Inspiration: Alabama Chanin

10 Feb

Every once in a while I’ll see a photo of some hand-stitched, hand dyed garment with a motif of floral cutouts, or an interesting texture created with a simple stitch, and I catch my breath and follow the links….

…and find Alabama Chanin.
I love the textures and the layers, and the way the raw handstitching is so often used in garments that end up being so much more elegant than a sum of their parts.  Of course, their items are also way out of my budget, so I will look, and learn, and as I’m thinking about ways to create, and ways to refashion things into new iterations, I will remember the way rough stitches look next to an unfinished raw edge of fabric, and can still be perfectly glamorous.

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6 Responses to “Inspiration: Alabama Chanin”

  1. ReadyThreadSew February 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    WOW!! There are some seriously gorgeous pieces on that website, but the prices are even more WOW!! A simple tank top costs more than I paid for my car (although I do buy cheap cars).

    • handmadejulie February 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      I know, right?! I appreciate their intent, “slow design” and “sustainability.” But those are the very essence of handcrafting, so I’d like to look at those not as just another batch of luxury retail items, but rather as design inspiration for my own recycled materials and artisan craftsmanship.

      • Tine Kindermann February 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

        Well, Natalie Chanin actually gives away all of her secrets, including her patterns and techniques, in her (soon to be three) books, and the intention is that crafty people without the budget to buy her fashion still have a way of creating and owning these clothes! And the books are very affordable and a wonderful source…I have made so many pieces based on them already. Really worth checking out.

  2. Denise August 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I have started my wardrobe of hand made ala Chanin. I am thrilled with the fact that I made it and that it was custom,,, just for me. In this journey, I have found that more is not best, and recycling some of my other items into my project of the month has endeared the outfit even more to me. I am in the process of moving to Ecuador to retire with my husband and this is the perfect destresser during this move time. Plus, I have a lot less to pack as I am only taking a storm coat in addition to my new handmade clothes.

    Call me happy.

    • handmadejulie August 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      That sounds wonderful! Best of luck on both your move, and your wardrobe.

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