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Alabama Chanin Dress--Completed (with a little help from my mom)

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may recall that last February I posted a photo of the kit I got from Alabama Chanin in order to hand-sew the Spiral Applique & Beaded Camisole Dress from Alabama Studio Style.

The dress is finished. Back in February and March I sewed together the front and back pieces, cut out all of the spirals and pinned them on, stitched one spiral to the back, and then . . . nothing. Everything sat neatly arranged on my ironing board--for a long time. I  just wasn't making time to work on the dress, though I desperately wanted to wear it. And that's when inspiration struck.

In the age-old tradition of daughters everywhere, in July I packed the materials in a bag and gave them to my mother, who is the most industrious person I know. True to form, she worked diligently and a couple of weeks ago, she brought the completed dress to me.

I've worn the dress twice already and love it. Thanks, Mom!

I love the way the beaded parallel whipstich looks at the neckline! I'm thinking about making a dress in this style without any other embellishment except this neckline treatment.


Mom improvised a bit on the placement of the circle appliques. They're a little further apart than the ones shown on the dress in Alabama Studio Style. She also added extra beads around some of the sprials; I may add a few more.

Just so you know: I wasn't a total sloth while my mother worked on this dress. I completed an Inked and Quilted Camisole Top from Alabama Studio Style as well as a Subway Hat from Modern Top-Down Knitting (photos to come soon), and the sweater for my son that I posted about below. And in the best news yet: My mom said she liked making the dress and would be willing to make another one with different embellishment.


(My photos are in black and white since my color photos made the dress look purple for some reason--the colors on the real dress actually look pretty close to what you see here.)


Custom Knits Sweater - Completed!

Last November I started a sweater for my son using the "Classic Top-Down Raglan Sweater Formula" in Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. Sometime in March (with one sleeve to go) I realized that I wasn't going to finish it in time for him to wear it last winter and put it aside--and, literally, forgot about it. About a month ago I found it in a stray bag and set out to complete it so he could wear it this fall and winter. And here it is! Really plain and looking like it could have come from a store--just the way he wanted it. (The yarn is Swan's Island Worsted, a soft organic merino.)



And the Winner Is...

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Wee Wonderfuls blog tour and free book giveaway contest! We were overjoyed by your comments and loved reading through each and every one. You may be interested to know that 245 of those who commented by the deadline had a favorite doll when they were growing up, while 118 had a treasured stuffed animal. Whether you were a doll or teddy bear kind of kid, it's heartening to hear how many of you still have (and love) your childhood pals. And though many readers loved their Cabbage Patch Kids and Barbies, there were just as many stories about handmade Raggedy Anns and dollies with yarn hair made by Grandma. Thanks again for sharing--we loved strolling down memory lane with you.

Winners of the free book giveaway have been selected and are being notified via email. Good luck!


You're Invited: Crafting a Meaningful Home Party in San Francisco

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Wee Wonderfuls Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite Doll and Win a Free STC Craft Book

So, did you have a special doll when you were a child? Tell us his or her name (and something about the doll if you like) in the Comments section below. On October 25 at noon EST, we will choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice. Check out the choices here and here.

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