HOW TO PRINT A GARMENT AND/OR STENCIL PATTERN

TILED STENCIL - ALABAMA CHANINWith the launch of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and our updated online Resources page on Friday—including new garment patterns and stencils offered as downloadable PDFs—we are offering a growing range of designs that require printing, either from a home printer or from wide-format printers found at print shops across the globe.

Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design included paper pattern sheets that allowed home sewers to create Alabama Chanin designed garments. And while this is a straight-forward process, there are new printing options available that may streamline patternmaking for the home sewer.  Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns comes with a CD filled with ready-to-print PDF files for new garments and stencils, plus all of the garments from our previous three books. Additionally, beginning this Friday we will offer new garment patterns and stencil designs for purchase from our Resources page—also in PDF form.

Electronic versions of all of these designs can be emailed from your computer or brought to a local copy/print shop and printed out on extra-large paper so that there is no joining or overlapping of the pattern pieces necessary. Wide-format printers are readily available that print up to 36” (90 cm) and sometimes as much as 44” (112 cm) wide and as long as the roll of paper fits the machine. Look for a copy/print shop in your community that works with architects, who also have large-scale printing needs. In our experience, prices for printouts can vary widely from shop to shop, and so it pays to take the time to research the best value available. If you cannot find a wide-format printer in your own community, there are a range of online services that will print digital files and ship to your door. Continue reading

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LAUNCHING ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

LAUNCHING ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

Last Thursday we started shipping our newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns.  Stacks of books around the office moved quickly into boxes and off into the hands of readers.  Thank you for all your sweet notes of praise and excitement.  We find it equally exciting to move on to this next chapter.

Look for our post tomorrow on “How To Print a Pattern,” fresh DIY Kits—inspired by the new book—launch on Thursday, Friday our updated Resources page arrives with a new downloadable garment pattern and improved stencil design PDFs, and look for our (first-round) blog tour over the coming weeks, featuring Heather Ross, Anna Maria HornerKristine Vejar, Amy Herzog, Joelle Hoverson, and Amy Butler (in no particular order).

Once you’ve had the chance to open your box and digest the contents, let us know what you think. Looking forward to hearing from each and every one of you…

xoNatalie

LAUNCHING ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

 

COMING FRIDAY: NEW PATTERNS, NEW RESOURCES

ALABAMA CHANIN – COMING FRIDAY: NEW PATTERNS, NEW RESOURCES

It’s a BIG week for us here at Alabama Chanin. Our newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, lands in stores and into the hands of the makers tomorrow. This fourth book in the Alabama Studio Series includes all the patterns from our first three Studio Books on a convenient CD, plus instructions and patterns for 12 new skirts, dresses, tops, and jackets, with illustrated guidelines for customizing the fit and style of each. The book teaches readers the ins and outs of refashioning garment shapes, raising and lowering necklines, taking in and letting out waistlines, and many more key forms of customization; it also offers guidelines for adapting patterns from other popular sewing companies to the Alabama Chanin style—stitched by hand in organic cotton jersey and embellished with stencils, embroidery, and beading. Check back on Wednesday for information on the best ways to print our patterns and stencils.

On Friday of this week, we introduce a newly re-organized Resources section. This re-formatting will make possible our first-ever downloadable garment patterns for purchase—beginning with our popular Unisex T-Shirt. Additionally, new and improved stenciling patterns will be available to purchase in PDF form with full-scale artwork for wide-format printing and also for tiled printing on both 8 1/2″ x 11” paper, or A4 paper. Look for additional garment patterns through 2015.

ALABAMA CHANIN – NEW PATTERNS, NEW RESOURCES

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.6.2015 – 4.11.2015

The Factory This Week

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 6 – Saturday, April 11:

STORE
Join us on Monday, April 6, for First Mondays. Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Spend next Saturday with Alabama Chanin at our Annual Open House and Community Picnic. We will be providing barbeque and fixins’, please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. We will also be hosting a series of one-hour mini-workshops that afternoon, register here.

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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CREATIVE TRUTHS

ALABAMA CHANIN – CREATIVE TRUTHS

I originally wrote the post below for the Etsy Seller Handbook. It ran on September 14 of 2011—just before my lecture at Hello Etsy. I ran across these “truths” recently while writing this post on The Business of Fashion’s “How To Set Up A Fashion Business”  and still find them true today.

xoNatalie

From the Etsy Blog:

I’ve often described my creative journey as “falling off a cliff,” yet thinking about it recently, I’ve realized — to my great surprise — that my journey has actually been quite linear. I went from design school, to working in the fashion industry, to styling, and then back to fashion with Alabama Chanin. It is unlikely that I would have appreciated how direct my path has been if I hadn’t been asked to reflect upon my journey. Thanks to a few flight delays, day-long drives, and long afternoons spent gardening, I’ve been able to spend some quality time reflecting upon the events of my past. Sometimes it takes a little time to gain perspective.

I am incredibly proud of my company, my amazing team, and everything we’ve accomplished in the past decade. When things are running smoothly in our studio (as has happened once or twice in the ten years since we opened our doors), I feel an unrivaled sense of calm and satisfaction. However, it is the creative chaos, the phones that ring (but cannot be found), the revolving cast of friends and clients, and the unwavering support of my family that are much more invigorating and make me understand that my path has been the right one — for me.

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APRIL + SWATCH OF THE MONTH

ALABAMA CHANIN – APRIL + SWATCH OF THE MONTH

With the arrival of April (and the announcement of our partnership with Nest), it feels as though we are finally settling into the year. April’s warmer weather is also welcomed with open arms (and horseback rides). April is a busy month.

April is National Poetry Month. Poetry lovers can begin a project using our Poetry stencil—available for download on our Resources page or work your favorite poem or quote directly onto any garment.

Here is what’s on the horizon for April:

April 2 – International Children’s Book Day—Maggie recommends favorites by Maira Kalman.

April 5 – Easter Sunday – however you choose to celebrate, we hope you approach today with a spirit of renewal.

April 7 – Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns launches (very exciting)

April 11 – This day we host our Alabama Chanin Open House + Community Picnic, plus our One-Hour Mini-Workshops at the Factory. Spend a day with our team at The Factory. Sign up for mini-workshops on dyeing, stenciling, and/or sewing. For the potluck-style picnic, we provide barbecue and “fixins”—so bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. The open house is free and open to the public.

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NEWSLETTER #27

Newsletter-#27 Newsletter #27 features our upcoming Community Picnic + Annual Open House—and recent partnership with Nest. We continue our Mother’s Day Gift Guides for Alabama Chanin and DIY through May—and will be hosting two brunches: Mother’s Day Brunch on May 10th and our Friends of the Café | Makeshift brunch titled “Pies + Casseroles: A Celebration of the Southern Oven” with Angie Mosier and Lisa Donovan on May 17th.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

OPEN HOUSE + COMMUNITY PICNIC

Alabama Chanin Open House + Community PicnicOur first Open House and Company Picnic—in 2002—was held in the back yard of our first production office and studio at Lovelace Crossroads—a brick ranch-style house located just north of Florence, Alabama. We invited our staff, our artisans, their families, and anyone else in the community that wanted to join us for an afternoon of what we lovingly call “Dinner on the Ground.” And so they came with blankets and quilts and fold-out chairs—our families, our neighbors, and folks that heard what we were doing and wanted to know just what we were up to in that little house.

We spread our blankets and filled picnic tables with food, potluck-style. It was a time to show off your famous cinnamon rolls or cook your grandmother’s famous fried chicken recipe. It felt magical, moving from one picnic blanket to the next, meeting one another’s loved ones that we’d all heard so much about. It was a day of blue skies and music. There were children and grandchildren, spouses, grandparents, best friends, and dogs—most with plates full of potato salad, barbecue, biscuits, and pie.

Friends and neighbors came and went, but many of us stayed for hours—telling stories and more stories. As afternoon turned to evening, we rolled up blankets and packed up the leftovers (there are almost always leftovers; as Southerners, it’s against our raising to run out of food). We were all stuffed, a little pink from the sun, and satisfied.

That was the first of many picnics. Each year, there were new faces and always many friends. There was often music and always laughter. Times changed, and we moved from Lovelace Crossroads to The Factory in 2007 but we never forgot that Alabama Chanin is deeply a part of this community and that we want our community to remain deeply connected to us.

And so, this year we reinstate our annual Alabama Chanin Community Picnic on April 11, beginning at 10:00am at The Factory.

Come one, come all…bring your family and friends, your favorite side dish, and your very best stories.

P.S.: For a complete listing of the day’s schedule of events visit here–and to register for one of our mini-workshops on indigo dyeing, stenciling, and/or sewing visit here.

 

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.30.2015 – 4.4.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.30.2015 – 4.4.2015

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4:

STORE
Make plans now to join us for our Community Picnic on Saturday, April 11. Festivities of the day will include a pot-luck style picnic (bring your favorite side dish or dessert), guided tours of the studio, and one-hour mini-workshops.

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.

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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