I saw the Alabama Chanin book in BAM when I was looking for my knitting book quite a while back,
then I saw Gwen's post about it sort of recently, then today I was looking at my AAA magazine (I cannot currently think of what that stands for - Auto Association of America? - but it's not to be confused with AA, which doesn't publish a magazine that I know of), and guess what I saw?
Alabama Chanin (do yourself a favor and look at that beautiful website - I bookmarked it so I can go back and gawk some more) has workshops where you come in and create something using their materials and designers. They range from a couple of hours to a whole weekend - neat! They also have something called DIY, where you order a kit apparently, and they mail you the fabric in your choice of color, plus whatever else you need to make it yourself. I'm not sure what to think about that. I mean, I love this dress...
but I think I'd feel funny claiming I made it. This particular one is $340 (yowza - that's up there with my Betzina jeans weekend!), and you choose your size, fabric color for the leaves, and thread color. It says the dress is stenciled, so I guess you hand embroider the leaves around the bottom? Very interesting concept, but it makes me think of color-by-number...which would be fabulous for people like me who have no vision, but maybe not so much for people like Gwen, who are artists.
So has anybody done one of these? I may have to have a second look at that book....but first I'll finish my Betzina pants class on Craftsy. I'm proud to say I've been watching the lessons and actually cut out and adjusted all my pattern pieces today - woohoo!