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Alabama Chanin Wrap Skirt


I finally finished my "muslin" of the Alabama Chanin Wrap Skirt! I used three thrifted t-shirts for the main skirt pieces (one black and two mismatched-but-close green), stenciled the fabric using my airbrush and compressor set-up for the first time, and used a variety of techniques to finish.

A skirt is a tricky garment for me to wear, and I'd make mods* next time, but I was comfortable enough to wear it out to lunch yesterday!


Alabama Chanin Wrap Skirt

  • (1) Black T-shirt
  • (2) Green T-shirts (mismatched but close in color)
  • Angie's Fall stencil, gray fabric paint (I mixed the color)
  • Button Craft Thread – double strand of Black throughout
  • Running stitch for construction & embellishment
  • Back Panel: Black outer layer, Green inner layer; large motifs stitched, no cutting, knots inside
  • Inner Front Panel: Green for both layers (same t-shirt); large & medium motifs inked & stitched inside, large motifs cut, knots outside
  • Outer Front Panel: Black outer layer, Green inner layer; large motifs stitched & cut, knots inside
  • All seams inside felled
  • Waistband and ties using Alabama Chanin 100% organic cotton jersey fabric - Blue Slate
  • Unfinished hem

*Because of my body shape, and this is whether or not I'm packing 30 extra pounds — it's just structure/posture — I would make an adjustment to the front (shorten) or to the back (lengthen), and probably play around with the darts a little. Some people make a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) when they sew… mine would be a Full Belly Adjustment. Haha.


In other news, the image above was included with permission in a recent Alabama Chanin Journal post about The School of Making (#theschoolofmaking)! I am rubbing Instagram shoulders with some very fine company there. Check it out… it's an inspiring community.

5 thoughts on “Alabama Chanin Wrap Skirt

  1. This is all SO AWESOME, Vicki. From the gorgeous skirt to the AC Journal post. I love, love, love your skirt. Coolest “muslin” I’ve ever seen. 😉 (Also. I want to learn more about the airbrushing. That’s the scary part of AC to me. . .)

  2. AWESOME was the first word that popped into my head, too. I love that you made to the Alabama Chanin Journal post, as it should be. Your skirt looks so great and it is a fantastic canvas for learning technique, for trying new things, and for creating wearable art! Way to go, grrl!!

  3. *still amazed* your skirt is a work of art …and that you can wear it – and wear it well – wow! (muslin??!!) huge kudos, too, on the AC Journal recognition. I’ve started following a few others on IG thanks to that, and I must say, your is still the best!

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