I first saw this book, Alabama Studio Sewing Design at a luncheon, where Katherine, of Room For Sewing was showing her copy. She had used one of the techniques in the book as inspiration for a ruffle on a skirt. After browsing through that book, I knew I had to have it.
Alabama Chanin is the brand of a very expensive clothing line sold at upscale boutiques. The owner, Natalie Chanin, wrote this book of techniques and projects that the company uses for their garments. The clothes are primarily organic cotton jersey and have a deconstructed, rough quality--raw edges, exposed seams, etc. Garments are embellished with applique, reverse applique, fabric tubes, embroidery and beads.
This deconstructed way of sewing is something that I would struggle with, yet I find in fascinating. I've seen the unfinished look a lot in the last few years, but probably to to the extent of the Alabama garments. Since I seem to be drawn to it, I may try something on a small scale.
There are two other books by Natalie Chanin--Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Style Studio. I may have to give those a look, too.
My pants are cut and ready to sew. But instead, I'm sitting here, doing this!
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