A few extra Alabama Chanin kits

I've ordered a few extra Alabama Chanin kits, just in case you'd like to join in my class at Art & Soul, Portland. There are a few spots left in Hand Stitching and Embellishing, The Alabama Chanin Way, April 9th; and one seat left in Cut, Stencil, Stitch April 7 & 8. Email me directly or comment for kit choices. Sign up directly with Art & Soul.

Join in the hand stitching, slow fashion movement, and learn to make your own beautiful and comfortable Alabama Chanin styled clothing.

Alabama Chanin Build a Wardrobe

When Alabama Chanin came out with their 2017 Build a Wardrobe line-up, I was over the moon with their pattern offerings. I just HAD to make the commitment and sign up!

Our first pattern is The Factory Dress. I made this Factory Dress when I attended the first Patterns and Alterations week-long workshop in Florence, Alabama in 2015.

I've found this dress to be so comfortable and easy to wear, that it's become one of my favorites.

When I received my pattern in the mail, I was quick about sewing another up. I had been saving a swath of faded fabric made at friend Debbie's house a few years ago for just the right project. The Factory Dress was the perfect fit. The method is called wet paint stenciling. Read more about it here.

The faded fabric is so beautiful on its own, that I felt a simple basic, single layered garment was best.

The pattern was easily cut; and with only six seams, it was quickly constructed. I chose red and burgundy for a little accent of color on the top stitching of the seams and with the moss stitch to secure the binding.

I followed the directions for the moss stitch in The Embroiderer's Handbook by Margie Bauer.

I'll layer this dress with warm woolies and tall black boots for the chilly days: and wear it simply as is with sandals in the summertime. Right now, it looks like I'll be wearing it with rain boots and a red raincoat ~ Happy Spring!

Stitches Camp Idaho

I'm thrilled to be teaching at Camp Stitches Idaho, October 12-16 this year! What a wonderful place to gather and learn to make your own hand stitched, comfortable, beautiful clothing. This workshop is like no other: 15 hours of at-your-own-pace, relaxed, yet intensive learning. You'll start with 100% organic cotton jersey fabric; choose one of five garments to cut out; and stencil a pattern onto your fabric and sewing sampler. You'll learn about the physics of sewing, stitches, techniques, construction,and the tips and tricks of hand sewing. You'll also make a small stencil.

Click here for more information about my class, Cut, Stencil, and Hand Stitch the Alabama Chanin Way. And click here for registration information. Early bird pricing ends May 10th, and the class is already half full! I hope you can join me in beautiful Coeur d'Alene for this in-depth, yet fun, hands-on class.