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Three-Day Workshop

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Instructor: Natalie Chanin and The School of Making team

Our popular Classic Weekend Workshop is reintroduced as our Three-Day Workshop in a new and improved format. This workshop opens our studio doors at The Factory in Florence, Alabama, and allows participants to work with Natalie, our in-house team, a selection of our most loved DIY garment patterns, and our extensive DIY stencil library. Participants create a customized, hand-sewn garment or project of their choice from Alabama Stitch BookAlabama Studio StyleAlabama Studio Sewing + Design, or Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. The three-day schedule also includes a Swampette tour of the Shoals music scene, history of Alabama Chanin with Natalie, and a studio tour.

Thursday, November 4 – Saturday, November 6, 2021
Workshop begins Thursday at 10:00am.

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

$1,495 includes materials, tours, instruction, breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday brunch, plus small bites, snacks, and cocktails along the way.  

For more information, contact:, or call: 256-760-1090 Monday - Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm CST

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Three-Day Workshop Itinerary

Three-Day Workshop Itinerary


  • 10:00am: Doors Open and Coffee
  • 10:30am – 11:00am: Understanding Design Choices
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm: Garment and Fabric Library Exploration, Finalizing Project Selections, and Open Lunch at The Factory Café
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm: Factory Tour
  • 2:45pm – 4:30pm: Dessert and Coffee (Optional)
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Travel to Gold Record Room (Optional)
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Swampette Tour (Optional)
  • 7:00pm: Dinner Reservation at Odette in Downtown Florence (Optional)


  • 9:00am: Doors Open and Light Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 12:00pm: Physics of Sewing and Getting Started
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch from The Factory Café
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Exploring Techiniques and Embroidery
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Dessert and Coffee
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Open Studio Time


  • 9:00am – 9:30am: Light Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 3:00pm: Seams and Construction
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Dessert, Coffee, and History of the Company
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Closing Session and Checkout