my measurements, and then ended up adding just a bit to the curve in the bust area for a wee bit more room. It is low cut, so that you need a demi-cup bra. The armholes are just right – no gaping and no bra bits showing. I’ve actually found that, with the doubled fabric and reverse applique, I can go without a bra if I’m not doing anything bouncy! (34DD). The cami/corset hugs everything close to your chest……….