Natalie Chanin Introduced Her New Line at Fashion Week

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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I blogged about Natalie Chanin's book, The Alabama Stitch Book, months ago. I was mesmerized by the beautiful details in her garments, which were mostly made from repurposed knits. In case you missed it (I almost did), she debuted her new collection, titled Songbirds, at Fashion Week the last week of February. Check out all fashion and what was going on behind the scenes at I love when handcraft makes it to the's very inspiring!! (It gives little designers like me something to strive for!) If you want more, check out Natalie Chanin's website. It's a treasure trove of creative ideas. You can create her beautiful garments yourself. The Alabama Stitch Book is full of projects complete with patterns, a stencil, and instructions. If you want all the stuff you need to make a skirt or top, order one of her kits (sometimes it's nice not to have to scrounge around for fabric). For instant gratification, there's ready-to-wear, too!

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Nifty_Thrifty writes: I totally lurve Natalie Chanin's book - she's one of the people who made me pick up some fabric and start making stuff again. The thing that inspires me the most is the way she re-uses cast off T-Shirts in such a creative way - it's high end upcycling. I also love that she has brought the cooton industry back to her home town. I've made her book cover and pin cushion so far and am about to embark on the graphic corset. I've posted pics of these on my blog
Posted: 3:31 am on March 7th
peggradyart writes: Natalie Chanin's work is an inspiration! I've made quite a few pieces from her book and have finally reached the conclusion that sewing machines, while they certainly have their place, do not call to me, it's the handwork that is satisfying and that creates the beauty in finished piece. When I wear my headband it never fails to bring positive comments (and it covers up bad hair days with such flair!)
Posted: 9:48 am on March 6th
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