Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style

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?Haute homespun out of the Deep South.? That?s how Vogue magazine has described the fashion of Natalie Chanin. Alabama Stitch Book brings us a collection of projects and stories from her clothing and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled cotton jersey.

This long-awaited book from Chanin begins with her story. After living in New York and Vienna...

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Overview


“Haute homespun out of the Deep South.” That’s how Vogue magazine has described the fashion of Natalie Chanin. Alabama Stitch Book brings us a collection of projects and stories from her clothing and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled cotton jersey.

This long-awaited book from Chanin begins with her story. After living in New York and Vienna for over 20 years, she began to transform cotton T-shirts into high fashion using the needlework skills she learned as a child in Florence, Alabama. When she moved home, Chanin hired local women (many of whom had worked in the state’s now defunct textile factories) to stitch her couture collections with her.

What follows is a step-by-step guide to the stitching, stenciling, and beading techniques used in the 20 projects showcased in the book: T-shirts, skirts, and corsets that are sold at chic shops around the world, plus a journal cover, sampler quilt, and tablecloth, among others. Also included are a pullout stencil, perforated postcard for bead-embroidery, and reusable patterns. Throughout are Robert Rausch’s beautiful photographs set against the back roads, farms, and homesteads of the rural South.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796381
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 269,659
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Natalie Chanin, a former costume designer and fashion stylist, is the founder and head designer of Alabama Chanin. She has been featured in Vogue, Time, The New York Times, and on CBS News, and her work has been recognized by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, the Alabama Council for the Arts, and Aid to Artisans, among others. In 2006 she was selected for membership by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Robert Rausch is an award-winning photographer and creative director whose client list includes Anthropologie, Whole Foods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Elton John, and Paloma Picasso.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    For beginning seamstresses as well as the more advanced.

    The book focuses on developing hand stitching and creative embellishing with numerous projects of various skill level. Even as an intermediate seamstress, learning to sew clothing by hand was a new challenge and the embellishment techniques are also traditional hand techniques. Her explanations are simple and comprehensive with entertaining stories of the Alabamian women who taught the author their secrets. My favorite excerpt in her introduction deals with the simple prayer a women said as she threaded and knotted her needle. A great way to begin or expand your knowledge base.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Its Easy to be Green

    Recycling old and discarded t-shirts is easy using the detailed and clear instructions in this book. Details include how to cut up a t-shirt, how to "love" your thread for hand sewing, patterns and stencils. So many great ideas. I gave one as a gift and then had to have my own copy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Great resource for very ambitious crafters, or people who love Alabama Chanin but not the pricetag

    I drooled over this book. I coveted the clothes. I can't sew. And I have little free time nowadays, thanks to the increasing demands at work. So, being me, I bought a book in which the amount of sewing needed is immense, and the time it takes even more so. And I want to make almost all the clothes in the book. (There's a skirt to DIE FOR, not to mention a few shirts ... but I digress.)

    This book is not for the faint crafter. But the results are beautiful, and you will likely cherish your creation(s) for a very long time. The passion Natalie feels for her art/clothing, and the stories she includes amongst the instructions, are also worth the price of the book. It not only contains directions on how to make handmade, hand-sewn clothing, but includes a look at a group of people who are committed to their craft and find great pleasure in it. Natalie says at one point (and I paraphrase from what I remember, so don't quote me) that she loves to sit with one of her pieces and let the calm actions of stitching relax her--and it does happen when you really get into stitching one of the patterns. (The peace doesn't quite happen when you're cutting every little piece out--you might have a mini breakdown the first time if you get too zealous.)

    Plus, the patterns are very similar to what Alabama Chanin sells for big bucks--making them by hand is much cheaper, and the end results are more satisfying than just buying the object you crave. And you can brag on your work!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    fiber Arts magazine and hand/eye magazine featured

    I fell in love with the featured info in the magazine online newsletters.
    so I had to have the book. I like the book because it gives some new insight to little things in sewing that make a difference. I have scanned the book and only read about 25% of it because it proves to me good for artists and fashion designers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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