A couple of months ago I took a workshop from a member of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago on how to create fabric (and garments) using the Alabama Chanin® technique. They sell wonderful stencils to use in the process and many people make their own. Here’s a close-up of the technique. Isn’t it gorgeous? It uses two layers of organic cotton knit and is entirely done by hand.
Earlier in the day I had presented to the club on how to make your own fabric and one of the members suggested that I could design fabric with a stencil printed on it. I loved the idea! But being the pattern nut that I am I decided to take it one step further and include prints. I started off by designing a print for autumn and a couple of complimentary pieces for the back layer.
I also wanted to create a print that used birds and a cityscape. I think that the wires should be done in sequins or beads. I made a couple of background fabrics to work with this design as well but I also think it works well as a stand-alone fabric.
Then came the bigger idea. I decided to print the fabric in a cut ‘n sew skirt pattern. I designed a simple skirt pattern, graded it to multiple sizes, and wrote some quick instructions. I’m going to lay everything out on a yard of fabric so that you can get a complete skirt ready to go. Here’s how it turned out.
Both designs will be available in my Spoonflower store along with the contrast fabric soon. I’m going to order mine now so that I can make a new skirt for the holidays!