I have had the first two Alabama Chanin books for years. I would always pull them out and look, but I never tried any of the projects. After a few days down with a summer cold, I was feeling a bit better and wanted a quiet project. I really kind of wanted to hang in my recliner, but I felt too good to "do nothing." A quick perusal of my crafting bookshelf found me thumbing through my books with new interest. I decided I could pick a hand sewing project, but the rules were I could only use supplies on hand. Nothing like a good craft room challenge!
9 hours later I finished a fun skirt that I will get a lot of wear from.
We are supposed to attend an art exhibit reception this weekend and I'm going to wear this.
In a way, it was frugal because everything I needed came from supplies, but when I compare it to prices of ordering kits or buying finished pieces from Alabama Chanin -- wowzer!
Even with 9 hours of labor and materials, I am estimating my skirt would cost about $120.
I opted to not reverse applique my entire skirt because I wanted the red to be an accent, but even if I had, I would estimate I would come in at around $180.
All savings aside, I had the pleasure of making it.
It is totally a one of a kind piece made especially for me.
That is kind of hard to put a price tag on.