I do not remember the first time I heard or read about Natalie Chanin and what she’s created at Alabama Chanin. I think it was a podcast called ThreadCult.
I love her philosophy of creating handmade couture garments with American grown and processed organic cotton knit fabric and hand stitched in her home state of Alabama.
Of course, that meant I had to follow her in Pinterest and Instagram.
Her Craftsy class, Hand Embellishing Knit Fabric, is one of a few that I’ve actually watched from start to finish. I thought it would be a frugal way to have one of her garments. Except the project is a coat. Kinda big project. Scared me.
Then she published a sewing book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. This I could do.
Took awhile to accumulate the materials. You can purchase kits from her. But I wanted to practice. Bought enough rayon knit at Hancock’s going-out-of-business sale to freely experiment. Then the unexpected find of a linen knit at Harris in MN.I didn’t hand stitch any of the seams on the practice dresses. I was more interested in making sure of the fit. And also practicing the finishing techniques for the neckline and armholes.
Modified the A-line neckline higher for more coverage and then matched it to the Fitted dress pattern. (The Fitted dress has a scooped neck.)
They both fit well. But I like the fitted dress a little better.
Modifications: matched the necklines & arm holes to the tunic.
Next time: change the grain line on the tunic to the center seam or cut off the flare at the center seam.
Now I have to decide on the ‘real’ versions.