NEWSLETTER #28: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

NEWSLETTER-#28With the launch of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns at the beginning of the month, many of our Journal posts have focused on the book’s features, printing options, and our new Resource downloads page—now with printable patterns and tiled stencil artwork.

We’ve combined all of these new choices into Newsletter #28 as an easy-to-reference resource for questions you may have surrounding the new book.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.27.2015 – 5.2.2015

The Factory This Week

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2:

STORE
Join Alabama Chanin in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 2–3 for our Pop-up Shop at Southern Makers. The Alabama Chanin Team will also be hosting a two-hour sewing workshop from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on May 2. This workshop is suited for beginners and experienced sewers alike, reserve your spot here.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so don’t forget to reserve your spot at our first-ever Sunday Brunch, in celebration of all moms out there. Price includes a buffet of sweet and savory offerings, made from fresh and organic ingredients, beverages, tax, and a tip.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day

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MOM T-SHIRT

MOM SHIRT-ALABAMA CHANIN

As we’ve written in the past, there are many ways to define a mother. Merriam Webster opts for “a female parent” but we at Alabama Chanin feel the term mother is often more verb than noun. A mother can also be a member of your “family of choice” –or any woman that has offered you guidance and support. Mother can be many things, many people:

Woman, Provider, Friend, Sister, Wife, Daughter, Mom. (To mention a very few.)

We sold a version of the shirt pictured above many years ago, and—in honor of Mother’s Day and The School of Making—have now revamped the design and made this new Mother stencil available as a free download on our Resources page. (Step-by-step instructions on how to print a stencil can be found here.)

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DIY NATALIE’S APRON

Natalie's Apron - Alabama Chanin

Natalie’s Apron—now available for purchase as a downloadable sewing pattern from our Resources page—is a version of an apron my grandmother wore nearly every day of her life. The cut of the apron was adapted from the shape of our Camisole Dress pattern from Alabama Studio Style, and it features an optional large, two-sided pocket across the front. The seaming and wide-sweeping hem make this apron a comfortable and flattering fit for every woman’s body. It is beautiful and incredibly practical—especially for those of us that need full-coverage protection in the kitchen (and a large pocket to keep up with the bits of everyday life). I also wear a version of this apron when I help out in our café—pocket filled with pens, pencils, papers, phones, and hair ties.

Due to the popularity of this style (and after many requests), we’ve made this sewing pattern available for download—following our DIY Unisex T-shirt. The pattern comes with both full-scale or tiled-for-printing versions. See our post about printing a pattern here.

The apron is also available as DIY Natalie’s Apron Kit in our Small Polka Dots stencil for a limited time in our DIY Gift Guide. It comes with our faded fabric as a backing layer and our Black Variegated embroidery floss; choose your outer layer and thread colors. You may also choose to design your own Custom DIY Kit for this apron, or creating your own sewing pattern by altering our Camisole Dress pattern available in Alabama Studio Style as a paper pattern and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns in digital version.

NATALIE’S APRON IN SMALL POLKA DOTS

Natalie's Apron - Photographer Abraham Rowe - Alabama Chanin

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MOTHER’S DAY: (LAST MINUTE) GIFT IDEAS

A. Chanin Patchwork Tank The phrase “working mother” is redundant. –Jane Sellman

Time always seems to get away from us—just have a look at our April calendar. It’s been busy at Alabama Chanin (and at home, and on the road).

It’s less than three weeks until Mother’s Day and a few of our favorite items from the Mother’s Day Gift Guide (plus a couple of new pieces) are in-stock and ready to ship.

Celebrate working moms (of all types).

A. Chanin V-neck T-Shirt

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NEVER A PAL LIKE MOM (AND ROSANNE CASH)

NEVER A PAL LIKE MOTHERDust-to-to-Digital is a unique recording company that serves to combine rare recordings with historical images and descriptive texts, resulting in cultural artifacts. We have previously written about several of their collections that resonate so well with our brand. We believe in preserving traditions, and Dust-to-Digital truly speaks to that with their historically rich albums. We revisit one of their books, Never A Pal Like Mother: Vintage Songs & Photographs of the One Who’s Always True, for Mother’s Day.

NEVER A PAL LIKE MOTHER

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 04.20.2015 – 04.25.2015

The Factory This Week

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” – Jane Austen

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 20 – Saturday, April 25:

STORE

Join us on Monday, April 20 at The Factory for Third Mondays. Work on your latest sewing projects in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. A light breakfast, coffee, and tea will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

If you are in the Chicago area, join Natalie as she speaks at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago about the Alabama Chanin family of businesses on Tuesday, April 21. Learn about Alabama Chanin’s commitment to sustainability at every step of the manufacturing process. The event will take place at the SAIC Columbus Auditorium at 6pm, and is free, non-ticketed, and open to the general public.

STORE HOURS

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS

Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ

Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu weekly.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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#FASHION

ALABAMA CHANIN – #FASHION

Like the rest of the world, the fashion industry has widely utilized Instagram (the photo sharing app with over 300 million users) to share insider glimpses into brands and lives, highlight the creative process, and find simple ways to connect to followers. Brands and consumers are sharing personal, visual “moments” in their lives (of course, perfectly oriented and filtered). In celebration of this relationship between the fashion industry and social media users, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) released their newest book, titled Designers on Instagram: #Fashion.

The book includes photos from CFDA designers (including Alabama Chanin), hand selected by the council and separated into five chapters, categorized by hashtags: #BehindtheSeams, #Selfies, #Inspiration, #Fashion, and #TBT (aka “Throwback Thursday,” for the uninitiated).

The colorful hardbound release is appropriately square shaped, like all Instagram photos. We think it’s a beautiful volume; the photos make you feel like a fashion insider, even if you are on your couch eating popcorn in your pajamas (no comment) or dressing a seven-year-old for school (or at least trying to dress a seven-year-old).

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CUSTOMIZATION: AMY HERZOG

ALABAMA CHANIN – CUSTOMIZATION: AMY HERZOG

Today, we begin a series of blog posts highlighting customized DIY garments made from Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We are lucky to work with a range of makers and writers across the spectrum of handwork. In the coming weeks, you’ll find stories and ideas from the likes of Heather RossAnna Maria HornerKristine VejarJoelle Hoverson, and Amy Butler (in no particular order)—and look for more exciting customizations in the coming months.

Without further ado: Amy Herzog

Some of the makers within our DIY circle may be familiar with Amy Herzog of Amy Herzog Designs. Amy’s website is a treasure trove of information about creating, modifying, and customizing sweaters. Everyone knows that I’m daft when it comes to knitting. Amy’s approach and incredible resources make me believe that perhaps even I could knit a sweater to match my own personal style.

We’re delighted to share Amy’s recent review of our newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. Hearing others say that our Studio Books make creating garments seem less scary and more accessible is not only heartwarming but it reinforces our belief that sharing resources truly can advance the “living arts.”

In her review, Amy mentions that garment length is the fit issue she struggles with the most. Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns introduces, among other things, ways to shorten and lengthen hemlines. On pages 112–115, we offer instructions on how to alter length at the perimeter and internally—plus a couple of other options. We also propose solutions to other fit challenges, including waistline, hip, bust, and neckline alterations.

ALABAMA CHANIN – CUSTOMIZATION: AMY HERZOG

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