Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

on April 5 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 361 Comments

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We have another book for you to win today! We loved both The Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style, we think the eco-couture company founder Natalie Chanin has absolutely outdone herself with her latest book, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design; A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe!

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design is an incredibly full resource for all of the techniques used to create Alabama Chanin clothing. From the book:

    Included in this 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.

Each of Natalie’s titles definitely stands alone, but the books work really well together too. Alabama Studio Sewing + Design builds on the previous titles with a seriously amazing collection of master patterns, an incredible index of design choices plus so much more.

Natalie shares a bit in the book about how “open-sourcing” the techniques and patterns used in her couture lines is important to her because it fits a democratic ideal at the heart of what she does and cares about. With Alabama Studio Sewing + Design you have the “secrets” of Natalie’s gorgeous, couture clothing at your fingertips; we love that Natalie makes her beautiful design and techniques accessible for sewists everywhere. Alabama Studio Sewing + Design is a tremendous addition to any sewing library.

Comment for your chance to win a copy of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design; A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe. Have you tried the Alabama Studio techniques? Do you love Natalie’s couture lines? What will you make first when you get your hands on a copy of the book?– Dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap?…

(Did you see our interview with Natalie Chanin for Alabama Studio Style? She’s such a thoughtful, talented designer…)

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361 Responses to Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

  1. Susan Perko says:

    Natalie Chanin is a geniousand an inspiration. I love her other two books and use the patterns often. I love her whole eco-couture idea. Every piece is a work of art. I would love this book! -Susan

  2. yuli says:

    I really love the top and the applique technique, so amazing. I wish I could make one someday.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Teresa says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Thank you for the chance!

  4. Christine says:

    Looks like a great book.

  5. Amy says:

    I’m all about simple chic dresses! Really hope I win!

  6. Kat says:

    I love the empire waist top! I’d love to make it in exactly the colour in the photo… Alabama’s style is so totally like mine!

  7. nicole says:

    Eee Gads! She is amazing and her style is so appealing and perfect. I own her other books and have been very inspired by them. I would make that hat, but the ruffles are eyecatching too.

  8. Ashley says:

    This book looks wonderful. If I still have a chance to win, I would love to start with a skirt, but everything shown here looks beautiful. Thanks!

  9. Lisa Isaksen says:

    I just discovered this talented designer via Pinterest. Her work is amazing! I have been longingly looking at my sewing machine waiting for just the perfect project to present itself. Voila! Inspiration!

  10. Carol H says:

    Love the empire waist top and the hats.

  11. Heather Lelu says:

    So amazing!!! thanks for the chance to win

  12. tane says:

    I have been inspired to do more hand sewing. Knit fabric of course, and leather too. Because I know I can hand sew knit fabrics, I’m eager to take-on machine sewing knit fabrics too.
    I’d like to make a shawl next.

  13. Meredith says:

    I’d love to add this to my sewing book collection. I love her other 2 books & refer to them often.

  14. cassandra says:

    The book has some lovely designs and I would be happy to learn how to do anyone of them!

  15. Veronica says:

    I would love to sew like this! I’ve never tried her style, but would absolutely like to.

  16. Mary says:

    I love her reverse applique technique using knits. I’ve returned to sewing after a very long time and would love to learn more techniques from Natalie’s new book.

  17. Brooke says:

    I would make some summer tops!

  18. Susan Cepin says:

    What fun! I have always wanted to sew up my own wardrobe, but in a way where it doesn’t LOOK like I sewed up my own wardrobe. This book seems just the thing! I’d start with a hat.

  19. tina l. says:

    I’ve been a long time fan of Natalie and the stitchers at Alabama Chanin. Love her blog+books. Every time I sew, I hear her call to “love your thread.” So excited about the new book!

  20. Love the clothing – though not sure how they’d look on a “non-waif-like” figure! The hats – well, er, when I was in my 20’s we would have called them “frumpy”!… my how times change…
    The downward curves mimic sadness and quiet. And, I don’t know about Alabama, but in Austin, Tx, we’d only be able to wear a hat like that for a month in mid-winter – And I’d have to protect the wool in summer using very non-natural methods from the little critters that love to eat such things! Will have to check out the book, as I do sew about 75% of my wardrobe and am always on the lookout for new ideas!

  21. Tera says:

    I love, love, love Alabama Stitch!!! I participated in a swap and made a cute japanese knot bag ala Alabama Stitch!!! : )

  22. Sherri S. says:

    Gah, late to this party–how did I miss this?! I ADORE Natalie Chanin…I have tried applique on a skirt…took me forever to get it right, but results are lovely!

  23. Sandy Farquhar says:

    I love this technique and would love to learn this! I love the top for the Alabama Stitch Book..
    The appliquรƒยฉ technique is stunning and I would love to make this and show my sewing/quilting friends when I finished it!

  24. Debra Gommesen says:

    The skirt shown looks like something my 14 yr. old daughter would love and I am interested in the fingerless gloves.

  25. krystina says:

    These clothes are beautiful, I love the empire waist top!

  26. E. says:

    Wow! The beautiful floralwork on the top with the ruffled skirt is stunning!
    I have been eyeing the Studio’s techniques and would love to win a copy to learn how to incorporate these into plus sized clothing for some family members.
    Every woman should feel as beautiful as these clothes!
    Pleases enter me in the giveaway =) if it is still open.
    Thank you for hosting it!

  27. margie says:

    Oh how I love Alabama Chanin … I visit the site just to drool. This book would be such a treat.

  28. Ann says:

    I recently received a copy of “The Alabama Stitch Book” and am currently trying the reverse applique technique with some beading. I especially love the look of the knots on the right side of the fabric. If I had a copy of the new book, I’m pretty sure I would start with a top. It all looks gorgeous.

  29. Angela says:

    I am dying to get my hands on this book. It brings back the memories of my grandmother teaching me how to sew and finally using all my new skills to create a pincushion! At 10 years old this was a huge accomplishment and to be able to have that feeling again would be priceless ๐Ÿ™‚ I may have to get her first two books today…

  30. Cayce says:

    wow. i love all that i see, especially that ruffle skirt (not too ruffled, just right) and the tunic top. beautiful lines and beautiful details. if i don’t win this i’m pretty sure it’s going on my list of must haves!!!

  31. Ingrid says:

    Love handsewing, but never do any for myself. With this book, I would be able to remedy that!

  32. Sally says:

    I love all her things but the tanks called “corsets” are my fave!

  33. Sharon says:

    I have been seeing so many comments about this book and can’t wait to actually look at it myself. It looks like a lot of fun to work with. And the simple little details are amazing.

  34. Dotty Young says:

    Ok, I have a new baby, a 3-year-old, and a 6-year-old, and have not been able to keep all of them well at the *same time* for more than a week since Feb. This morning, I woke up, and the 3-year-old and I both had fevers again. The house is a mess, the baby isn’t eating well, I have a craft show I’m supposed to be presenting at this Saturday, and I have to work my day-job tonight!!! I did NOT want to deal with sickness again!! I just wanted to go back to bed and whine….Well, yesterday my husband surprised me with the first Alabama Chanin book (I already had the second, and he, um, *LOVED* the dress I made from it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and today I read a quote from it that said, “I was having a bad day, and my friend Jen called me and said, ‘You’re allowed exactly 20 minutes of self-pity, then you need to get up and get back to work.'” I needed that so badly–it was just the right motivation to kick me off the couch, set the timer for 20 minutes, and do the things that need to be done to get us back on track.

  35. Liz Freck says:

    These patterns look so versatile and comfortable.

  36. Shell says:


  37. nopinkhere says:

    This looks really interesting. I have been wanting to make more things for myself instead of my kids. This looks like a lovely place to start!

  38. Linda S says:

    Wow, these clothes look so different & very pretty.

  39. jen says:

    i would LOVE to win this book…I dream of making a wrap dress alabama style

  40. Elizabeth Brennan says:

    Skirts!!! I own too many dresses!!

  41. Monica says:

    This book looks like exactly what i have been looking for! Yeah thanks for the tip..

  42. Anke says:

    The clothes look so pretty. Love the first top.

  43. Karin says:

    I’d love to peruse this book!

  44. Andrea says:

    This might make my wardrobe coordinate better

  45. stephanie says:

    I would LOVE this book!

  46. Erin says:

    I love everything about Natalie, her brand and her books. I can’t wait to pour over her newest book to see the new techniques and designs. Her basic skirt (from the first book) is a perennial new year’s resolution for me–maybe 2012, right?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Karen says:

    Have always admired these books, would love to own one!

  48. Nina says:

    I’ve never really tried appliquรƒยฉ, and this looks so pretty!

  49. Maxine says:

    Wow! Gorgeous stuff. Can’t believe it’s hand sown!

  50. Alexandrea M says:

    I’m always looking for more ways to personalize my garments, thank you for the great giveaway!

  51. faune says:

    As a hat and scarf addict, the hat caught my eye right away!

  52. Lorrie says:

    I really love her designs. Tops are what’s on my mind this season!

  53. Kristan says:

    I just love Natalie’s style. I’d love to make the skirt/top combo! Thanks for sharing

  54. Meg says:

    Natalie Chanin’s style is unique, instantly recognizable and so, so pretty. I would enjoy owning a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. Lola says:

    How exciting! Yesterday, I finished reading Alabama Stitch Book and I love it! I haven’t started to make a project yet but would love to make me a skirt, a top, and the beautiful fabric flowers.

    Every time I see a Natalie Chanin’s design, it leaves me in reverie. The details are stunning!

    I hope I win this time, I have participated in your giveaways many times without luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Sarah B says:

    pretty. i would love to learn how to sew some clothing

  57. Anya says:

    The black skirt is definitely a must. Here’s hoping….. Thanks for the chance!

  58. Anya says:

    The black skirt is definitely a must. Here’s hoping…..

  59. karmela says:

    I love all her books! the techniques are inspiring, and they are grreat eye candy!

  60. faye says:

    I’d love to make a top!

  61. Lissette says:

    I would love to win this… I would make it all!!! The shirt, the skirt… a dress… she’s got great talent.

  62. SherryC says:

    Great lines and colors! I can’t wait to see what else is inside the book…


  63. Roni says:

    Wow, after reading this post, I’d really like to get a copy of these books. Good sewing books are hard to come by in my corner of the globe (middle east and amazon’s not a fan of shipping here!) and I just spent a fortune on a new machine… Please, please, please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Jessica W. says:

    I have never tried any of her stuff, but I love the look. I don’t like the “crafty” look but hers is so cotoure I would consider making a lot of these items!

  65. Kathe says:

    Love the ideas in this and their other books – would love to win. Thanks.

  66. Kaesmene says:

    I would love this! I’ve made clothes for my daughter and am ready to try something for myself!

  67. salome says:

    Really cool stuff, I would be very happy to have a chance to try these beautiful projects!

  68. Karrie says:

    Love this! She’s amazing!

  69. Anissa says:

    wow, this would be a great book to have and keep and use and keep and keep! i love natalie’s work and wish more companies like hers in the world…her blog never fails to inspire and challenge me. Love a copy of that book!

  70. Hueisei says:

    Loves the tops! Thanks.

  71. TX JennyWren says:

    I am in desperate need of TOPS,so I would begin there if I win the book. Love their ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. dianne says:

    not only do i own two of her books, i actually got to attend a workshop at textile fabrics in nashville with her. she was delightful! it was wonderful to meet such a talented person who is also such a friendly, genuine soul.

  73. becca says:

    I would love to repurpose a skirt and try her applique.

  74. Deb Cameron says:

    A HUGE fan! I would love to make that embellished top straight away!!! It’s fabulous

  75. Terri says:

    I have not yet tried any of her patterns, but would love to! The skirts and dresses are the style I love!!

  76. rebecca says:

    These books look amazing, I especially love the hats, but it all looks soooo gorgeous!

  77. shannon says:

    being interested in both sustainability and sewing, i have adored natalie’s work since i stumbled upon it almost 3 1/2 years ago. i have been longing for her books. i think she is so absolutely generous with her knowledge want to thank her ton for all that she is doing.

    i loooove the baby doll top and that would be the first thing that i would make. i love simple, clean lines, so yes, i just love her lines! ๐Ÿ™‚

    thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Tasha says:

    I think I would start with one of those hats ๐Ÿ™‚ I love these ideas!!!

  79. lizBH says:

    What incredible artwork. I would love to try to replicate it at home.

  80. Carmen says:

    I have lways loved her style. Such intricate designs! I would love this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  81. Erin says:

    I love her designs. I have her second book and have been wanting this one. It is my goal to make a few things this year — skirt first, then top, then more!

  82. Donna S. says:

    I am not familiar with it. These examples look awesome & my father’s family is from “Alabama” so I think I need it!!

  83. Anna Avery says:

    I love the Gray Empire Waist Top! I need to make that………

  84. Hettie says:

    Amazing things.

  85. Bettina says:

    A top to start with, but I can see endless variations, especially with color! Fingers crossed xx

  86. Christine B says:

    I think this is going to be a skirt kind of summer this year. I have found 2 patterns that I like, already. And, it’s summer here in Florida. Time to get busy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. Jen says:

    I love her books and need to get this one! I have made her skirt and tops and get tons of compliments – I’m so excited she has the pattern for the bolero!

  88. Love, love, love this book.

  89. Jessie says:

    So lovely! Hand sewing is such a pleasure.

  90. Lisa says:

    Love the skirt and those hats are too cute. I would have to make one of the hats for my daughter and the skirt for me!

  91. Elizabeth says:

    Love that empire waist top – I’m turning my sewing focus on clothing here shortly – this type of book would be perfect for me!

  92. JJ says:

    Definitely a wrap. Just gorgeous.

  93. Fine says:

    I hadn’t heard about her books before, but I just had a look at their website, and I was stunned: so much style, such beautiful embellishments, and yet so clear and simple lines…

    I would love to win a copy and I think I would try a skirt. First, it doesn’t seem so intimidating, and second, summer is (hopefully) around the corner, and I would love me some new skirts…

    But I also LOVE the junes-dream-dress and the walking cape, and the criss-cross-top? Just great!

    Thanks for the chance!

  94. Rena says:

    Ooooh….love their stuff!! AND I love hand sewing.

  95. Sandy says:

    I think it’s wonderful Natalie is willing to share her techniques and I would love to win this book!

  96. Becky says:

    I just really love her whole philosophy on handmade–this would be a great addition to the collection!

  97. Lauren R says:

    Love that ruffled skirt! I have a few of her books — they’re wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. Jill says:

    Me! Me! Oh the things I would sew! Love it all and the embellishments…my, my!
    PS love all your great tutorials. Just finished my Ruffle Skirt yesterday. I think I’ll be wearing it for Easter. Yay for tutes!

  99. Cynthia T. says:

    Beautiful! I would love to try the skirt and the one top for my daughter. Looks like a very good book. Thanks!

  100. Jessica says:

    so beautiful! i have her first book but have yet to complete a project from it…so clearly i need this book too!

  101. Pam Dugger says:

    I just discovered the Alabama Chanin books and website and wonderful clothes.

  102. Corvus says:

    That top is amazing! I’ve always felt drawn to the Alabama Studio books because they really seem to push the idea of well-thought details and embellishment, and to me that’s what really makes a piece your own.

  103. Margaux says:

    I have not had much success with sewing clothing for my self, these are unique designs and I would like to try making some things for my self rather then always setting my own projects aside for school costumes, baby blankets and mending for the family.

  104. Steph says:

    I really like the skirt with ruffles–I’d try to make that first. I’ve read both of Natalie’s other books–they’re inspiring!

  105. Erin says:

    I love that the designs are simple and let the embellishment stand out. You can embellish as much as is your style.

  106. Kendra says:

    I think I would start with one of the skirts (the one shown is adorable!), but everything looks fantastic!

  107. Kristabelle says:

    I’m working on an Alabama skirt right now–and am really liking the trim design ideas in the top photo. I’m making it out of a jersey sheet set from Target. I borrowed the book from the library to get me started on the project, so I would love to have my own personal copy of any of Natalie’s books!


  108. tammy says:

    inspiring book…i would love to make a skirt…

  109. Joy says:

    I’ll make that cute singlet top .. looks like it could work really well as a maternity top!

  110. hana says:

    I love the thoughtfulness and detail put into Alabama Chanin’s books and designs. This new book looks great!

  111. Erika says:

    love the designs

  112. Sarah says:

    I think I need to make that tank top (the one with the empire waist). This books looks wonderful!

  113. Linda says:

    I’m such a believer in women looking like women. Wearing skirts and dresses that make a woman look feminine is a dying clothing trend. Looks like Natalie’s book could change that. I’m all for giving a go to modern styles and would love the chance to try designs in this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  114. Tammy says:

    I love these books! Oh… and I live in Alabama. ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Annette says:

    I love the previous 2 books, and this new book sounds great. I’ve adapted the ideas and use old t-shirts for the appliquรƒยฉ fabrics. The ‘slow craft’ concept so appeals to me in this high speed world

  116. Susie Contreras says:

    That first tanktop/skirt combo is GORGEOUS!!! I would love this book to gift to my mom (so I can borrow it too of course)!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. Laia says:

    I can’t wait to start stitching!

  118. anna dorothy says:

    This book looks amazing! Thank you! I really like the idea of hand sewing.

  119. Karen says:

    Love the style!!! Would totally make a top right away…hope I get my hands on the book….fingers crossed!!!

  120. Suze says:

    I have her first book, purchased about the time I gave up sewing for a few years. I think it’s time to delve into it as I’m seeing her stuff blogged about in several places. I like it; would love to win the book.

  121. Kristin says:

    That top is completely gorgeous

  122. Chris V says:

    I love the lines of the top and skirt! I would have a lot of fun with this book over the spring and summer…. :o)

  123. Britiney says:

    Thanks so much for a chance to win!!

  124. Amber P says:

    I would LOVE to have a copy of this book!!!! Pick me!!! Pick me!!!

  125. Kelsey says:

    I love the necklines on those tops– beautiful detailing, too!

  126. Tina L. says:

    The book looks fascinating. I would love to sew myself some new clothes and think that I would start with a skirt and take it from there.

  127. lisa says:

    wow. this is the book i have been waiting for. exactly what i need!!!!

  128. Madeline says:

    I love it!

  129. Michelle W says:

    That would be fabulous!
    What incredible designs.

  130. Jesse says:

    oh, I love that little empire line tunic. would have to give it a go.

  131. Jackie H says:

    This books looks like both eye candy and an awesome guide! I would love to make some of these things! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Teresa says:

    I’ve recently discovered your site, and the Alabama Chanin book is on my wish list, so I’m glad that I dropped by today! Looking eagerly forward to trying her projects in the very near future.

  133. Annette says:

    What beautiful clothes.

  134. Barbara J says:

    My pal just introduced me to Natalie’s designs yesterday and I am head over heels. I’ve been Googling her! ๐Ÿ™‚ Her style is so relaxed and the applique and stitching are to die for. I would shoot for the empire waisted tunic first and move along to other garments!

  135. Anne says:

    Definitely would try the hat first. Then would move on to some of the other ideas. Thanks for the chance.

  136. Jo @ The Hungry Crafter says:

    I love the way she makes such sophisticated pieces out of simple fabrics…would love to give it a try!

  137. M Evans says:

    I just love that embellished top! Thanks for the chance to win!

  138. Amy says:

    I might make a skirt, or the gray top pictured above (I love that!). All the Alabama Chanin clothing is beautiful — such wonderful, careful details.

  139. Jen R says:

    I love the grey tank top! Thx for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

  140. Missy says:

    Natalie Chanin is my hero! She is right at the top of my list of women I admire. My DREAM is to attend one of her workshops – but until then I’ll stitch at home while drooling over her books ;). I would truly adore this book!

  141. Lauren says:

    Love the gathered tunic pictured!

  142. Joann says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love this book!

  143. Diana says:

    I have one of her previous books. I love her designs and methods. I’d love to get her new book!

  144. Trish says:

    The skirts look good! I would probably start with a skirt. Tops can be a little more daunting, unfortunately.

  145. Gayle says:

    I love everything about Natalie’s designs – from aesthetics to ethics. I am hoping that the first garment I will make will be for my daughter’s wedding – she has just become engaged – I am thinking something which combines “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue ” by perhaps incorporating a piece of fabric from some clothing of her dad (passed away) and some from me. Every stitch in Natalie’s designs is by hand and a record of life’s moments. Beautiful and eternal.

  146. Bree says:

    Would love to win a copy!

  147. Karen A says:

    I think this would be a wonderful book to tempt my “new to sewing” daughter and I would love to learn more hand sewing techniques.

  148. I love her designs but haven’t had a chance to get my hands on her books yet. these designs look really nice.

  149. Nina says:

    The top in the last picture looks really sweet – pretty but not fussy. I’m just starting to sew knits. I really like the ethos, too – eco-friendly and non-elitist.

  150. Jacqueline Crystal says:

    I am just starting to seriously sew! The pictures posted here look incredible and inspiring. I would love to win!

  151. Jen V says:

    Wow. These look like something to cherish once made. Beautiful style & I love the one-of-a-kind pieces.

  152. Lynn says:

    The hat would be a fun portable hand sewing project. I love the extra details of all the pieces shown. Must put this book on my wish list. Winning it would be wonderful!

  153. KarenH says:

    I love that skirt and tunic!

  154. Jennifer Stoll says:

    BEEE-utiful. I’m thinking some of this could work for my wedding dress……

  155. JJ says:

    I’d love to have this book!

  156. ariane says:

    I’m about to cut into some jersey to make a Bloomers skirt this weekend. I’d love to have a chance to see the new book!

  157. Cindy says:

    Love her work. The books look great! I like the hats.

  158. Hilary S says:

    Lovely patterns. I would make the hats on the cover!

  159. Frances says:

    I haven’t really seen much of this work, but it’s quite intriguing. It would be fun to win the book and give it a go!

  160. Virginia says:

    The embellished top is beautiful! I would definitely make that first.

  161. Kristy says:

    I would be making a skirt first – definitely a hole in my closet!

  162. Gail says:

    Oh! I’m a new huge fan of Alabama Chanin. I love both the creative design aspect and the philosophy of this company and of it’s creator, as well!

  163. Alabama Studio Sewing is new to me, but I really like the look. I love hand stitching, what beautiful stitching to really make something one of a kind. I would love to sew myself a skirt. Of course then I would need to make a top to coordinate!

  164. avital says:

    This book looks absolutely amazing. I am drooling and just went through ever “look inside” page I could find on Amazon. Those hats are stunning and I want to make one right this very second!

  165. tracy says:

    Since this is on my Amazon wish list, I’d be thrilled beyond belief to win it!

  166. jenn says:

    I love that grey top! I would definitely try some of the techniques in this book!

  167. I have not heard of A.S. before now, but I love how everything looks! The subtle details in the patterns are wonderful.

  168. Becky Butler says:

    I just love the fabric she creates, it’s amazing! I would definetly try to make a top!

  169. Twig says:

    Natalie Chanin’s designs take my breath away! I’d like to begin with a hat, or fingerless gloves…

  170. Andrea K says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Would love to do a little hat like the ones pictured!

  171. Shirley says:

    I’d love a chance to win this book! I’m a huge fan of making skirts since they are less fuss and an easier fit. Skirts are just so comfortable to wear during the summer. Her designs are so unique!

  172. Joan says:

    That embellished tee is adorable! And the knit empire tunic top! Super?

  173. Rachel says:

    Oh Wow. I think I must get my hands on one of her books no matter what. Now this is the kind of sewing I want to do!

  174. Jane S. says:

    I love the pictures you posted — especially that tank top! If this book could help me learn to make stuff like that, I’d be forever grateful. Thanks for the chance to win it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Jennifer says:

    How interesting that you are featuring her today – with a giveaway, no less. I have one of her books on hold at the library. There is a fitted t-shirt in there that I am very interested in making.

  176. kate o. says:

    i love her work! i’ve made tshirts for my kids and loved the techniques.

  177. lynaeve says:

    I’ve never heard of this book, but I would love to try it out.

  178. I think Natalie Chanin is so inspiring! I would love tho win this new book!

  179. Ramona says:

    I must have missed your previous posts on Natalie and her books because this book looks awesome. I am going to have to check out her other books too. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  180. Elena says:

    This book looks so good! My favorite thing about the first two books was learning how to make the clothing and then creating my own stencils for patterns and using those.

  181. Doris says:

    I haven’t taken the time to try any of them yet, (just lust over the website!) but I really like that velvet paisley applique idea!

  182. Jill Guinn says:

    I’ve been following Natalie Chanin for sometime. Love her work. She is an inspiration. Not sure what I would make first, maybe a skirt. Great giveaway.

  183. Elisabeth says:

    Love the Alabama Studio style! I have never tried the techniques, but it’s on the to-do list for sure. I would make a top first though I usually gravitate towards dresses and skirts. Some of these would look great with the maxi skirt trend that I love.

  184. Jerri says:

    I have her first book, and gave her second book to my MIL. They are WONDERFUL!

  185. MBMeadows says:

    I haven’t tried her techniques yet but would love to win her book to have a chance to try!

  186. Iris says:

    I love alabama chanin, using her techniques has really changed my sewing experience for the best! handwork is an amazing thing, think I want to make a skirt first, but a bolero would be awesome too!

  187. Genevieve says:

    I’ve never tried her designs but I’ve always wanted to! They are so beautiful!!


  188. I haven’t tried her technique, but i love to sew by hand! Would love a copy!

  189. Kristy says:

    OOOHH! I was absoultely thrilled to see this giveaway as I was just getting ready to purchase some of her books! My daughter would love to make herself some of these designs over her summer break. She loves the fitted embelished tops, and has the figure to carry them off!!

  190. Allison C says:

    I haven’t tried any of those techniques, but would love to. I think I would make a top first.

  191. ste says:

    The pictures are so intriguing. What beautiful things she has. I think I’d need to give this book to my friend. She’s a much better sewer than I am.

  192. Maya says:

    I love what I am seeing! I want to make that black top! It looks like appliquรƒยฉ but it also looks like it is two layers with the top one cut. Beautiful!

  193. marcia says:

    I am very eager to try Alabama Studio techniques! I love the style, love the lines and how Nancy interacts them all. Love handsewing, so please, bring it on!

  194. Miranda says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  195. Joanna says:

    What BEAUTIFUL and wearable clothes! I’d love to get my hands on a copy ๐Ÿ™‚

  196. Karen Klein says:

    I have all the books. This one is the icing on the cake. The ability for anyone to create an Alabama Chanin materpiece is a gift. I wish other designers would share a few secrets.

  197. I’ve picked up the books in my hands so many times… Now’s my chance!
    Looove the designs.

  198. Jane Stewart says:

    Wow, would love to start a skirt first!

  199. Nicole Gilfillan says:

    I have been a fan of Natalie’s for years! I keep my fingers crossed that I win!

  200. Lisa says:

    I have the first two books, and I *love* them. The full-size patterns are wonderful, and her instructions are well-written and easy to follow. I’ve loved everything I have made from them.

    Natalie’s couture line is amazing, and if I could have an entire wardrobe of Alabama Chanin-inspired clothing I would!

  201. brooke says:

    i want this book! i played around with a cuff in the alabama style. i would most certainly tackle a dress first.

  202. Tamie says:

    If I were to win I think I’d better start with something simple like a wrap and then work my way up from there.

  203. colleen a. says:

    looks like a lovely book!

  204. rebecca says:

    I love Alabama Chanin! I’ve wanted to try a skirt for a while!

  205. Fritzi Marie says:

    Everything Natalie does is beautiful. I would love to make a skirt with beaded star appliques. Her work is magical.
    Fritzi Marie

  206. Ella says:

    I haven’t tried the Alabama Studio technique. Her work is gorgeous. I’d love to work on a top or a wrap.

  207. mjb says:

    I love the tops that were added in this book!

  208. Jennyroo says:

    I love the reverse applique techniques I learned from the first Alabama Studio book, can’t wait to see what more they have in store for us in this follow-up book!!

  209. Kyla Mucci says:

    I really enjoyed the blog post about hand sewing and the length of the thread. I’ve learned that using a long thread is a bad idea on my own but Natalie explained why. If I do in fact receive a copy, I will probably make a wrap or a dress. I need a nice dress but refuse to buy one.

  210. Peg Grady says:

    I have Natalie’s first two books and have made lots of headbands, transformed boring skirts into things I love to wear, gifted a friend with the bunny for her newborn daughter, and would love to win Natalie’s latest…time for me to try an entire dress.

  211. Debbie says:

    This makes me want to sew clothes again. Very fun.

  212. Deena says:

    She’s so talented – her new book looks amazing.

  213. Abby says:

    I love the details she includes in her clothes, and I would love to try my hand at one of the dresses or tops. That black top in the photo in this post is gorgeous, and it looks like it’s actually really simple under the appliquรƒยฉ.

  214. vicki says:

    I would love to win this book! I have the original Alabama Stitch book but haven’t made any of the projects yet, hopefully I will soon.

  215. Westin's Mom says:

    Wow, this takes it to the next level! I would love to try some of these techniques.

  216. Lauren says:

    I would love to learn more about Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Do they have a website?

  217. Amy Grace Clark says:

    Oh my goodness – I so admire Natalie Chanin and all she is doing with the couture lines, the working with organic cotton and sustainability, her involvement with the Southern Foodways Alliance, and, of course, her fabulous designs. I have the first two books and was so excited to see that a third was coming out – definitely an inspiration!

  218. Natalie says:

    Thank you so much for all the kind words! xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

  219. Kristin H says:

    I haven’t tried the Alabama studio techniques, but I love how the finished product looks!

  220. Julia says:

    very inspiring. heading over now to check out the interview.

  221. Kelsey says:

    I definitely want to make that grey shirt at the bottom of your post!!

  222. jessica says:

    This book looks fabulous… I would love to make the embellished tank!

  223. Jennifer says:

    I have the Alabama Stitch Book but would love, love, love to get my hands on this one as well. Amazing techniques and style. Thanks for the opportunity.

  224. Betsy says:

    I’m from Alabama! Doesn’t that mean I need this book?

  225. liz f says:

    I’d love to try a skirt or top. But, I’m also a little intimidated!

  226. MarciaW says:

    I have not made garments for myself recently. The gathered top (last photo above) caught my attention. I like to handsew so it would be fun to try one of her dress designs. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this new book.

  227. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful details!

  228. Lynda Clark says:

    I hadn’t heard of Alabama Studio before but after seeing these pictures I want to learn more!

  229. Kimberly says:

    looks like an interesting book.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  230. Dell says:

    Would love to make some tops for my teenage daughter.

  231. Rebecca S says:

    I love this style so much. I was thinking about making a top for this summer, but have to find the right underlay for the coral jersey that I have. I was just going to wing it, but having the book would be helpful too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  232. Sun says:

    I’m a long time admirer of Natalie’s work but have never tried making anything from her books. I would love to get her book and give it a try!

  233. Glenys says:

    I am totally into her designs. Never heard of her till now!! Glad I did! I would sew dresses and skirts first of all. I’ve always like couture.

  234. Hilary S says:

    Very cool!

  235. natasha says:

    Oh wow beautiful design. I have never tried her techniques but her designs are beautiful. I would love to make that skirt and top pictured above!

  236. Mary says:

    Looks AMAZING! Would love to make that skirt with ruffles…. Fingers crossed!

  237. mary buchanan says:

    I love Alabama Studio! I love the look of this designer- it’s fresh and girly without being cutesy- I would make myself a longish tunicy top for over leggings…. please???

  238. Tricia says:

    I’m a little scared of the applique, but I love the look and I love the simple, flowing lines of these clothes!

  239. Kaylee G says:

    I would love to make some skirts and dresses for myself and my sister who is currently a college student. I have not tried the Alabama Studio techniques and I am fairly new to sewing, however, that does not mean that I can not learn new things! I would be so excited to win Alabama Studios book ๐Ÿ™‚

  240. sook hyun says:

    wow that tank looks so comfy. would love to win and try out her techniques

  241. Jessica says:

    Love Love Love! Especially that last top, that’s what made me click into the post.

  242. Lynda says:

    Definitely a top. Then a skirt. Maybe a dress. It would be so hard to choose!!!

  243. Emily says:

    Wow! That looks like an awesome book.

  244. This would be lovely to win! I’d love to make the hat and the last blouse pictured above.

  245. cecile says:

    I love her first book, and I’m making a skirt. I just bought the second one, for the dress, which is great. I was waiting for this last one… I would want to make the whole wardrobe !

  246. Erin B says:

    I’ve made clothes for my girls but not myself. I would love to make a top that fit right but might start with a skirt because I’m guessing it would be easier.

  247. Melissa Ann says:

    I made a skirt and the corset T from her first book. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  248. I’d love to win, as I really want to learn to sew my own wardrobe! Indeed, this might be the weekend when I attempt a dress from a fit muslin I made several years ago. I have dreams of designing my own patterns , and I’d love to see her take on it all!

  249. thanks for a chance to win! i’d most likely make a skirt first, i loooove to wear skirts all summmer long!

  250. kathyh says:

    I’ve used many of these techniques before in my sewing. Cool book.

  251. Judi says:

    I have seen several people try this technique and I love the effect. Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  252. amy says:

    So gorgeous. I’ve never tried her stuff, but have always wanted to. Thanks for the giveaway!

  253. Rachel B says:

    Very proud for Alabama. Love her inspiration.

  254. molly says:

    I have seen her books around the blogs but not in person. These pictures are making me think I must get my hands on a copy of this one for sure, if not all of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  255. Mary Cordell says:

    The other two books have been an inspiration for slow-sewing. I have looked for and not found a poncho this year. A poncho would be the first thing I hope to make from this new book.

  256. kristen says:

    I am a huge fan of Natalie and her incredible designs! I’d love to make a dress or a skirt…or a hat or a wrap…

  257. TinaD says:

    I haven’t tried anything like this, I would start with a simple like a wrap. I love learning new things!

  258. Amy G. says:

    This looks like such a neat book!

  259. beth says:

    I think that top is so pretty. Like to make something like that – and some more dresses.

  260. Jaima says:

    I absolutely love these designs! So nice to see styles that will suit a variety of body types! I’d really enjoy this book.

  261. Dora says:

    I have never tried any of the Alabama Studio techniques, but I regularly visit Natalie’s site and drool…

    I think I would love to make a skirt first. I love all her skirts!

  262. says:

    Holy Cow…I’d love to win this book…everything is so beautiful!

  263. Darlene says:

    Really nice pattern book! Thanks so much for the giveaway. May need to add this one to my library.

  264. Delia says:

    I have not tried her techniques, but I have a good friend that sews some of her items this way. Stunning work! I would love to make a skirt if I get this book. I think it would be lovely edged with this layered technique.

  265. Annie K says:

    These designs are fantastic! I have three, grown daughters that would look fabulous in them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  266. Lindsay F says:

    I think I would start with a top. I have wanted to try clothes making for a while now…

    lindsay (dot) forgette (at) gmail (dot) com

  267. Jessica says:

    I so want this book! I love the cute tops!

  268. Marsy says:

    I just finished my first skirt made from the first Alabama Chanin book and I am totally hooked! I’m making plans for my next project (a dress this time, I think). I checked this book out in the store, and it looks like such a great resource for those of us who are having a hard time deciding what to do next! I hope to add it to my library.

  269. Tara Curtis says:

    That appliquรƒยฉ is the first thing I’m borrowing from this!

  270. Nicole says:

    I am obsessed with these books!!

  271. Camille Monahan says:

    I’ve never seen the Alabama Studio techniques before but it is beautiful! Hope I win!

  272. Angelina S says:

    I would love to win this book! Beautiful stuff!

  273. jen says:

    I’ve never tried a technique of hers – but I LOVE that tand shirt/tunic

  274. patricia says:

    I went to their website and loved everything I saw. My hands are always cold so I think I would start with the fingerless gloves.

  275. Amanda says:

    I love these books. What a fantastic give away!

  276. I’m always looking to gobble up new techniques, and I lovelovelove the little grey dress/top in the bottom picture! Pick me, pick me!!

  277. Kris says:

    Would love to have these books! The projects look amazing!

  278. Rebecca G says:

    I’ve tried a scarf using one of the Alabama Studio techniques. I love her clothes, they’re so gorgeous! I would make a top or a skirt first, but I know it will be hard to choose!

  279. Meredith says:

    Oh these books look fantastic! I would live to win them! I think they would really stretch me.

  280. Milica Carter says:

    I have one of her books and I just adore her designs but have been petrified to try the hand sewing! I think it’s time to face those fears! I am in love with those hats and that top and skirt!

  281. Sarah Peterson says:

    I haven’t yet tried the Alabama Studio techniques, but I am an admirer of Natalie’s couture lines. Everything about her work is beautiful – colors, embellishments, materials, shapes. I’d love to make a top and skirt for layering during the spring and summer months.

  282. Deb Joseph says:

    I am in love with the Alabama studio sewing techniques! I would be thrilled to win the book and the first thing I would make would be a skirt.

  283. Lorie says:

    Her attention to detail is admirable. I would love a copy of this book.

  284. Dorothy says:

    Can I want to make it all? This book looks fabulous!

  285. Jess says:

    I love the look of this book, I really need to get my hands on it in person! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m in the mood to add some new tops and skirts to my wardrobe so I would probably sew those first. ๐Ÿ™‚

  286. Jodie says:

    I haven’t tried any of the techniques but I’ve heard about the books and I’d love to win them. I’d make a skirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  287. Jamie says:

    Although I have not tried the Alabama Studio techniques, I have been an admirer for awhile. I would love to sew a top or a bolero. Thanks for the giveaway!

  288. Erin says:

    I would have to make myself one of her great tops, so pretty!

  289. Linda says:

    What an amazing book! I would definitely be sharing this with my adult daughter to create some fabulous pieces. I love the basic designs to start with and then the sky’s the limit on where to take them. Thanks for a chance to win this!

  290. Vanessa says:

    I love her books and already own the first two Alabama Studio books. I really dig the tank in the last picture.

  291. Lucy says:

    This looks wonderful. I love the hats. Maybe its time I sew something with some style.

  292. Sue Crosier says:

    How fun these clothes look. Would love to try sewing them !! And they look so comfy to wear as well !

  293. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    The embellishing of her tops are so amazing! I also love the ruffled skirt. I think what I like most… all of her looks seem so wearable. Thanks for sharing Alabama Studio Style with us!

  294. Gerwerken says:

    I love Natalie Chanin’s style. I have the other books in the series, and I would love to win this one!

  295. I picked up one of her books at the bookstore and thumbed through it, she is so very talented!! Her work looks very time consuming but so unique. I would make a skirt first if I was to win her book!

  296. Gina S. says:

    I love that Gray Tank, it would have to be the first thing i made. Beautiful style.

  297. Allie says:

    Wow, such amazing pieces. Love her!

  298. I have the first book and made a reverse-applique knit skirt and absolutely love it. I hope that I can make more like it!

  299. Nicole S says:

    Sewing brought to a whole new level! Skirts and tanks for the summer…

  300. Kathy Marsh says:

    I have a piece of taupe cotton jersey that is calling out for one of these techniques. Maybe I’ll start with a tank top.

  301. Splomo says:

    I already bought these books, but they would make wooooonderful gifts! My friends listen to me gush about the philosophical and aesthetic joys of organic jersey garmentsu sewn and embellished by skilled and loving hands. I’ve already made a reverse appliquรƒยฉ beaded scarf, and want to make skirts and tunics and dresses and jackets and shrugs. The couching/reverse couching is so beautiful, I am really eager to try my hand at that.

  302. Catherine says:

    I’ve never tried any Alabama Studio techniques, but wouldn’t hesitate to. That final photo of the empire tank makes me super excited – – comfy & a beautiful cut.

  303. Julie says:

    I would love to make some tops. Ready for new spring and summer wear.

  304. Salma says:

    Oh this book looks amazing, the first thing I would probably try is a top or a blouse of some sort, I always like to practice fine details on smaller items first!

  305. Lori says:

    Love, love, love the Alabama Chanin ideas so creative beautiful wearable items. Who wouldn’t want to try all the ideas in this book too!?

  306. Sharon says:

    I really admire Natalie’s work & style. If I won the book, I’d probably make a wrap to start with.

  307. Sharon Griffith says:

    Well I do love her contour look and the gray shirt up top is a perfect eye catcher for me…..sounds like a wonderful book and would be awesome to add to my library….

  308. Meghan says:

    The tops are lovely!

  309. AmandaL says:

    I’d have to say I’d go for one of the tops, first. Although that skirt! that SKIRT!

  310. angelina says:

    oh my. would LOVE .X

  311. Paige Farrish says:

    This is the first I have heard of this book! So sad for me I guess. I am beginning to sew more for myself as I continue to sew for my girls. I would love to learn these techniques and try my hand at these beautiful patterns.

  312. Joy says:

    I’m in love with that gray sleeveless top. Beautiful simplicity.

  313. Sharon says:

    Loved her first book. Unique style and doable too.

  314. Brigette says:

    These books sound so interesting! I would first try making a skirt.

  315. BeckyB says:

    Always on my list of “Things I Must Do”!

  316. Barbara says:

    The few pictures in this post are enough to make me really want this book! The skirt is so pretty. And I am planning on sewing a summer dress sometime soon – I’m sure I’d find something “just right” in Natalie’s book.

  317. ClaireM says:

    I would definitely make a top as they are all so brilliant. Thanks for the give away!

  318. Heather says:

    I haven’t heard of this book before but now I’m dying to own it. It looks amazing and I’ve just gotta learn about those techniques! What a great way to add WOW factor to a wardrobe

  319. Fran Baas says:

    I would love to win this book. Please enter me into the contest! This book just might get me inspired to create some cute things for the summer. Unique and creative pieces, but yet also comfortable.

  320. Ginger says:

    I have Natalie’s other two books and have made dish towels and a simple dress. I’m working on a more embellished left and am so excited. I think with the new book, I’d head straight for more dresses.

  321. Stephannie says:

    Haven’t tried any of the techniques but am very intrigued!Do love the aesthetic.

  322. Carolyn says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  323. paola says:

    First I’ll sew a top for me! The one in the first picture is soo beautiful!
    Great book, I’d like to win it!
    Bye bye

  324. Alli says:

    Those clothes look so cute! I think I’d love to make everything! Thanks for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  325. Carol F says:

    Loving the style!

  326. Rachel says:

    I have her first two books and would love to add the third to my library! They are all so beautiful just to look at – plus the bonus of amazing patterns to sew!

  327. Truly Myrtle says:

    I love the look of this book! I’d love to win it ๐Ÿ™‚

  328. Jennifer says:

    I have never made clothing before..I would love to try!

  329. r says:

    This looks like a fabulous book, I think I’d make the appliqued t-shirt first.

  330. Louise Shackleton says:

    I can’t wait to get this book and start sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

  331. Susie H. says:

    Natalie Chanin’s bridal line blew me away… I mean, it’s been 9 years since I wore a wedding dress, and I never was one to get giddy over them – but hers are in a league of their own. True works of art indeed! Now, reading the snippet about her reasons for sharing her techniques, I admire her even more. Thank you for such an inspiring post and giveaway!

  332. Valerie says:

    I like her designs because of the simplicity of them and yet there is a lot of detail in her work!


  333. Emily Simpson says:

    I would love to win a copy of this. I’m relatively new to sewing and haven’t been very courageous in trying our different styles and methods and this would be the perfect opportunity. If I win, I’m definitely going to make a dress first!

  334. Jenna says:

    This looks like a great book. I already own her first book and love it! I’m already planning a summer of skirts so that may be what I would make first.

  335. Melissa says:

    I’m loving that knit tunic top! Very excited to see this book in person. Fingers crossed I’m the lucky winner!

  336. Siew says:

    Her designs have always fascinated me. I don’t know if I would have the patience or technique to make one of them but I love the skirts.

  337. Jacqui says:

    I would love to win a copy Natalie Chanin’s new book. I have her 2nd book and its great. My favourite skirt is one from her book.

  338. wendy says:

    Oooh, oooh, oooh, I want this one so bad! I have the Alabama Stitch book already, and it’s so fabulous. Her designs are so lovely!

  339. Chloe Read says:

    I would make tops and dresses for work – these are gorgeous! Fingers crossed…

  340. Chris Vanderstoep says:

    I would love to win this book! I am in desperate need of some tops, and skirts! :o)

  341. Alicia Toney says:

    This book sound awesome! I’be recently become obsessed with sewing my own clothes, so I can’t wait to check out this book!

  342. Ellena says:

    Oh my – I love the dresses from these books and have been toying with saving up to buy all three!

  343. Val says:

    Beautiful designs! If I don’t win, I may have to purchase the book!

  344. Amanda says:

    These are enchanting! I’d love to have a copy of the book!

  345. melissa says:

    Not familiar with them. I think I’d makea top first. Thanks for the giveaway.

  346. Kim Fisher says:

    Oooooooohhhh… I love that tank top with the ruffly black skirt.

  347. MelodyJ says:

    This book looks as good as her other books.


  348. Jenelle says:

    I am becoming more and more interested lately (and confident) in taking up apparel sewing. Knowing my own love of hand sewing and embroidery, I think that learning couture techniques would be something that I would enjoy a lot. I would love to make a tunic or longer top first.

  349. gillian says:

    I love that tank top. Crossing my fingers!

  350. Jody Pearl says:

    What I like the most about the Alabama Chanin designs is the hand sewing. I know my way round a sewing machine however when it comes to adding an impression to a design using a hand sewn technique I am in unfamiliar water.

    I enjoy taking my time when choosing garments to REinvent and/or fabric to cut into and I know that Natalies techniques will compliment my ethos on creating along with inspire & motivate me to take a step outside my comfort zone and step it up a bit.

    Thankyou for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting competition.

  351. Melanie says:

    If I don’t win it, I am going to buy it and become an Alabama Studio Artisan!

  352. Heidi says:

    This looks incredible. I would love to take a look at this book and try my hand at making a top or dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  353. Kerry says:


  354. Annegrete says:

    I love love love this peak into the handsewn World of Alabama studio! I would love to win the book and make a poncho ๐Ÿ™‚ And a skirt and and

  355. Laura says:

    Those are gorgeous

  356. Samantha says:

    I really want to try this. I love her look and it looks like it would be fun to create.

  357. Munaiba says:

    Looks way too hard for me but very interesting nonethelesss.

  358. Barbara says:

    I love the tops and skirt. I’d like to make a top similar to the slim sleeveless one. Beautiful.

  359. Kristy says:

    Love dresses and tops!

  360. Wendy says:

    I’d love to make that skirt. I’ve never made anything from any of her books, but I’d love to try!

  361. Jody says:

    The empire-waist top looks right up my alley. I love her design style. Really fits with me.

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