Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin


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Just to be clear, this book teaches you how to hand sew women's clothing with knit cotton fabrics, if you don't have a sewing machine and you don't have any sewing background, but you enjoy the feel of hand sewing and creating, and are loving the visible mending and other stitching techniques that go with slow sewing, this is a book I would really recommend.  If, on the other hand, you sew by machine and are used to using woven fabrics and you like "to get the job done" I think this is not the book for you :-D. Unless you want it to be, of course!

It says it is a guide to hand-sewing an Alabama Chanin wardrobe, which would be pretty fun in itself, but looking through it I am so impressed by the amount of information it includes from very basic details like how to find the straight of the grain, how to manage your hand stitching tension, and create a number of styes of seams on stretch fabric and keep them laying flat, to how to size the included full size master patterns to fit your body.

From the back cover

 "Award winning designer Natalie Chanin presents all the techniques her company uses to create the Alabama Chanin line of organic cotton clothing. Included in the encyclopedic compilation are dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, a hat and fingerless gloves. Each piece is first featured in its basic form, then with embellishments, and is then mixed, matched and layered to showcase its stunning versatility."

Hard Bound Book, 174 pages plus pattern pack

Published by Abrams, New York