I created a truly one of a kind piece that turned out better than I could have ever imagined. My hands and fingers are sore as this piece was truly created mostly by hand--very time consuming, but so worth it.
I used an applique pattern from: Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin
If you don't have this book in your library yet, this is truly a must-have. I created my own A-line dress/jumper pattern to trace the applique onto.
Using the reverse applique technique is really easy, but when it's what felt like a million stitches, I don't know the likelihood that I will ever be recreating this dress:
My main outer layer is Linen, and then lined inside with 100% cotton...this is a pic I took during one of my many breaks
before I turned it into a dress...
Now being modeled by my daughter Bel and I even created a matching headband.