Perfect for all of the upcoming festivities and beyond, our Beaded Seam Corset is easy to make for yourself by following the pattern with instructions from page 145 of Alabama Stitch Book (on sale for $25 this month). As one of the most popular garments in our collections, the corset is designed to show off a woman’s best assets, enhancing natural curves.
Purchase our DIY Beaded Corset Kit, ready-to-sew with all notions needed to complete the project, made from 100% organic cotton jersey.
A flattering pick for any party. Pair with our swing skirt or blue jeans and celebrate.
Kristina’s Rose is one of our newest fabric designs and stencil patterns, seen in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. The undulating circular pattern is reminiscent of the Circle Spiral Applique from page 156 of Alabama Studio Style, but translated using more elegant techniques.
Highlighted in Chapter 8 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.: Fabric + Fabric Maps, the Kristina’s Rose fabric (page 126) uses the folded stripe appliqué technique from page 108 of Chapter 7 in combination with the stripe with beaded chain stitch on page 105, and the beaded rosebud stitch from page 79 of Chapter 5 – all worked in loose, undulating circles.
Last month, we began a conversation about the intersection of Fashion, Craft, and DIY. That dialogue started with our friends at Vena Cava and continues this week with a story and a pattern from Anna Sui.
Below are instructions for Alabama Chanin’s basic version of an Anna Sui dress pattern in coral, the newest color in our cotton-jersey fabric collection. This fabric is hand-dyed in Nashville, Tennessee, using the common madder plant, which is native to Africa, temperate Asia, and America. The dye is extracted from the roots of this plant and creates a beautiful coral color.
Get started on your own Anna Sui dress, either basic or embellished, and leave us a note about the intersection of fashion and craft in the comments section of this post by Sunday, February 19th, at midnight for a chance to win the sample dress (size 6) pictured here.
Last Thursday, we wrote about Vena Cava and began a dialogue (one we plan to continue every Thursday) about the intersection of Fashion, Craft and DIY. While in New York a few weeks back, I sat down for a quick coffee with Lisa Mayock – half of the Vena Cava design team – to share our DIY Dresses and talk about fashion, life, and open sourcing. We appreciate all the response and emails from our post last week and look forward to continuing this conversation. Here, a little chat about the Vena Cava/Vogue Designer Patterns collaboration:
Yesterday, making use of the beautiful fall weather, June and I shot pictures of new DIY Kits for our Two-Hour and One-Day Workshops. These new kits are exclusive to our workshops and are launching next week for all the upcoming events.
The new kit selection for Two-Hour Workshops include (among others) the Onesie shown above and the Baby Blanket pictured below.
I know what I will be gifting my (many) pregnant friends for the holidays! Sign up your favorite friend, daughter, son, and/or yourself by Sunday, November 23rd and receive a 10% discount with the code HANDMADEHOLIDAY.
A variation on our classic DIY Swing Skirt, our new Facets Swing Skirt is 6″ longer, has all-over embroidery and reverse applique in the facets stenciling. Choose your own fabric and thread colors and we will cut to your size specifications. Follow the instructions for reverse applique and construction from Alabama Stitch Book to make your very own.
Our floor sweeping skirt is made of soft, wearable jersey. Pull-on design is framed by stretchable stitching, and can easily be worn slung low on your hips or high above your natural waist. The Long Embroidered Skirt is comfortable enough for everyday, but the incredible all-over design and details allow it to fit any occasion. Shown here worked in Negative Reverse Applique with our Anna’s Garden stencil. Make this perfect piece yourself with a CUSTOM DIY Kit and in the stencil design of your choice.
The hand-stitching adds a structural element and the subtle weight allows for a flattering drape.
Pieces like these are my secret weapon for a day travel, followed by an event. Add a change of shoes, a little mascara and lip-gloss for a total transformation in under five minutes.
Although it will take more than five minutes to make-it-yourself.
Also available in our Bloomers pattern.
Our newest DIY Kit:
Reverse Applique Rose Tank Dress
Perfect for every occasion, this 100% organic cotton jersey tank dress from Alabama Studio Style uses a Rose Placement Stencil from Alabama Stitch Book patterned all-over the garment front and back. Choose your own fabric and thread colors .
Shown here in black with black thread.
My son Zach’s lacrosse shirt from high school was re-fashioned following the pattern and instructions from Alabama Stitch Book.
I am not sure if that stain is blood or juice and I prefer not to know.
Choose your team and get started.
This shirt was constructed many years ago using a beaded stitch of my own invention (although I am sure that it has been done before!):
Thread your needle, love your thread and tie off with a double knot. Insert needle through either side of pinned seam, pull through to other side and add one bugle bead. Take one “stab” stitch and bring needle back through to your beginning side. Make one whip stitch over the seam allowance, coming back to the same side. Add one bugle bead and take one “stab stitch” bringing your needle through to the opposite side of your seam. Add bead and repeat.
Post pictures of your Team Corset to our Facebook page:
This corset – one of my all-time favorites – was part of our Songbirds Collection for Fall/Winter 2009.
The pattern is available in Alabama Stitch Book and it is made using our 100% organic indigo fabric and the Angie’s Fall stencil from Alabama Studio Style.
TO MAKE YOUR OWN:
Corset pattern from Alabama Stitch Book
2 yards 100% organic indigo fabric
Pearl Silver airbrush paint
Placement Angie’s Fall stencil
1 spool Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Slate #26
1 package Red bugle beads