MOTHER’S DAY

My grandmother Christine once told me that she “sewed every dress that the girls” – her three daughters – “wore until they left home.” I remember as a little girl how she sewed everything from nightgowns and underwear to prom dresses and quilts.    Although her eyes don’t see well enough to sew these days, she is […]

HEATHER ROSS: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

Today, we continue our series of blog posts from some of our favorite makers highlighting DIY garments, customized using the techniques and patterns of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We last heard from Amy Herzog, who described the fit issues she has faced over the years—particularly garment length. This week, we are blushingly grateful to post […]

MAY + SWATCH OF THE MONTH

I am happy to greet May, partly because April came “as advertised”—dropping buckets of rain—but also because May is filled with so many good things. So many, in fact, that I might feel differently by month’s end, but for now I am ready. There are workshops, both at home and afar. Maggie finishes school at […]

EVENTS: A LOOK AHEAD

Join our mailing list here to receive information on upcoming workshops, events at The Factory, and away. You can also update your current subscription to receive certain mailings. Here’s a glance at our upcoming Events mailer: TWO-HOUR SEWING @ LF8, NYC (+ A BOOK SIGNING WITH NATALIE) Join Natalie for a Two-Hour Sewing Workshop at lf8 in […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.27.2015 – 5.2.2015

“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 […]

DIY NATALIE’S APRON

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 […]