The Shirt Bundle
This project was inspired by a shirt of Natalie’s that, with a disappearing ink pen, she wrote a simple one-word decree on the cuff and embroidered over it: Hope. One word can convey so much. A sentiment. A moment in time. A thought made tangible with needle and thread. For Natalie and all of us, the word ‘Hope’ carries a deep and significant meaning right now. Use this bundle to craft your own shirt and embroider your own sentiment on the sleeve cuff—or anywhere you'd like. Our hope is when you pull this shirt from your closet in the years to come that you will be reminded of your life at the moment you stitched the pieces together and of the resiliency of your words.
• The Jumpsuit Pattern (includes variations for The Shirt, Shirt Dress, and Jumpsuit) with instructions
• 2 yards of 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey in the color of your choice
• 3 spools of matching Button Craft thread
• 1 spool of matching Embroidery Floss
• 7 #7 Snaps
• The School of Making label
Please note that while this project includes the pattern variations for The Jumpsuit and Shirt Dress, the fabric and notions amounts are intended to make The Shirt.
Add The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making for inspiration and in-depth instruction on a variety of embroidery techniques and stitches.
The Shirt, included in the master Jumpsuit pattern, is shown here with the optional sleeve cuff. This utilitarian design features a flattering, fitted bust and a classic "button up" style, but we choose to use snaps instead. Pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL along with instructions for fabric selection, cutting, and garment construction.
Hope (+ The Shirt)
In these unprecedented times, hope has become a pivotal emotion for all of us. There is so much wrapped up in our hope for the future, our hope for change, our hopes for well-being. Hope has always been a driving force in Alabama Chanin and The School of Making, where—against all odds—we were able to build a family of businesses in a rural county, using hand embroidery techniques.
Artisan embroidery has always played a vital and meaningful role at Alabama Chanin and The School of Making. From a simple monogram on a scarf to elaborate stitching on jackets and dresses, our artisans use this hand sewing skill passed down from generations of their families to craft truly unique and heirloom pieces. For so many of our makers, this skill is gradually learned over a lifetime, refined and expanded with each new project. Embroidery allows one to customize even the most basic of garments into a reflection of themselves and their own hopes.