Monday, April 28, 2008

Alabama Chanin Sewing Workshop

On Saturday, Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin hosted a sewing workshop at Fred Segal Flair in Santa Monica. She and Alabama Stitch Book co-author Stacie Stukin signed books. Natalie graciously offered hands on tutorials for the projects in her book, patiently answered questions and shared her exquisite swatch books.

Sewer novices and veterans sat at a long table surrounded by couture Alabama Chanin. Bandana and t-shirt kits were available for purchase and can be found online at Alabama Chanin. I picked up a bandana kit and set to work. Sewers were also welcome to bring their own projects.

I don't remember how I first heard of Natalie Chanin's earlier company Project Alabama. All I know is that I became quickly obsessed. Truly obsessed. I would stalk eBay auctions and pray to stumble upon a chance low-priced auction.

When I saw the Alabama Stitch Book was to be published, I was thrilled. The book shares patterns of the trademark stitched corset and skirt among other projects.

So in the meantime, while you save your pennies for your own Alabama Chanin couture jacket, you can make your own ensemble. That's what I plan to do, starting right here with this bandana.

See more photos from the event, swatch detail and selections from the Alabama Chanin line at Ramshackle Solid's flickr account.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Julia: I met you at Fred Segal's and am just now getting to your web site - I think it's great and plan on being a regular visitor. thanks so much for posting this item, I'm now off to flcker to see your other pics. thanks for sharing. deborah k.


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