I cut out this Alabama Chanin camisole dress sometime last year I believe, but maybe it was more than a year ago. In any case it has been sitting a very long time. I decided that I needed to finish it so I could wear it this spring. I bought the new book, Alabama Studio Sewing and Design, just a couple of months ago. I think it is the best of the three. Once I saw this book, I knew I had to finish my dress. Nathalie has a lot of lovely photographs and a beautiful section on embellishing. We have a wonderful bead shop in our town, so I went and bought some beads for embellishing.
lovely T-shirt she shows in the book and online that is beaded around the neckline. I am still debating, but may add more beads to have it look like the T-shirt.
I used a plain Cretan stitch on the sleeves. Because I can only get buttonhole thread in white, black and sometimes red, I have found that if I use a Gutermann silk buttonhole thread I have access to a lot more color choices. I love the silk thread, and it is fairly easy to sew with. I find it does twist and tangle just a bit more than the cotton buttonhole, but I love the sheen it has. I felled all the seams to the inside.
I really like this dress, however, if I were to sew another one, I think I would sew it again with less flair in the skirt. Overall, I am very happy with it, and will wear it when it gets nice and hot.