These are my first two Alabama Chanin-inspired garments, stitched three summers ago. Both pieces are based on the designs in Natalie's first book, Alabama Stitch Book -- though I wish I'd made the corset a size smaller as she suggests. And I hadn't yet discovered Mokuba elastic ribbon, so don't look too closely at that waistband.
When I first started hand-stitching, I gravitated right away to freehand painting my own motifs instead of stencilling them -- both for the organic nature of painting (the occasional "whoops") and my comfort level with the materials. I still prepare my projects that way, but have been looking at other options as I expand my skills in surface design: painting with thickened dye and screen printing. As always, more ideas than time. Enjoy the long weekend!