Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS



Over the years, our Journal has developed a growing community of readers. What began as an occasional post about the progress of my garden or a favorite book has become a six-year,1,000 post chronicle of everything from DIY projects and recipes to important conversations on sustainable design and fashion. The Journal is our platform to connect with and learn from our readers. Our always-growing readership allows us to write about an expanding range of topics and explore new people and places; this provides constant inspiration and education for us.

Recently, we added a new option to our mailing list subscription: DAILY JOURNAL. By signing up, you will receive daily Journal posts, sent directly to your inbox. Join our mailing list to receive our Daily Journal, or update your subscription to include it here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin



In addition to showcasing the new Alabama Chanin collection at Worthwhile in Charleston, South Carolina this week, we are also hosting a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at SpaceCraft Studios.

October 10, 2013 – October 12, 2013

SpaceCraft Studios
8 Avondale Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29407

Thursday and Friday: 11:00am to 5:30pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 3:30pm

Come browse through our swatch books and see ready-made garments for inspiration and sizing, then create a customized DIY project. Our DIY kits, fabric, sewing notions, and the Alabama Chanin Studio book series will be available for order at the Trunk Show.

There will also be an Open Sewing Night on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The sewing nights are free with the purchase of an Alabama Chanin DIY Kit during the Trunk Show, or $20 without purchase. There is no instruction, and registration is required in advance. We hope to see you there.

For more information, contact SpaceCraft Studios: +1.843.284.6253.




We had a One-Day Workshop in Charleston, South Carolina back in June, and now we are returning this week to showcase the new Alabama Chanin Collection at a Trunk Show hosted by our friends at Worthwhile. Make plans to join us.

Thursday, October 10
12:00pm through 5:00pm
Opening Reception 5:00 to 7:00pm

Friday, October 11
10:00am through 5:00pm

268 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

For more information, please contact press (at), or call +1.256.760.1090.




Newsletter #9 announces our upcoming Studio Style DIY Handmade Holiday and the addition of Daily Journal updates to our mailing list.

Read about our recent DIY projects on the Journal, shop our long sleeve Basics for the cooler months, and view our upcoming Events.

Join our mailing list to receive our Monthly Newsletter, or update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter (and our new Daily Journal) here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin



One Day Workshop - The Factory

This year we’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Charleston, Chattanooga, San Francisco, and Woodstock for our One-Day Workshops. Our last One-Day of the year is this Saturday at The Factory in Florence. It’s not too late to register and spend the day with Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team. Registration closes at noon tomorrow.

Saturday, September, 21 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Cost includes materials, instruction from the Alabama Chanin team, and locally sourced lunch.

For more information, contact Alabama Chanin: workshops (at) or call Olivia at +1.256.760.1090, M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

P.S.: If you can’t make it for our One-Day, we have a few openings left for our Studio Weekend and Studio Week in November – both at The Factory in Florence. 

*Photo thanks to Rinne Allen




As the Alabama Chanin team rushes around Manhattan with our new collection during New York Fashion Week, it is impossible not to remember this day twelve years ago. Twelve years of healing is not long enough. For most of us, this day will remain very personal for the rest of our lives. And yet, a dozen years is time enough for a new generation to grow up largely uninformed or dispassionate, if only because our reality has become a story to them, a tale, the way Pearl Harbor has become, to many, a history lesson and a bank holiday.

However, we will always remember those who perished that day, those who lost friends and loved ones, and all of the heroes who saved lives and found the humanity in recovery efforts. We recall the pain, but also the national pride as we joined together in silence and exercised resilience. We take the PeaceBuilders Pledge (again) with the continued hope that there will be an end to war and hate-driven tragedies in America and across the world.

Many of us on the Alabama Chanin team have lived in Manhattan. Some of us watched the towers burn from a few blocks away. Others arrived years later to a changed city skyline. But, no matter where each of us lived on that day, and since, we have watched America change. For so many, New York represents an opportunity for growth and transcendence. This day is a moment to remember compassion, love, and gratitude.




Last October, we held a One-Day Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. DIY Kits for the workshop had been cut, packaged, and shipped days before the event, but they never arrived in Atlanta, lost in transit. This was a workshop crisis. However, this particular workshop turned out to be one of our best to date. In a beautiful expression of communal crafting, twelve people collaborated to create two Alabama Chanin Swing Skirts from the only kits I happened to carry with me. While we were initially disappointed over the lost box, we soon learned of the people in the Northeast who lost lives and homes as Hurricane Sandy beat down on the New Jersey and New York shores. We didn’t know how lucky we were.


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Newsletter #8 announces our annual Labor Day sale. Beginning this Thursday, August 29 at midnight CST, take 20% off all your online purchases. Join our mailing list to receive the sale code and stay up-to-date on all our news and events.

It also highlights a new product to our Studio Style DIY store; our Stenciled Fat Eighths are now available in the Anna’s Garden and Paisley designs. We welcome you to visit our Press page to see our features in publications. Stop by our studio for Open Studio Fridays, where we invite you to shop our collection of hand-sewn garments and gifts (take 20% off all in-studio purchases, including special orders) and visit our new machine-manufacturing facility.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter, or update your subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin




Last year at MAKESHIFT 2012, one of our gatherings revolved around “Worn Stories,” an idea based on the blog, Sentimental Value, by Emily Spivack, friend of Jessamyn Hatcher. Spivack’s blog – and soon to be book, titled Worn Stories – shares the stories of garments purchased from Ebay. Those anecdotes were written by each item’s respective seller and, “are a window into people’s lives,” Spivack told the New York Times in a recent article highlighting her “Sentimental Value” exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Spivack also created and writes Threaded, the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog. Needless to say, Spivack has become an authority on connecting stories and clothing, which she views as works of art. Anyone who has ever made or purchased an Alabama Chanin garment knows the value we place on the quality, timelessness, and story of each project. Spivack’s mission rings very true for us.

Emily Spivack’s exhibit, Sentimental Value is on display through August 23,2013.

For more information, click here.




San Francisco has long been a favorite city for Alabama Chanin, a place with long-standing friendships, and where we’ve met some of our biggest fans. This weekend and for a few days next week, Alabama Chanin is hosting a series of events in the city.

Join us:

Tonight, August 15, 2013
Southern at the Table

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Heath Ceramics
2900 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

The Southern Foodways Alliance highlights Southern food culture with a documentary on Tennessee barbecue pitmaster Helen Turner and we host a Southern at the Table marketplace featuring food products from small businesses throughout the South, including Jack Rudy, Farmer’s Daughter, Shotwell Candy Company, Anson Mills, Alabama Biscuit Company and Virginia Willis My Southern Pantry Heirloom Grits.

Twenty percent of Thursday evening’s sales will go to support La Cocina initiatives.

For more information on Southern at the Table visit here or contact office(at)

August 15, 2013 – September 1, 2013
Home Trunk Show

Heath Ceramics
2900 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

A pop-up marketplace will be open in the Heath studio Thursday, August 15 through Monday, September 1, 2013, featuring gorgeous, hand sewn textiles for the table from Alabama Chanin, the new the Camellia dinnerware collaboration, and the continuation of the Southern food marketplace featuring southern-made goods including Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Small Batch Tonic and Grenadine, Virginia Willis’ Stone Ground Grits, Alabama Biscuit Company’s Biscuit Mix, and others.

August 14, 2013 – August 26, 2013
Alabama Chanin Studio Style DIY Trunk Show (our first ever)

A Verb for Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608

Hours: Wednesday 11-7, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-6, Monday 11-6, Tuesday Closed

Come see a variety of garments in various sizes, look through our swatch books, and imagine your DIY project. DIY kits, the Alabama Chanin Studio books, fabric and sewing notions will be for sale. 10% off DIY Kits. Bring in your Studio book (or buy a book) and receive 10% off Alabama Chanin organic cotton jersey fabric.

For more information, contact  A Verb for Keeping Warm: +1.510.595.8372


August 15, 2013 – August 16, 2013
Alabama Chanin Collection Trunk Show

Red Bird
By appointment only.

Special orders will be taken.
Contact: 510.644.0294

Saturday, August 17, 2013
One-Day Workshop

10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Heath Ceramics
2900 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

Our One-Day Workshop offers the Alabama Chanin experience in a casual, day-long session. Work with Natalie Chanin and our Alabama Chanin team to create one of our DIY Projects. Suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike.


For more information, contact Alabama Chanin: workshops (at)
or call Olivia at +1.256.760.1090