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G'Day Alabama!

Added Feb 25, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






Alabama Studio’s use of loose thread ends protruding from a knot lends itself to the Australian Native Waratah. See the photo of the real flower on the project to see the remarkable resemblence! The red thread is a stiff linen thread (of a different grade to the seam threads) and it will keep the upright shape of the waratah stamen.

This is the project I started after I received the Studio Style book. Features inked and quilted waratah. And reverse applique waratah stem. Herringbone stitched neck and arm bindings. Variation: Used a yellow permanent marker as a drop shadow (instead of black sharpie) for outline of Waratah.

Natalie’s projects are a delight to follow. Her text encourages and nurtures. And the patterns provided (I didn’t know it came with patterns!?), talk about a fabulous fit!

Waratah is New South Wales’ State flower (my state!).

Material Notes

organic cotton jersey (dijon and trooper); linen thread (mustard from France; red from Germany – alas, no Coats and Clark buttonhole thread in Oz); fabric paint




Garment Type
Casual, Romantic



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    Mar 3, 2010, 12.45 AMby knitmonkey

    lovely color contrast & the loose threads are perfect on that stencil!

    also love your Blythe mini version of you ;)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 06.45 PMby lettergirl

    Love the color scheme — and that your inspiration came from nature. Gorgeous!

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      Feb 26, 2010, 08.53 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you, lettergirl. Your skirt and top are F-A-B!
      Turns out this colour and the dark green lining it were the only two organic jerseys in Sydney… I got lucky!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 08.45 AMby nessys

    This is cool too – I didn’t realise it was a dress until I sussed out all the pics. You’re right, the loose threads really capture the essence of the waratah. Lovely colours on you too.

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