With the kitchen revamp taking up alot (ALOT!) of time, I haven't been doing much sewing over the last month, but I did manage to sneak in a little hand sewing for a return to my adventures as a novice dressmaker, although I am not a hundred percent sure that you could call this project dressmaking. As you guys know, I am a huge fan of Alabama Chanin. Natalie Chanin's eco clothing and design company is just amazing. Totally original with a whole new approach to sewing, I find her ideas and work ethic inspirational. I made a whole Alabama Chanin outfit a few months ago and as a 'novice dressmaker' was completely swept away with it. Completely hand sewn, it is a joy to wear and was a joy to make too. If you want to catch up, you can read all about that by clicking on the category on the left hand side "Adventures of a Novice Dressmaker'.
With up and coming holidays in mind, I decided that making a poncho seemed like a useful and fun thing to tackle for my next adventure. The pattern and instructions are in Alabama Chanin's book of Sewing patterns and it is a simple straightforward make. I had some grey cotton jersey and decided that this would set the tone for the project. A little Scandinavian flavour perhaps with the idea that it could be dressed up for evening or dressed down for a really pretty casual look. Leafing through the pages of the Alabama Stitch book (pretty much my every evening bedtime book), I was overwhelmed with the endless possibilities for embellishing this garment. I decided to try some beading and to use my favourite motif - the star.
I scattered and layered my stars in little constellations on the fabric, a bit strategically placed for effect, but quite relaxed. I mixed and matched grey and white and used several different sizes of templates. As I started to hand appliqué them on, I had so much fun, making each one different. Using a variety of stitches, beads and sequins, I soon had a stellar array before me.
There are 25 hand sewn stars in total and every one is unique. I got more and more adventurous. I think this one is my favourite.
It is really such a charming thing to have. I can see I might be making some more for Christmas presents......