Feb 15, 2015

v9022 with a dash of Alabama Chanin

This post is entirely inspired by Liza Jane of liza jane sews.  My blogging mojo has been pretty nonexistent for a bit now, even though my sewing mojo has been strong.  I do have the desire to document my lovelies, but time and initiative have been in short supply.  However, when Liza Jane posted her adorable version of Vogue 9022 the other day, I decided that I should really share mine too, not out of any sense of competition but as a way of adding to the conversation.  When I started on this dress back in December, I searched in vain for reviews of the pattern.  I really like knowing if a pattern runs true to size or if it works well in a particular type of fabric or if an alternate construction method produces better results.  I love the sewing internet world for all of these reasons.  So, here's my contribution to the Vogue 9022 pool of reviews.

Liza Jane called this a sack dress, and I agree with that descriptor.  I have nothing against a comfy sack dress, and I think this one has a better built in shape than I expected.  I used the finished garment measurements to decide on a size; I went with a small (which is a size smaller than my body measurements call for) and I shortened the dress at the waist by half an inch.  I like how it fits for what it is.

I used  a double layer of lightweight organic cotton jersey that I bought at Organic Cotton Plus.  The double layer means that those two center seams are very thick, but adding the fell stitching helps keep them mostly flat.  Obviously, I added some Alabama Chanin style embellishment to the center panel.  This is the Abbie's Flower stencil, available as a free download on the AC website.  This is the third stencil I've cut myself, and it's getting easier each time.  Labor intensive and nerve-wracking, yes, but each time I'm more accurate and precise. I used regular fabric paint in a slightly lighter color than my fabric, outlined the shaped with a backstitch, and then cut out the centers for a reverse applique.  I love the texture this process creates.

I eliminated the neckline facing in favor of the traditional AC binding.  I love the look of the delicate binding, almost like a necklace, but I do worry that it won't be strong enough to hold the weight of this dress over time.  I carried the binding out a bit at the back to create a keyhole tie at the top.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how this dress turned out.  I love wearing it, although it doesn't feel as sturdy as my other AC garments--I'm afraid to hang it in my closet, so it stays folded with my sweaters.  I'm okay with giving this one a little extra TLC though.  It's a fair exchange considering its one-of-a-kind nature.


  1. I love the thicker black stitching, it looks so cool and I thought the stencilling was part of the fabric at first - I was going to ask where you got it haha.

  2. Lovely! I love the colour, and the Alabama Chanin panel on the front is inspired. Beautiful work :)

  3. Amazing!! I'm behind in my blog reading so I'm just now seeing this. It's really fantastic! The AC appliqué is just beautiful on that front panel. What a great way to showcase it. I love the fell stitching, too. You make me want to try some reverse appliqué!

  4. This is stunning! I happened upon your post when I was looking for images of Vogue 9022 - what a pleasant surprise to find yours. I love how you combined the Alabama Chanin stitching and stenciling to come up with this amazing dress!

  5. This is so gorgeous! Found this when I was getting ideas for my own future AC project. I'm going to pin it to our fan gallery on Pinterest so others can see it and be inspired. http://bit.ly/1koHoHu —Meg

  6. You did an amazing job blending that Vogue pattern with AC! I absolutely adore it, it looks great on you too! I wanted to ask why you feel it's not as sturdy as other AC garments? Im doing a long duster vest in denim using AC methods. I cut out the pattern tonight. I think...I hope it lends itself well to a AC treatment lol! We shall see ;)


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