Alabama Chanin


I am so proud to be a Southerner, and an Alabamian at that (Roll Tide!). If you haven’t heard of Alabama Chanin, or her former line, Project Alabama, then I am so pleased to introduce you to Natalie Chanin. She is an Alabama native who has lived around the world (including one of my favorite place, Vienna) and has returned to the Heart of Dixie to serve as home base for her company. Alabama used to be in giant in the textile industry (King Cotton sound familiar?) and since it’s deterioration due mostly to outsourcing, Natalie gives former textile workers jobs by teaching them exquisite sewing techniques. All of her products, which include not only fabulous garments for men and women, but also furniture and home dec, are 100% handmade. How swelligant is that? Southern Lady magazine is profiling her for our summer issue, and I’m going to get to meet her! I’m beside myself.

Her new book, the Alabama Stitch Book, is available online and in stores now. The book contains patterns, how-tos, and beautiful stories (my favorite is how to “love” your thread) so that you can make your own stuff! You really don’t want to miss this one. The picture above is my first project from the book. I’ve been doing appliqué for years, but this is my first attempt at reverse appliqué. I think it turned out pretty good!

Here are some pictures from her book (via If you try your hand, send me pics!


For only $75, not only do you get this amazing hand-crafted shirt, and ALL of the profits benefit Architecture for Humanity for the work they are doing in the Gulf Coast area post-Katrina.


Close up and personal with the reverse applique technique.


The Alabama Stitch Book, a must-have in my life!

2 thoughts on “Alabama Chanin

  1. I love this book, I am almost finished with my reverse applique corset. I was so excited when she came out with the book, I was a huge fan of the project alabama line.

  2. Isn’t it the most gorgeous book EVER?! Please send me a picture of your project when you’re done! I can’t wait to start on my next piece; there is something so addictive about doing something so small and meticulous.

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