Sometimes Mondays . . .
Slowing Down and Catching Up

Plain Vanilla

For a couple of years now, I have wanted to make an Alabama Chanin dress.  Because what hooked me on Alabama Chanin in the first place . . . many years ago . . . was a dress.

Seriously.  That first Alabama Chanin dress was kind of life-changing for me.  I'd never seen anything like it!  It was hand-stitched and stenciled and had some beads.  Threads were knotted on the outside!  It was artsy and craftsy -- but altogether wearable.

I was smitten.

So, after tackling a couple of smaller Alabama Chanin projects (a shawl, a simple t-shirt, a more complicated wrap skirt), I decided I was ready to try a dress.

Pattern and fabric in hand, all that was left . . . was deciding what to do with it.  (Because SO MANY options with Alabama Chanin.  The sky is the limit.)

Pattern?
Color?
Single layer or double?
Stenciling?
Embellishment?

For months, I just mulled over options.  Constantly.  I would decide to do things one way . . . and the next day, decide something different.  I read.  I browsed.  I drew.  I bought a stencil.  And an assortment of beads.  I Pinterested the HECK out of it.  I made myself crazy.

And.

In the end.

I went with Plain. Vanilla.

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That's the Alabama Chanin Factory Dress in one layer.  Totally hand stitched.  No embellishment whatsoever.

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I love it!  It fits well.  It's super comfortable and easy to wear.

I'm already mulling over my options for another one.

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The options are head-spinning!

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